Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Beekeeping Tips

By Kim Walter

Tips for the bee yard.


How to Recover from a Fire on a Homestead

By Bobbi Peterson

Knowing how to prevent a house fire and knowing what to do if one occurs is something every homesteader should have knowledge of.


Dear MOTHER October/November 2017

Letters from our readers about aging gardeners, resilience in the face of natural disaster, and more.


Things to Consider When Buying a Tractor

By Tim Nephew

A closer look at your farm and acreage is the first step when considering a new — or new-to-you — tractor purchase.


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I'm at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair!

By Carole Coates

Have you been wondering what goes on at a Mother Earth News Fair? Read here for a play-by-play of my first day at the Seven Springs, PA, fair.


Security Considerations for Remote Homesteads

By Anna Twitto

It isn’t a secret that living remotely exposes one to a certain risk — in fact, there are thieves and burglars specializing in remote homesteads and farms. Here is my advice for ensuring security on a remote homestead.


Tree Felling: Safety First

By Bruce McElmurray

Falling trees can be dangerous, so use safe practices.


Chickens on the Homestead: To Pasture or Free-range?

By Rebecca Harrold

At our home we use a combination of pasturing and free-ranging for our chickens. We’ve given each method a try and find that a mix of the two works best for us.



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