Homestead Living and Livestock

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

We Made Some Mistakes Along the Way Series: Leaving the Nest, Part 1

By Jennifer Dickinson

After years of nesting in our little sub/urban home, it was time to move on to a place we could really spread our wings. That place happened to be in the country on a beautiful fixer upper property where "we didn't HAVE to do anything right away". We did. We had to do lots of things right away. Some went well, some didn't. Some are still ongoing. It all started with a moldy house on a trash filled little slice of heaven….

What to Do When Your Generator Stops Working: 6 Troubleshooting Tips

By Kayla Matthews

You go to fire up the generator but it doesn't run. Now what? Here are some troubleshooting tips to get your generator back up and running in no time.

Polyface Rotational Farming

Joel Salatin meets with us at the Texas MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR to discuss the land management practices on Polyface farm.

Composting Using Your Tractor and Implements

Composting manure and bedding is a method that can be utilized by both small land owners and even larger farming operations to not only manage manure but produce a beneficial end product.


Farm Life Inspiration: Learning to Surrender

By Dyan Redick, Bittersweet Heritage Farm

People ask me all the time for advice about running a farm, particularly single-handedly. Be it weather or animals or growing things, we are not in charge. We can make a plan, as long as we know, plans change. My advice is: Surrender to that.

We Made Some Mistakes Along the Way: A Beginning Homesteader’s Journey

By Jennifer Dickinson

After discovering MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine, my eyes were opened to the world of homesteading and self-reliance. I took a deep plunge, and learned so much but still have so much to learn. We made some mistakes along the way — and those homesteading mistakes are what I want to talk about.

5 Homestead Uses for the Coffee Can

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

If you're a coffee drinker on your homestead, and wondering what to do with your empty cans, here are five easy ways to re-purpose them!

What Does it Take to Live Off-Grid? Join Us to Find out!

By Carrie Williams Howe

Join the virtual Homesteaders' Book Club to read "Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness" and discuss the book with other homesteaders and the author!

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