Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Salatin Family Models Non-Industrial Farming

Andrew Perkins, Mother Earth News Fair Director

Salatin Family turns abused farm land into non-industrial food production oasis while unknowingly creating a future Mother Earth News Fair location!

Senior Homesteading at High Elevation

By Bruce McElmurray

How seniors find tasks more difficult in the mountains and make adjustments to compensate for elevation and weather.

The Art of Selling Homestead Products

By Emmet Van Driesche

Make sure you’re earning back the value of your products with solid sales and display strategies, no matter what you’re selling.

A Useful Can on the Farm

Reader Letters

Read up on readers’ tips for reusing coffee cans, DIY car lumber rack, fabric scraps to quilts, watering with snow, and more.


Dear Mother: Mother’s Eco-Village Beginning

By Readers

Read letters from longtime readers, learn about Mother’s history, and examples of readers going against the grain.

Off-Grid and Free: Siting a House and Elements of Our New Homestead

By Ron Melchiore

We have a road in and now it's time to position the house along with all the other elements like orchard, garden, well etc.

11 Lessons Learned from Our First Year Homesteading

By Rosemary Hansen

The homesteading lifestyle has many unique challenges, especially for those who are new to it. Rosemary Hansen offers her perspective.

Ayam Cemani Chickens

By Shelby DeVore, Farminence

These unique chickens are real and can be misunderstood. Learn about this amazing breed of chicken.

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