MOTHER EARTH NEWS June/July 2017Features

Do-It-Yourself, Off-Grid Solar
Explore the components and considerations for creating your own off-grid photovoltaic system.

9 Permaculture Practices
Apply permaculture to your land to nurture its natural features.

Make Paper from Grasses and Leaves
Connect with an age-old process and the life cycle of plants to make fragrant, textured paper.

Season of Smoke
Bring flavor to cookouts this season with these hot-smoking and hay-smoking methods.

Grafting Fruit Trees
Fuse stems with rootstocks to form fast-growing, fruit-bearing plants

Cooking in an Outdoor Oven
Fire up your hand-built clay oven to bake casseroles, vegetables, meats, and more.

Natural Insect Repellents
Don’t get bugged out — follow these simple recipes to keep pests at bay.

Pickle Recipes for the Picking
Ferment or quick-pickle your harvest with these ideas from MOTHER EARTH NEWS bloggers.

Creating Custom Furniture from Salvaged Wood
Baldwin Custom Woodworking transforms diseased trees into handmade heirloom woodworks.


News from MOTHER
Seeing silver linings.

Dear MOTHER: June/July 2017
Reader letters about solar panels, carpenter bees, lambing, and more.

Green Gazette
Updates on the Certified Organic label for hydroponics, heirloom grains, soil health, and more.

Firsthand Reports: A Passion for Heritage Pigs
A pig farmer perseveres to provide pastured pork to restaurants.

MOTHER’s product picks, including a solar grill, a solar electric fence, a water bath canner, and more.

Ask Our Experts
Trusted advice on building your own solar system, treating pets’ snakebites, and more.

Homestead Hacks
Reader R.D. Copeland shares a project for an inexpensive “Chillbilly” air cooler.

The Pitchfork Pulpit: Profitable Permaculture Principles
Applying permaculture design has helped Polyface Farms’ efficiency and functionality.

Country Lore: Readers' Tips to Live By
Readers’ tips about controlling slugs, transporting goats, teaching kids through nature, and more.

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