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Wiser Living Videos From MOTHER EARTH NEWS

We at MOTHER EARTH NEWS are proud to share our list of instructional and informational videos featuring members of our staff. Each video is a glimpse into a project we love or an issue we care about. Check out the videos below, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment. Our video collection is expanding, so check back often for new releases!


How to Tie a Bandana

How to Tie a Bandana video

Bandanas can be used in varied ways — from sweat bands to gift wrapping. In this video presentation, learn how to tie a bandana for several simple uses.

How to Refinish Wood Floors 

Sunlight, dents and foot traffic can all cause your wood floor to appear worn and faded. But with a few supplies, you can revive worn wood flooring without heavy-duty sanding.

Green Homes

All-Natural Household Cleaners

all natural household cleaners

Create and stock up on all-natural household cleaners like vinegar, baking soda and castile soap to avoid volatile organic compounds in your home.

Homesteading & Livestock

Backyard Chickens 101

Backyard Chickens 101

Learn the basics necessary to successfully raise happy and healthy backyard chickens.

Cute Baby Animals From Heritage Breeds

Cute baby animals from heritage breeds video

Raising heritage breeds of livestock is a great way to preserve history while enjoying superior animals. Learn about some of our favorite breeds the fun way: with a slideshow of cute baby animals!

Benefits of Backyard Chickens

Benefits of Backyard Chickens video

Backyard chickens have been providing homesteaders with natural pest control and nutritious eggs and meat for ages. In this video, learn more about the benefits of backyard birds.

How and Why of Free Range Chickens

How and Why of Free-Range Chickens video

Free-range chickens provide tastier meat and more flavorful eggs than their store-bought counterparts, but what does "free-range" really mean?

Protecting Chickens From Predators

Learn how to protect your chickens from predators

Raising chickens is a valuable practice for any homesteader, but protecting chickens from predators can be a tough job. In this video, GRIT editor-in-chief Hank Will provides some tips for keeping your flock safe and happy.

Chicken Brooder Basics

Chicken brooder basics video

So you've acquired or hatched a group of day-old chicks; now what? Introducing them to a chicken brooder that will keep them comfortable and safe should be first on the list.

Incubating Chicken Eggs

Chicken egg incubating video

Incubating chicken eggs is a great way to increase your flock size, or to provide replacements for birds that have been culled from your flock.

Step-by-Step Chicken Processing

Learn the essential stages of chicken processing in this video, from equipment and humane killing methods to plucking and eviscerating.

Choosing a Zero-Turn Mower

Zero-turn mowers video

Zero-turn mowers are a great investment for homesteaders with large lawns. In this video, learn how to choose the best one for your needs.

How to Tie a Square Knot

How to Tie a Square Knot video

Knot-tying isn't just for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts — it's a handy skill for homesteaders, too. In this video, learn how to tie a basic square knot that is both attractive and strong.

Breed Profile: Lincoln Longwool Sheep

Lincoln Longwool Sheep

Interested in shepherding? Lincoln longwool sheep are both good meat sheep and producers of high-quality wool, and are a heritage breed dating to the height of the Roman Empire in Britain.

Breed Profile: Navajo Churro Sheep

Navajo Churro Sheep

The Navajo Churro sheep descends from sheep originally brought to America by the Spanish. Once on the brink of extinction, the population is now rebounding with the aid of concerned breeders.

Breed Profile: San Clemente Island Goats

San Clemente Island goat

San Clemente Island goats are often raised as dairy goats. They were introduced to San Clemente Island in 1875; culled in the 1970s, only a few hundred remain in the breeding population.

Organic Gardening

DIY Seed Starting Kits

Make your own seed starting kits

Learn how to make biodegradable seed starting kits out of newspaper in this how-to video by MOTHER EARTH NEWS editor Hannah Kincaid.

How to Check for Seed Viability

Seed viability test video

Use our seed viability test to make sure you get the most from your saved seeds every year.

Natural Health

Homemade Organic Skin Toner

Make your own skin toner video

Using just a few basic ingredients, you can make your own DIY cosmetics, such as this simple-yet-luxurious organic skin toner.

3 Herbs for Wellness

herbs for wellness

Use these herbs for wellness to keep your major body functions running smoothly and efficiently.

2 Herbs for Skin

herbs for skin

Soothe and heal scrapes, burns and rashes with these herbs for skin.

4 Herbs for Mental Focus

 4 herbs for mental focus

Try these herbs for mental focus to boost brain health safely and effectively.  

3 Herbs for Nausea

3 herbs for nausea

These herbs for nausea can be used to soothe upset stomachs, calm nerves and prevent illness.  

How to Make an Herbal Salve

how to make an herbal salve

Learning how to make an herbal salve will prove useful with any skin problems like chapped hands, mild burns, acne, rashes and more.

How to Make an Herbal Tincture

how to make an herbal tincture

Learn how to make a peppermint herbal tincture that will help with treating stomach aches, motion sickness and morning sickness.


Real Food

Homemade Bread Made Easy

Homemade Bread Made Easy

Homemade bread is easy to make and requires minimal time spent kneading. Using simple ingredients, such as honey, whole-wheat flour and salt, anyone can have fresh, homemade bread in a matter of hours.

Pressure Cooking Basics

Pressure cooking demonstration video

Pressure cooking is simple, efficient and nutritious — yet too many cooks are intimidated by the technique. This video demystifies how to use a pressure cooker — not to be confused with a pressure canner — and encourages everyone to give it a try.

Use an Oil Press

Use an oil press video

By using an oil press, you can produce homemade oils with tons of flavor. In this video, learn how to use a Piteba oil press for superior cooking oil from your favorite nuts and seeds.

Cozy Pumpkin Rolls Recipe

Pumpkin Rolls Video

In this video, learn how to make this Cozy Pumpkin Rolls recipe. It's easy and will be a favorite at your holiday table.

Make Simple No-Knead Bread

Making No-Knead Bread in the oven

This no-knead bread recipe will give you artisan-style bread straight from the oven.

Pickled Beets Recipe

canning pickled beets

Learn how to pickle and can beets in this video — the process is easy and you'll agree it's worth the effort for tasty beets in the dead of winter.

Making Chicken Stock From Scratch

Filtering chicken stock through cheese cloth

Learn the finer points of making your own homemade chicken stock and how to cook with this economical flavor-enhancer.

How to Render Lard

straining process for rendering lard

Learn how to render lard, which is actually lower in saturated fat than butter and margarine.

How to Make Sauerkraut

hand fermenting cabbage

Learn how to make sauerkraut for an easy, nutritious way to preserve cabbage. You can use the same process to ferment numerous other vegetables, too.

How to Churn Butter

Making cultured butter in a hand crank butter churn is simple. All it requires is some heavy cultured cream and a little bit of patience.


The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS are fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events that feature dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops from the leading authorities on renewable energy, small-scale agriculture and more!

FAIR Highlights with 'Sunflower Journeys'


PBS affiliate program Sunflower Journeys highlights the first MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in the Midwest, held in Lawrence, Kansas.

Ecology Ethics with Joel Salatin


Joel Salatain and Bryan Welch relish in the joy and love the earth gives back when it is given love and "ecological caress."

Raising Chickens with Pat Foreman


Bryan Welch visits with Poultry Pioneer, Pat Foreman, and special guest, Oprah Hen-free, on why chickens are "superstars."

Sustainable Living with Ed Begley, Jr.


Ed Begley, Jr. and Bryan Welch discuss their shared enthusiasm for sustainable living and the details of Ed's "green" home with passive solar design.

MaKing Farming "Cool" with Joe King


Bryan Welch talks with Joe King, star of reality TV show, "Farm Kings," on his goal for the show and his thriving family farm.

Hunting For A Connection with Miles Olson


Miles Olson shares with Bryan Welch his unique perspective on life, death and compassion in hunting.

Investing in 'Slow Money' with Woody Tasch


Woody Tasch and Bryan Welch discuss why 'Slow Money' is more rational than modern investing while it also contributes to local agriculture.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Wiser Living Video Series

Wiser Living DVD Series

Purchase the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Wiser Living Video Series for videos featuring 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, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Video Series includes a broad spectrum of information to help guide you on your path to self-sufficiency.

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