Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Thinking of Trying Turkeys? Some Tips For Raising a Small Flock

By Rebecca Harrold

Tips from first timers who raised a small flock of heritage turkeys.

The ABCs of Homesteading: P is for Ponds and Preparedness

By Tasha Greer

This is the 15th blog post in an alphabetically organized introduction to homesteading. It covers climate change preparedness and pond making.

Mercantile: Solar Gem Greenhouse and the Ultimate Cheese Press Review

Mother Earth News editors recommend the Solar Gem Greenhouse and the ultimate cheese press for our December 2018 / January 2019 issue.

Chicken Behavior: The Dust Bath

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

The dust bath is an important part of chicken behavior. Learn why it is so valuable to their well-being, and how to make your own dust-bath mixture for them!


Farm Safety Takes Caution and Experience

By Joel Salatin

Pay attention and practice prevention to keep yourself secure while doing farm work.

Future Farmers Face Investors for Farmland

By Lydia Noyes

Investors now hold nearly one-third of U.S. farmland and lease it to farmers, taking advantage of rising land prices; but their holdings present a barrier to new farmers seeking land.

Homestead Emergency Products

You can hope for the best but prepare for the worst with these durable off-grid innovations ready to reliably take on any homestead crisis.

Creative Possibilities of Old Windows

Read tips from our readers on upcycling windows, composting in the winter, making homemade lip balm, fighting weeds, and more.

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