Homesteading & Livestock

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

How Homesteaders Can Vacation

By Mary Lou Shaw

Getting away on vacation is important for homesteaders' mental health and the health of their relationships. However, having animals to care for can make this feel almost impossible to do. With the help of community and some tips for keeping things simple, vacations are both possible and fun.


Soap Making Terms and Tools

By Julia Shewchuk, Serenity Acres Farm

Continue your journey to discover your inner successful soap maker with these step by step instructions.


Backyard Chickens: A Website for Poultry Lovers

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

With over 450,000 members, BackyardChickens.com is a website dedicated to all things poultry! With information on breeds, coop designs, and a healthy forum, this is a great go-to place if you want to learn more, or already have your own flock.


Dealing With Predators

By Anna Twitto

How chickens can be both prey and predators.


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Self-Reliant Living Is a Family Affair on This Hawaiian Homestead

By K.C. Compton

The Atwell family is working together to build a Hawaiian homestead haven, complete with hardy crops and a solar-powered home.


Dear MOTHER April/May 2017

From MOTHER EARTH NEWS Readers

Reader letters about straw mulch, a high school sustainable-building project, healing after fire, and more.


Turn Food Scraps Into Poultry Feed

By Joel Salatin

Give your chickens additional nutrition by balancing their rations with food and garden waste.


Cut Firewood the Easy Way

By Kevin Gleaves

With the right tools and some creative thinking, you can create a less strenuous system for processing firewood on the homestead.