A few years ago, I presented a week of homesteading activities for the public at a nature center in Michigan. The outfit I wore was a pioneer-style cotton dress that went halfway down my calves and was covered by a long apron.
I thought it would be uncomfortable to do the homestead chores in a dress, but it turned out to be wonderful. In the afternoon, when the temperature hovered around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, I dampened the skirt and it was like wearing a mini-swamp cooler.
The apron had two big, handy pockets, and I could also use the apron itself to collect things, such as tomatoes. The outfit was much more comfortable than wearing long pants!
Heidi Hunt is an Assistant Editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine. She has been on the editorial staff since 2001 when Ogden Publications acquired the magazine. Heidi especially enjoys interacting with readers and answering the myriad of questions they throw her way. You can also follow Heidi on