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 Letters@MotherEarthNews.com.
Send letters to: Homesteader of the Year Nominee; MOTHER
EARTH NEWS; 1503 SW 42nd St.;
If you have any questions, please email them to Letters@MotherEarthNews.com.
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.
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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 Google+.