Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Beating the Reptition of Daily Homestead Tasks

By Bruce McElmurray

Many of the daily tasks on our homestead are repetitive year after year.


Does Your Homestead Need Rescuing? The Raneys Can Help and are Casting Now!

By Dorian Velinov, Homestead Rescue

Tell us about the challenges you’re facing. If selected, our homesteading experts will work with you to improve your homestead and sharpen your skills.


We Made Our Farm a Wildlife Garden

By Ellen Sousa

Buying the property that became their horse farm was only half the dream. This Massachusetts couple also wanted it to be a wildlife garden. Originally published as "We Made Our Farm a Garden for Wildlife" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Natural Dogs

From dog breeds to dog feed MOTHER EARTH NEWS has all your dog needs.


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Emergency Preparedness Products for the Homestead or the 'Bug Out Bag'

By John D. Ivanko, Inn Serendipity

These days, it’s best to be prepared for anything, anytime. These emergency preparedness products are up to the task on the homestead or idea for any bug out bag.


Treating a Hypothermic Lamb or Goat Kid

By Kat Ludlam, Willow Creek Farm

Knowing the symptoms of hypothermia and treating them properly and quickly will mean the difference between life or death for your lamb or kid.


Treat Hardware Disease in Cows Using Rumen Magnets

By John Klar

Cattle can develop “Hardware Disease”—traumatic reticuloperitonitis—ingesting metal. Some farmers deposit one or two “cow magnets” in all their cows.


Homemade Bread and a Woodstove

By Michael Johnathon

Old ways may not be practical ... but they sure do taste better.



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