Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Farming Rule #5: Successful Farms are Successful Businesses

By Forrest Pritchard

From Forrest Pritchard’s MOTHER EARTH NEWS blog series “5 Important Rules Every New Farmer Should Know”, Forrest recounts his advice for what makes a successful farm business, including choosing paid positions, farm internships, and taking advantage of free farm education opportunities.

Splitting a Beehive

Join Russell Mullin and Suzanna Vazquez as they walk through the process of splitting a beehive.

Capturing a Bee Swarm

Watch as Editor Russell Mullin captures a swarm.

Installing a Bee Hotel

Join Russell Mullin as he shows how to properly install a "bee hotel" for mason and leafcutter bees.


Using A Misting System

By Bruce McElmurray

How we use a misting system as another tool in case of wildfire.

Pioneering Self-reliance in Fredericksburg, Texas: Part 1

By Lisa Kivirist

Fredericksburg, Texas, is an idyllic and bustling small town that serves as a testament to the pioneering spirit of the West and hard-scrabble determination of the German immigrants who originally settled these 2,000 square miles of Texas’ Hill Country.

Keeping Backyard Bees

Keeping Backyard Bees is a joint effort by Mother Earth News and Grit magazines to create a hive mind of information on bees, beekeeping, pollen, hives, honey, and much more. Our audience may be seasoned beekeepers, interested in starting a hive, or just concerned about the well-being of bees and want to know how to help. You can make a difference, and we’re here to show you how.

Mother Earth News Fair Highlights, Part I

By Carole Coates

The author takes you on a tour of Asheville Mother Earth News Fair activities other than the always-informative workshops.