Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Homesteading Mistakes and Lessons Learned: Part 1

By Becca Moore

My family had been dreaming about buying our own homestead for many years. So, when the opportunity arose, we jumped on it without even thinking twice. We were quite ignorant and naïve about the entire process and were humbled by our experience. The lessons we’ve learned over the last two years will guide us through the rest of our homesteading journey.

Adding Goats to the Homestead

By Shelby DeVore Farmenence

If you are considering adding goats to your farm, there are a few things that you need to be aware of to make sure that your goat experience is rewarding and pleasant.

Artificial Insemination Sires and Online Dating

By Meg Grzeskiewicz, Rhinestone Cattle Co. LLC

Selection of bulls for the artificial insemination of your cows or heifers should not stop with a sire catalog. There are many important factors in bull selection that can’t be determined with catalog information.

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


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.

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