Homestead Living and Livestock

Practical skills for modern homesteading, sustainable agriculture, and self-sufficient urban or country living.

SmartBee Cold Storage: Giving Bees a Chance

By Melanie Kirby

Israel Bravo, a beekeeper in Twin Falls, ID helps to develop a cold storage facility to overwinter honey bees. This process embraces forms of biomimicry to give bees a break during the dearth while allowing beekeepers to steward their bees and manage for early spring pollination.

Why and How We Use Comfrey at Our Country Home

By Rebecca Harrold

Comfrey is a homesteader's dream plant. As we are discovering its myriad uses, weโ€™re appreciating comfrey more and more.

Wise Choices in Chicken Breeds

By Anna Twitto

How to choose the chicken breed that would be best for you.


Q&A on Remote, High-Elevation Homesteading

By Bruce McElmurray

Many factors entered into living remotely, but mostly, we wanted to spend our retirement in the mountains. From first visiting our property at 9,800 feet, we fell in love with the seclusion and wildlife. In 20 years of full-time living here with the animals, we've had a couple iffy encounters โ€” here is a rundown on how to deal with remote living in the mountains: predators, water, food procurement and more.

Great Guide to Guinea Fowl

From providing pest control to acting as therapy animals, find out how guineas are improving lives! Tune into the MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Friends podcast episode Great Guide to Guinea Fowl!

Photo Essay: Mother Earth News Fair in Pictures

By Carole Coates

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I'm saving lots of words by offering you an overview of the Pennsylvania Mother Earth News Fair in pictures.

8 Homesteading Winter Preparations to Begin in the Fall

By Kayla Matthews

A self-sufficient lifestyle requires attention and preparation. As the summer months end and the fall weather begins to roll in, winter preparation is necessary for the future of your garden, pasture or ranch. Here are eight winter prep tips homesteaders should complete by the end of autumn.

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