MOTHER EARTH NEWS: October/November 2013
More Than a Magazine ... A Way of Life
9 Strategies for Self-Reliant Living
When you grow your own food, generate your own energy, and work from a home office or farm for your livelihood, the so-called “costs of living” largely disappear. Begin making the transition to a more self-sufficient life today — wherever you live and with the resources and skills you already have — with this insight from a Wisconsin family who has made self-reliance into a home-based business.
Quick Hoops: Easy-to-Make Mini-Greenhouses
Simple, lightweight and less expensive than cold frames, quick hoops keep the garden producing past cooperative weather, keeping you in fresh, homegrown food, even during the chilly chunks of the calendar.
Best Crops and Varieties for Winter Gardening
Growers in any region needn’t resign to experiencing fresh harvests solely in summer. Try cultivating these 13 stalwarts of the winter garden that have proved hardy in the face of tumbling temps.
9 Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of
Whether you want to sink new roots or simply draw inspiration for more sustainable living, take a tour of these communities that are working to achieve security through cooperative action, thoughtful compromise and shared vision.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Punta Gorda, Florida
Cob Building Basics: DIY House of Earth and Straw
Because you can provide much of the construction labor yourself, cob construction is quite affordable. Here’s how to hand-sculpt a custom, mortgage-free home from dirt-cheap, local materials.
The Best Energy-Efficient Window Treatments
Upping the efficiency of your windows doesn’t have to be a pane. Here, we help you compare the options so you can save money and stay comfortable in all seasons.
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Guide to Homebrewing: How to Make Wine, Beer, Cider, Soda and More
Plant a Cover Crop Now
Recycled Wood Pallet Projects
Scrumptious Pumpkin Recipes
Protecting Our Pollinators
News From MOTHER
Local Food: Transforming Our Food System
Reader letters about chickens in the garden, pressure canning, apartment gardening, labeling genetically modified foods, a local urban homesteaders’ network, capitalism, green tomato recipes, and more.
Solar Panel Costs Continue to Fall
GMOs: The Controversy Builds
More Tools for Wiser Living
Poultry Processing On the Go
Farm Labor Exposé Earns Top Honors
Sow It Forward
Go Nuts! Using Healthy Nuts in the Kitchen
How to Roast Nuts
How to Make Nut Butter
How to Make Nut Milk
Roast a Pastured Turkey Like a Pro
Crop at a Glance
All About Growing Summer Grains
Summer grain crops, including buckwheat, corn, pearl millet, hulless oats and sunflowers, can be grown in most regions and yield nutritious food for your kitchen and your critters.
Working Dogs: Pick a Perfect Pooch for Your Homestead
In a typical day, a farm dog herds sheep, protects livestock and catches opossums. Getting its ears scratched, too? That’s a special treat.
Beautiful and Abundant
A Vision for a Better World
Creating a sustainable future is possible, but first, we need to imagine a healthy planet and recognize our power to change.
Ask Our Experts
Putting Fall Leaves to Work in Your Garden
How to Revive Old Wood Flooring
Growing Pine Trees From Seed
Natural Ways to Fight Illness
How to Clean Garden Tools
Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Mirrors, Mirrors on the Wall
Let There Be (Solar) Light
How to Save Egg-stra Eggs
Pesto: Go Beyond Basil
Nontoxic Wood Stain
Kill Ants Naturally With Orange Peels
The Power of Triangles
Poultry Hawk Protection
The Many Uses for Canning Jars
Easy-to-Use Sawbuck for Cutting Firewood