Homesteading Magazines

I know there are more homesteading websites, blogs, and YouTube channels than we can possibly keep up with these days. But does anyone else still love the feel of a real print magazine in their hands?

I suppose Mother Earth News is the first one most folks think of; it's been around since 1970! But my favorites are Self-Reliance and especially its parent magazine, Backwoods Home. I still read MEN and usually get a good idea or two from each issue, but these days the magazine is so oriented to beginners that the articles often seem predictable and superficial, and there's about as much advertising as articles. Backwoods Home and Self-Reliance are what homesteaders' magazines ought to be: in-depth articles on the whole range of useful topics for the practical homesteader who's been at it a while. Lots of practical information, inspiration, great ideas and instructions for useful projects, emphasis on self-reliance and self-sufficiency, limited advertising.

Anyone else have a favorite homesteading magazine?


  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Mother Earth News and Organic Gardening.

    I just lover ther feel andf wieght of a book. Digital is not as nice but... Its part of life nowadays

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,502 admin

    Harrowsmith is probably the best known Canadian homesteading/self-sufficiency magazine.

    I noticed a special issue of National Geographic in the grocery store today. It's called Simple Sustainability - A Modern Take on Self-Reliant Living. A sign of our times?

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Another magazine out is New Pioneer.

    The other homesteading type magazines in the Mother Earth News family is Grit and Capper's Farmer.

  • blevinandwomba
    blevinandwomba Posts: 813 ✭✭✭✭

    My Dad subscribed to this magazine for a few years. It's probably been ten years since he cancelled, but I always enjoyed looking at it.

  • SuperC
    SuperC Posts: 916 ✭✭✭✭

    These are great gardening magazines thanks for sharing y’all :)

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I read a lot of magazines from my Ready

    And Magzter (this contains more "adult" magazine content...warning if you have children)


    Both have a large number of garden/plant based food magazines.

    Found an interesting one from Australia ---- Home Grown --- on Magzter.

    Just putting this out there, if you want to check them out. Both have a free trial.