Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Homesteading Mistakes and Lessons Learned, Part 2: Forget the Big Picture

By Becca Moore

Homesteading is about living our lives simply and self-sufficiently. We wanted to leave the stresses of the world and live our lives the way we have been created to. Poor planning, not having our priorities straight, and not enjoying the journey led to a lot of discouragement and feelings of failure.

Why Farmers and Homesteaders Can (and should) Vacation

By Shelby DeVore-Farminence

Prevent homesteading fatigue and reward yourself with a break every now and then. Your mind and body will thank you for it!

Learn a New Homesteading Skill (or 52) this Year!

By Carrie Williams Howe

The Homesteader's Book Club is excited to read Kimberlee Bastien's Book 52 Homestead Skills this winter. Her friendly and welcoming writing style is what drew us to this educational read.

How I Chose a Border Collie as a Working Dog Breed, Part 5: Talents and Intelligence

By Mary Powell, Barnyard Weed Warriors

Are Border Collies a useful working dog breed for a farm, ranch, or homestead? If you have livestock, they are the best hired hand you can have. This most intelligent dog breed can figure out your routine, who belongs where, and if something is wrong, they are the first to know.


39 Years Off Grid Homesteading: Time to Move On

By Ron and Johanna Melchiore

We’ve lived the off grid, homesteading lifestyle for 39 years on two different homesteads. Each homestead was built from scratch. We recently moved from the Saskatchewan wilderness and are building our last homestead, again from scratch, on the coast of Nova Scotia. This will be an ongoing story of our journey from the bush to the ocean.

Woodstove Radiant Heat Pro-Con

By Bruce McElmurray

Heating with a wood stove is cheap, efficient and comfortable yet a little messy.

Keeping Ducks

By Nicole Wilkey

Keeping ducks on your homestead for eggs or meat and their needs.


By Mary Powell

I never intended to raise pups, but I did and I found out it is a LOT of work and takes a lot of time.

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