Homesteading & Livestock

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

Dear MOTHER April/May 2017


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.

Putting Homegrown Chicken In Your Freezer

By Melissa Souza

Step-by-step of how we processed our own backyard chickens.


Organic Farming and Sawmilling in the Swiss Alps

By Wood Mizer

The addition of a personal sawmill has enabled Heini Hutter to sustainably harvest timber on his organic mountain farm in Switzerland.

Avoiding the Pitfalls Of Failing as a New Homesteader

By Starry Hilder

"I'm done" We have heard it before. New homesteaders throwing in the towel. They are stressed exhausted and they cant take it anymore. Why is this happening? Is there a way to avoid the failure and ensure success? Starry thinks so! Some solid practical tips to review before starting a homestead. Tips that may help new homesteaders avoid the pitfall of failure.

Dairy Goat A to Z: Breeding, Kidding and Milking

By Anna Twitto

A basic overview of breeding and milking goats.

Build A Chicken Tractor

By Melissa Souza

How to build a lawn tractor for rabbits or chickens.