Are you looking for the best homesteading magazines for living off the grid? There are dozens of different magazine publications on homesteading, farming, living off the grid, and countryside living. Which ones are worth reading and subscribing to on a monthly basis?
UPDATED NOV 23 2020: Updated this list for the current month. Even in pandemic times, these are still the best options on self-sufficiency.
That’s what this list is for. I went through all the magazines I could find, most of them I have read before. Here are the top magazines for the self-sufficient lifestyle.
Best Homesteading Magazines
- Home Power (free archive downloads)
- Mother Earth News
- The New Pioneer
- Backwoods Home
- Hobby Farms
- Backyard Poultry
- The Pioneer Woman
- Small Farmers Journal
1) Home Power
Home Power magazine was published for 31 years. From October 1987 to November 2018, this magazine was publishing some of the most helpful content for homesteaders on how to thrive off the grid.
They are offering the public free downloads of the magazine issue archives, which is very generous. Just go to homepower.com and make an account. Then you’ll be able to download archives for free.
2) Mother Earth News
Mother Earth News publishes some of the most detailed content I’ve ever seen not just in homesteading and the self-sufficient lifestyle, but in any other topic as well.
They publish long-form, quality articles written by real people who live a self-sufficient lifestyle every day.
To read more, you can visit their home page.
3) The New Pioneer
The New Pioneer is a magazine for those who embrace the pioneer lifestyle.
If you like to take on DIY projects off the grid, they have you covered. If you want to read guides on how to save money and be more self-sufficient with your resources, this is the magazine for you.
Take the lessons from the original pioneers and apply those lessons to modern society — you’ll become much more self-reliant than the next.
4) Backwoods Home Magazine
Want to learn more about living off the grid? It’s tough to do at first, but as you learn how to better spend resources, the easier and more enjoyable it will be.
Not only how to better spend resources, but how to get more with less and how to produce your own resources like solar power and fresh vegetables.
People have been reading this magazine for many years. They try other magazines as well, but this is one of the special ones that they stick with over the long haul.
5) Hobby Farms
This is for the person that’s transitioning into the farmer world. If you want tips and tricks on how to build a sustainable farm the right way, you may want to check out Hobby Farms.
They also publish annual editions of specialty subjects like “Livestock Issue” which is all about raising livestock
For more information, check out their home page.
Are you trying to expand your gardening skills and know-how? Grit may be the magazine for you.
So if you want more of the nitty-gritty type content that goes in-depth on gardening tutorials, this magazine would interest you.
Grit has been around longer than most other publishers, they know what they’re talking about. That’s why there are so many 5-star reviews on them.
This magazine is made to help American farmers. Farmers are modern-day heroes.
Acres is focused primarily on livestock information. You won’t find another magazine with the level of knowledge and advice on raising animals than Acres.
For more information, see the Acres website.
8) The Pioneer Women
If old fashioned recipes from the countryside is what fancies your interest, look no further than The Pioneer Woman.
Published by the media empire — Hearst magazines, this magazine will turn you into a professional countryside chef in no time.
The Pioneer Woman also has several best selling books on pioneer recipes that are perfect for those who want to learn some traditional recipes.
9) Small Farmers Journal
This publisher emphasizes helpful information on raising horses on the farm. It’s also a gold mine of useful tips on how to use older equipment so you can get more out of each piece of machinery; while also increasing longevity.
For more information, see the Small Farmers Journal home page.
10) Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Last but not least, we have Countryside magazine. Countryside is known for having some of the best content that you can find in a magazine publisher.
If you can get your hands on an issue, it’s one that you won’t just read once and toss in the wastebasket, you’ll file it away and reference back to it again and again.
For more information on the Countryside, you can go to their home page.
Now you know which magazines to check out on how to live off the grid. Any of these publishers would be more than worth the price you pay for a subscription. It feels like you’ve struck gold every time you read a monthly edition. The information is invaluable and you’re nearly guaranteed to learn multiple lessons from each edition.
I hope you like this article on the best homesteading magazines. Everyone on this list is worth subscribing to. Not all ten at the same time, that’s a lot of reading, but anyone of them is worth the small fee for the content.