Homesteading & Livestock

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

Choosing the Right Rooster

By Mary Lou Shaw

Choosing the right rooster is necessary to sustain your heritage breed flock . Selecting for the correct phenotype is important, but choosing a rooster with the right amount of vigor is essential.

The Therapy of the Clothesline

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

People have different ways of unwinding during moments of stress; whether it's rocking on the front porch, reading a good book, or hanging clothes on the line. By focusing on the simple things in life, you can find peace in hard times.

Pork Jerky from Happy Pigs

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

Roam sticks are what happens when pasture, pigs, and permaculture come together.

Breeding with Broodies

By Anna Twitto

A basic guide of breeding chickens the natural way.


Senior Living In The Mountains

By Bruce McElmurray

As seniors, living in the mountains presents challenges, but seniors can live in the mountains if they adjust.

Transitioning Off the Grid

By John Klar

Useful ideas to help make the move off the grid.

Raising the Livestock Guardian Dog Puppy

By Jan Dohner

It is common to receive conflicting advice on how to raise a full time working LGD. There are slightly different ways to introduce a LGD puppy to livestock and foster the bond between them. The method you use depends greatly upon your situation.

Beekeeping Short Course & Queen Rearing at WSU

By Melanie M. Kirby, Zia Queen Bees

Washington State University Bee courses June 9-11, 2017 includes workshops on everything you need to know to get started with keeping and raising healthy honey bees.