Homesteading & Livestock

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

How to Coppice Trees for Sustainable Firewood

You can grow firewood in a fraction of the time it takes to raise a tree from seed.

Preparing the Farm and Garden for Spring at Polyface Farm

By Joel Salatin

Spring starts early on the Salatin homestead, where winter is packed with preparations for next season’s new growth.

High-Quality, Hand-Forged Homestead Tools

By Amanda Sorell

The Dobkins family crafts long-lasting garden tools to sell from their blacksmith shop in the Ozarks.

New Database Connects Students to Farming Mentors

By Lydia Noyes

Finding farm experience is easier than ever with the Eager Farmer database.


Dear MOTHER February/March 2018


Letters from our readers on how to read MOTHER EARTH NEWS overseas, fortify your homestead from unwanted guests, appreciate our canine and feline helpers, and more

Laundry When You are Living Off Grid

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

Off-grid laundry done by hand and solar dried.

The Cabin In The Woods

By Bruce McElmurray

Mountain living is almost beyond description, but it comes with very hard work and some danger.

Back to the Land With Mother Earth News in Hand

By Kurt Jacobson

A look at the back to the land movement of the 1970s and recreation of that movement in 2018.