Homestead Living and Livestock

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

A Homestead Hog Watering System that Works (for Us)

By Nicole G. Carlin, Singing Wren Farm

After some trial and error, we have found the hog waterer that works best for our American Guinea Hogs. Learn from our trial-and-error experiencing with hog watering systems using rubber pans, plastic PVC pipe, and plastic barrels.

How to Build your Own Chicken Hut

By David Woods, Log Cabin Hub

David Woods, craftsman and chicken coop builder, shares how to build a chicken coop hut and lessons he learned along the way.

Must-Haves for a Successful Farmers Market

By Julia Shewchuk

Must haves for a farmers market that will help you be a big seller.

Trying Out a New Feed for my Chickens

Exploring new feed to increase chicken health, calcium levels, and bacteria prevention.


From Lambs to Llamas: Raising Livestock for Fiber

Learn all about fiber animals, their husbandry, and the fiber that they produce.

Buying a Country Property

By Jay Cassell

Learn the ins and outs of country property buying and find out if it is the right choice for you and your family.

Mother Earth News Fair Highlights, Part 2

By Carole Coates

If you're planning to attend one of the Mother Earth's sustainable living weekend events, you may need help deciding which Mother Earth News Fair workshops to attend. Here are some of my picks from Asheville. You can catch most of these speakers at the remaining events this year.

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.

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