Nature & Environment

Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.

Coyote and Fox and Mesopredator Release

By Geri Vistein

What changes a predator’s relationship with your farm? Relationships are two-sided, and human behavior has much to do with our relationships with predators. Here are two real-life stories about just that.


Botanical Wonders Abound in West Virginia’s ‘Cranberry Glades’

By Barry Glick, Sunshine Farm and Gardens

The Cranberry Glades are situated within the Monongahela National Forest, which comprises almost 1 million acres of land, making it the third largest national forest east of the Rocky Mountains. Within The Glades are many natural areas and attractions such as the “Cranberry Glades Botanical Area.” This 750-acre preserve is home to many unusual plants, and this is where you’ll find “the bogs.”


Dealing with Packrats

By Bruce McElmurray

Even though we live remotely in the mountains with bear, coyote, mountain lion, deer, elk, and bobcats, the lowly little packrat may be the most dangerous critter we face. Here's how we deal with packrats on our remote homestead.


Ecotourism in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Part 2

By John D. Ivanko, Inn Serendipity

As much inspired by the mountains, rivers and forests as serving the needs of the droves of visitors attracted to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year, Gatlinburg's arts and craft community, plus many of the hotels and restaurants, offer nourishment for the mind, body and soul.


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Ecotourism in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Part 1

By John D. Ivanko, Inn Serendipity

Cradled by the half-million-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, can be a perfect, if not also eco-luxurious, base camp, a cornucopia of discoveries for the arts and craft crowd, or a wacky diversionary stop on the way to or from an entrance to the most visited national parks in the United States.


How to Read Pet Food Labels

By Hannah Kincaid

Stumped by the confusing keywords that litter the ingredient lists of your companion’s kibble? Learn how to read pet food labels and which ingredients to avoid to keep your furry friend healthy.


It’s All About Building Community

By Oscar H. Will III

Editorial Director Hank Will encourages readers to share their stories and successes with the MOTHER EARTH NEWS community.


Finding Solace in the Garden

By Blythe Pelham

A day full of learning and fun created the perfect respite to my recent turmoil about lawn ordinances and greater world tragedies. There are so many friends and animal family that I have yet to discover—I will hold onto this day as a lovely treasure of proof that there are people who understand and walk similar paths.




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MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.

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