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Seeking Nominations for 2013 Homesteaders of the Year

By Jennifer Kongs 

Tags: homesteaders of the year, homesteading nominations, contest, jennifer kongs, modern homesteading,

A tidy garden basket and gardening gloves set in a vegetable garden and ready to harvest vegetables.Sometimes all you need to take the big leap and go for your dreams is a role model, an example to follow, or a story of another’s trials and tribulations to bolster you and get you on your way. With that in mind, MOTHER EARTH NEWS asked for nominations last year for Homesteaders of the Year. We selected several families as our 2012 Homesteaders of the Year and posted many more stories from the nominations we received as our

Star ModernHomesteaders of 2012. These are the types of inspiring folks, real people with their heads in the right place and their hands in the soil, working to be more self-sufficient and to improve the communities where they live.

We are once again seeking out families and individuals who display a dedication to building self-reliant communities in both rural and urban settings. Modern homesteaders who harvest eggs from their backyard flock and greens from their organic garden, who reduce their energy use and install solar panels — these are the inspiring stories we’d love to share with others.

 How to Nominate Homesteaders of the Year

We plan to choose several outstanding folks to honor as Homesteaders of the Year in a 2013 feature story in MOTHER EARTH NEWS! To nominate your family, a neighbor, someone else you know or even yourself, send us a 500-word summary of the homesteader’s activities with at least three photos. Applications are due by March 15, 2013 — so don’t delay!

Send emails with the subject line “Homesteader of the Year Nominee” to

Send letters to: Homesteader of the Year Nominee; MOTHER EARTH NEWS; 1503 SW 42nd St.; Topeka, KS 66609.

If you have any questions, please email them to   

Homesteading Education Month 

This event is part of our second annual International Homesteading Education Month, scheduled for September 2013. Learn more about how you can get involved in this exciting celebration of modern homesteaders at our International Homesteading Education Month page.  

 Photo by Fotolia/beatrice prève 


Jennifer Kongs is the Managing Editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine. When she’s not working at the magazine, she’s likely working in her garden, on the local running trails or in her kitchen instead. You can find Jennifer on Twitter or .