Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Sawmilling on a Family Farm in Upstate New York

By The Wood-Mizer Team

Lynn Beachy and his family offer custom milling services to their local community on a 70-acre farm in New York, USA.


Homescratch Homestead, Step 2: Financing

By Lyndsay Dawson Mynatt

Exploring options to finance property.


Why You Should Be Letting Your Chickens Out

By Shelby DeVore, Farminence

The best way that you can raise chickens is free-ranging them. If you have ample room, let your chickens out during the day. There are so many benefits that you won't want to keep them cooped up!


Growing Up Off-Grid: Interview with a Traditional Skills Pioneer

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

This article was produced from a 2019 interview with Renee, a 57-year-old retired librarian and knowledge manager, and married mom of two adult sons who lives 12 miles south of the state capital in Warren County, Iowa. As Renee will tell it, she “was raised with MOTHER EARTH NEWS.” And while she doesn’t claim to be an expert, but rather someone that learned and utilized information from the magazine from an early age, she’s used all the skills she learned through the years. “I still ‘use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without’, Renee says, and brings her feelings of blessed happiness into daily reading, weeding, crafting, and cultivation of the simple life.


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How To Maintain A Gravel Drive Using A Box Blade With Hydraulic Scarifiers

Keep your gravel driveway smooth and firm by using a blade box with hydraulic scarifiers.


Backyard Poultry, Part 1: Growing Goslings to 4 Weeks

By Marissa Buchanan, Buchanan's Barnyard

Do you know how fast a gosling grows? This article covers how to raise your baby geese from hatching to 4 weeks.


The Lighter Side of Border Collies

By Mary Powell, Barnyard Weed Warrior

Miss Allie has always been silly but her silliness can also get the other dogs in trouble. Poor Fly learned the hard way that Grandma Allie can get her in trouble.


How to Treat Hoof Rot in Goats

By Shelby DeVore, Farminence

Hoof rot is a common issue that goat farmers must know how to deal with.



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