Homesteading & Livestock

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

Soap Making Terms and Tools

By Julia Shewchuk, Serenity Acres Farm

Continue your journey to discover your inner successful soap maker with these step by step instructions.

Backyard Chickens: A Website for Poultry Lovers

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

With over 450,000 members, is a website dedicated to all things poultry! With information on breeds, coop designs, and a healthy forum, this is a great go-to place if you want to learn more, or already have your own flock.

Dealing With Predators

By Anna Twitto

How chickens can be both prey and predators.

LIVE From The North Carolina FAIR!

We will be offering FREE live webcasts from the Mother Earth News Fair. We hope you’ll join us! Click the headline to see the schedule and register!


Self-Reliant Living Is a Family Affair on This Hawaiian Homestead

By K.C. Compton

The Atwell family is working together to build a Hawaiian homestead haven, complete with hardy crops and a solar-powered home.

Dear MOTHER April/May 2017


Reader letters about straw mulch, a high school sustainable-building project, healing after fire, and more.

Turn Food Scraps Into Poultry Feed

By Joel Salatin

Give your chickens additional nutrition by balancing their rations with food and garden waste.

Cut Firewood the Easy Way

By Kevin Gleaves

With the right tools and some creative thinking, you can create a less strenuous system for processing firewood on the homestead.