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This can be the year you master new homesteading skills! Just follow this series of DIY articles from our new book, 52 Homestead Skills: A Self-Taught Homesteader’s One-Year Journey to Learning a Skill a Week.

Every month, we’ll release a different chapter from this engaging book by aspiring homesteader Kimberlee Bastien. The chapters will appear in a variety of exciting platforms, including issues of Mother Earth News and sister titles Grit, Capper’s Farmer, Heirloom Gardener, and Mother Earth Living.

Links to the latest releases will be posted here every month, so keep checking back to join Kimberlee and her family on their journey.

Buy the Book

52 Homestead Skills

52 Homestead Skills by Kimberlee Bastien

We’re giving you 12 great chapters for free, but there’s much more content available in Kimberlee’s book.

You can buy 52 Homestead Skills in our online store. Click on the link to see a preview of selected pages.

See Kimberlee in Person

Author Kimberlee Bastien will be appearing at every Mother Earth News Fair in 2019:
Belton, Texas – Feb. 16-17
Asheville, North Carolina – April 27-28
Frederick, Maryland – June 1-2
Albany, Oregon – Aug. 3-4
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania – Sept. 13-15
Topeka, Kansas – Oct. 19-20

Check out Kimberlee’s Mother Earth News Fair page to make plans to visit an event near you. Besides meeting Kimberlee, you’ll get access to experts’ money-saving hacks, health-boosting remedies, and hands-on workshops.

Let’s Get Started!

Here’s the list of content from 52 Homestead Skills that we’ll be sharing with you throughout the year. When a chapter has been released, its title will be clickable.

We hope you enjoy this year-long series, and embark on your own homesteading journey.





Start Your Seeds Indoors in the Mother Earth News February/March 2019 issue
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Build a Chicken Chunnel in the GRIT March/April 2019 issue
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Knit a Dishcloth in the Capper’s Farmer Spring 2019 issue
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Beginner Bar Soap in the Mother Earth News Simple Living & Country Skills newsletter
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Forage for Wild Edibles in the Heirloom Gardener Spring 2019 issue
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Beekeeping Basics + DIY Hive
To be announced





How to Save Seeds





Make Honey Hand Salve in the Mother Earth Living Weekly newsletter
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Tractor Basics appearing on Mother Earth News & Friends YouTube channel
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Homemade Cough Drop Recipe in the Mother Earth Living September/October 2019 issue
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Gluten-Free Sourdough Bread Recipe appearing in a newsletter to be announced





30-Minute Mozzarella Cheese in the Grit Weekly newsletter
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