Community-Building and Self-Reliance: Our 2013 Homesteaders of the Year

The 2013 MOTHER EARTH NEWS Homesteaders of the Year believe in learning by doing, and open their homes and farms to teach modern homesteading skills and promote community-building.

Solar Dehydrator Filled With Pears
In Reno, Nev., the Chandler-Isacksen family takes full advantage of the ample sun and heat to dry fruits, such as the pears pictured here, in a homemade solar dehydrator appropriately named “El Gigante.”
Photo Courtesy Chandler-Isacksen Family