Nature & Environment
Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.
Keystone Species: How Predators Create Abundance and Stability
Wolves, bears, otters, starfish — these ecosystem engineers affect nature in overt yet surprisingly subtle ways.
This Land Is Your Land: Why National Parks Matter
Our national parks are public treasures that provide more than a window to our past or a means to preserve the natural bounty within them. They’re some of the most beautiful places on Earth, where you can rekindle your sense of awe and adventure.
Why We Need Wilderness
During a nearly 60-year career, Pulitzer-Prize winner Wallace Stegner, known as the Dean of Western Writers, wrote eloquently about the value of wild places.
Raptors, the Sky Masters
Eagles, hawks and falcons: From their awesome aeronautics to their precise predatory instincts, these birds are the pinnacle of flight.
Brain Birds: Amazing Crows and Ravens
No matter where you live, they’re your neighbors. You might want to watch them — carefully.
Barn Owl Magic
Beautiful and mysterious, barn owls also are prolific predators of rodents.
Fireflies: The Twinkle in Nature's Eye
Fireflies bring magic to warm summer evenings.
Hay Baling for the Small Homestead
Cooking with live fire goes way beyond the barbecue grill! Rediscover the pleasures of a variety of unconventional techniques, from roasting pork on a spit to baking bread in ashes, searing fish on a griddle, smoking turkey, roasting vegetables in a fireplace, making soup in a cast-iron pot, baking pizza in a wood-fired oven, cooking bacon on a stick, and much, much more. Cooking With Fire includes 100 recipes for everything from roasted rabbit to fish chowder and baguettes.
Nobody knows when the next disaster will hit, whether hurricane, earthquake or civil unrest. To survive these inevitable catastrophes, every family must be able to feed itself for days, weeks, maybe even months. The Prepper's Cookbook shows how to fully prepare an emergency food supply that does just that. This lifesaving book teaches how to maintain a family's diet using jarred, canned and dried goods, as well as common emergency staples. The book first details how to stock, organize and maintain a proper emergency food supply. There are also tips on home canning and other do-it-yourself techniques for making high-quality, shelf-stable foods. Next, The Prepper's Cookbook presents 101 recipes that turn these stored foods into delicious meals the entire family will enjoy eating. It teaches readers how preserves that last a lifetime can maintain their flavors and how even the most basic items can be turned into solid meals.
While keeping bees certainly isn't rocket science, doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and this demands a solid appreciation of important areas such as hives management, breed choice, and health requirements. There is plenty to think about for those getting their first bees, and careful planning is the key to a successful initial experience. One thing that complicates matters is the bees' ability to disguise problems. Although this might seem a useful ability, it actually makes recognizing trouble in the crucial, early stages that much more difficult, even for experienced owners. And although bees are remarkably resilient creatures, they remain vulnerable to predators, disease and climate changes. There is plenty of potential for things to go wrong and, unfortunately, it's always the bees that suffer when problems strike.
Whether you're a newcomer or an old hand, The Beekeeper's Problem Solver provides the information you need to nip problems in the bud and, better still, avoid them in the first place. Let longtime bee keeper and apiary expert James E. Tew guide you through 100 common problems faced by beekeepers, spelling out in clear and simple terms what the underlying cause is and how to solve it. Each one is tackled in depth, with photographs and diagrams, as well as a wide range of practical tips and useful insights. The problems are divided into ten chapters covering the main areas of beekeeping, from health to housing and parasites to predators. A subject-specific index is also included for easy reference.
This first installment of our new Wiser Living Video Series DVD features some of our most popular workshops, taught by leading experts on do-it-yourself, sustainable projects. From learning the basics of pickling vegetables to making your own all-natural household cleaners to extending your garden season with easy-to-build mini-greenhouses, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Video Series features a broad spectrum of information. Recorded by professionals, each 10- to 20-minute workshop is brought to life through vivid imagery, crisp audio and step-by-step instructions that will guide you on your path to self-sufficiency.
Gardening and Backyard Chickens
- Poultry 101 – Hank Will
- Gardening With Chickens – Cheryl Long
- Cover Crops – Cheryl Long
- Season Extension – Cheryl Long
- Raised Bed Gardening – Cheryl Long
- Herbs for General Wellness, Herbs for Health Pt. 1 – Jessica Kellner
- No-Knead Bread – Karen Will
- Pickled Beets – Jennifer Kongs
- Chicken Stock From Scratch – Robin Mather
- Bread Made Easy – Karen Will
- Herbs for Skin Wellness, Herbs for Health Pt. 2 – Jessica Kellner
- Rendering Lard – Robin Mather
- Making Bacon – Robin Mather
- Fermentation and Sauerkraut – Jennifer Kongs
- Herbs for Mental Health, Herbs for Health Pt. 3 – Jessica Kellner
- DIY Household Cleaners – Jessica Kellner
- Medicinal Oils and Salves – Gina DeBacker
- Making Tinctures – Allison Martin
- Herbs for Nausea, Herbs for Health Pt. 4 – Jessica Kellner
As a writer, farmer and the Publisher and Editorial Director of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Bryan Welch is well known for his optimism, sense of humor and his commitment to empowering people to live their own versions of the good life. His work demonstrates unequivocally that it’s possible to do well in business without destroying natural or human resources.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Senior Associate Editor Robin Mather grew up in a rural village in Michigan, where her classmates at school were the sons and daughters of farmers. She frequently stayed with friends whose families ran farms, and loved everything about their lives — from bucking bales of straw and hay to bottle-feeding calves.
Cheryl Long is the Editor-in-Chief of MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine and a leading advocate for more sustainable lifestyles. She lives on an 8-acre homestead near Topeka, Kan., that is powered in part by solar panels. There, she manages a large organic garden and a small flock of Welsummer chickens.
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of Grit magazine, has been farming and selling farm products for almost 30 years and believes that demand for heritage breeds is poised to explode. His family’s seed company and nursery business inspired his academic career in genetics, while childhood experiences instilled a fascination with animal husbandry.
Mother Earth Living Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner is enthusiastic about sharing the simple, commonsense ways we can connect with nature to better our health, homes and lives — including using herbal remedies to prevent or treat common ailments and cleaning our houses with affordable, natural ingredients.
Karen K. Will is editor of The Heirloom Gardener magazine and operates Prairie Turnip Farm in Osage County, Kan., with her husband, Hank Will. She is a freelance writer, photographer and blogger, and the author of Cooking With Heirlooms: Seasonal Recipes With Heritage-Variety Vegetables and Fruits.
Allison Martin is Managing Editor of Mother Earth Living, and previously spent five years on staff at The Herb Companion magazine, where she learned about plant medicine traditions. She lives in Lawrence, Kan., with her family, two bulldogs and cat.
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