Homestead Living and Livestock

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

How I Chose a Border Collie as a Working Dog Breed, Part 4: Accounting for Training

By Mary Powell, Barnyard Weed Warriors

We moved to Oregon for a while, and I found some people who used Border Collies, to move sheep and cattle. When I watched what their dogs could do with real training, I realized just how little Allie and I knew about the real world of Border Collies.

Bigfoot of Maine Boot-Slippers Review

By the Mother Earth News staff

An editor from Mother Earth News magazine reviews a pair of boot-slippers that will help keep mud off your floors.

52 Homestead Skills Series

Boost your know-how by joining in our series of basic skills every homesteader should know.

Shoveling Snow

By Felicia Rose

Consider shoveling snow by hand rather than using machinery. In doing so, you may discover unexpected benefits.


Homemade Bread and a Woodstove

By Michael Johnathon

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

Dealing with Barber Pole Worms

By Shelly DeVore, Farminence

Recognizing a barber pole worm problem and handling it properly could make all the difference for you sheep or goat herd.

How I Chose a Border Collie as a Working Dog Breed, Part 3: Dealing with High Energy and Separation Anxiety

By Mary Powell, Barnyard Weed Warriors

Border Collies are an extension of ourselves, when we are using them as a working dog. Their over-the-top desire to please and do work can often lead them into paths of destruction if we leave them to their own devices.

The ABCs of Homesteading: Q is for Quiet Reflection

By Tasha Greer

This is the 16th blog post in an alphabetically organized introduction to homesteading. It covers the importance of and ways to use quiet reflection to achieve greater self-sufficiency.

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