Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Astragalus: The Herb that Heals and Protects Chicken's Immune Systems

By Amy Fewell

We all know that chickens are prey animals. They are susceptible to bacteria, viruses, and diseases. But what if there were an all-natural way to prevent things like bacteria illnesses and even avian flu? Surprisingly enough, the herb astragalus does exactly that.


Looking Through Cashmere: or How to Lose Your Mind with More Goats

By Maggie Bonham

Getting cashmere goats, which provide fiber can be a money making opportunity.


10 Rules for Starting a Successful Farm Business

By Tim Young

Running a successful farm business requires that you recognize the farm isn't a hobby--it's a business. These 10 rules will help you start and run a farm that can sustain both your financial and nutritional needs.


Garlic As Holistic Remedy for Poultry

By Anna Twitto

Use fresh garlic to boost your flock's health.


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Fortify Your Farm

By Joel Salatin

Help your homestead weather any storm or disaster by installing adaptable, resilient infrastructure.


How You Can Use a Scythe on Your Property

By Ian Miller

Save money, invigorate your body, and diversify your property with a scythe.


Raising Grass-Fed Cattle for Better Beef

By Robert D. Copeland

A return to the old-school way of raising beef cattle can lead to food safety, security, and sustainability.


Dear MOTHER December 2017/January 2018

Letters from our readers about alternative tractors, hide tanning, trusted animal companions, and more.



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