Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Managing Your Property for Healthy Wildlife with Dr. Grant Woods, Part 1

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

This article introduces to our hunters, homesteaders and self-sufficient individuals who harvest deer each year to feed their families.

How to Keep Your Chickens Happy: A Chicken Owner’s Adventures

By Claire E.

Chickens get bored easily, so they need a lot of enrichment activities. Here are some tactics Claire E. and her family have tried, including a few misadventures.

Getting Started With Milk Sheep, Part 3: Lambing, Milking Your Sheep, and Using Sheep Milk

By Kat Ludlam, Willow Creek Farm

Milk sheep are a unique and fun option for dairy livestock on a small homestead. This post covers lambing, how to milk your sheep, and processing and using the milk.

Starting a Small Business in 6 Steps

By Morgan Houk

Turn your garden or poultry side gig into a steady income and reap the benefits of conducting business aboveboard.


A Beginner's Guide to Hunting Firearms

By Bruce Woods

A beginner's guide to hunting firearms, the article ensures beginning hunters are properly outfitted and safe, including types of guns, gun prices, choices of ammo and gun optics. Originally published as "The Guns of July" July/August 1987 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Deer Hunting for Beginners

By Bruce Woods

If you're interested in beginning to hunt deer, start with this introduction to the basics, from tips on choosing a place to hunt to illustrated steps for dressing your kill. Originally published as "A Beginner's Guide to Deer Hunting" in the November/December 1989 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

My Pony-Powered Gardens Work!

By Alexia Allen, Hawthorn Farm

Two Amish-trained ponies enjoy retirement teaching me how to farm with horses. We're growing more food and having more fun than ever before.

Lessons from a Goat Kidding C-Section

By Dyan Redick, Bittersweet Heritage Farm

My head milking goat survived a horrendous kidding this year, resulting in a C-section.After almost 12 weeks of care, I have lessons to share.

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