Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Costs to Start Off-Grid Homestead

By Alyssa Craft

This young couple quit their lives in the city to start a homestead in the country 100% from scratch. They are documenting their expenses every step of the way in hopes of helping others that wish to embark on a similar adventure.

Water Storage Hassles I've Faced During My Off-Grid Life

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

It is amazing how little water a person can live with when knowing how precious it is.

How to Choose and Use a Portable Generator

Portable generators offer a safe, convenient way to provide power to a home during an outage.

Tetanus: The Case of the Downer Horses

By Jon Geller

Tetanus can be fatal to some livestock, who may also be more susceptible.


Laminitis: A Debilitating Disease for Horses

By Jon Geller, D.V.M.

MOTHER's Country Vet shares tips on farm animal health. Laminitis is known as a debilitating and often fatal disease, causing pain and inflammation in horse hooves. Originally published as "Laminitis a Horses Worst Nightmare" April/May 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

How to Build and Stock a Pantry

By Gail Damerow

Design, build and fill a pantry that will provide your family with enough food to get through an emergency, a snowstorm, or just day-to-day life. Originally published as 'The Well-Stocked Pantry" in the August/September 1993 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Get Your Homestead Ready for Spring

Whether you recently purchased the property of your dreams or you are finally considering getting the tools you need to better manage your homestead or hobby farm, spring is a great time to take stock of your property to determine how to best manage it all year long.

Stocking the Pantry for Three Months of Meals

By Jay P. Curry

Learn about stocking the pantry for three months of meals, includes information on storing the basics, meal plans, storing the right amount for meals, labeling foods and saving money. Originally published as "Sensible Stocking and Storing" August/September 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

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