Nature & Environment

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

Busy Beavers: Nature's Ecosystem Engineers

By Terry Krautwurst

The scale of the projects undertaken by these "ecosystem engineers" might be smaller than those of humans, but when busy beavers get to work they create wetlands habitat that in turn supports a wide diversity of wildlife. Originally published as "The Good Work of Busy Beavers" in the June/July 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Magazine Archive: Wise, Wacky, and Whiz-Bang Ideas from MOTHER EARTH NEWS


To celebrate 40 years of publication and devotion to a vision of wise living, we've pulled a few nuggets from the vast trove of articles in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine archive. Originally published as "Wise, Wacky & Whiz-bang! Great Ideas from MOTHER EARTH NEWS" in the February/March 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Magazine's 40 Year Anniversary

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

As MOTHER EARTH NEWS celebrates its 40th anniversary, more and more people are engaged with environmental issues and choosing to live wisely. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to advise and inspire so many good people. We also feel fortunate that, in these challenging times for magazine publishing, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is thriving.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Decorates Presidential Guest House for the Holidays

By Tabitha Alterman

MOTHER EARTH NEWS was invited by the Department of State to spruce up historic rooms in the Blair House, the President's guest house, and the State Department with eco-friendly décor for the holiday season.


Country Lore: Greeting Card Organizer

By Donna Beaver

A Kansas reader puts in time as a greeting card organizer early in the year to make sending cards the rest of the year easier. Originally published as "Greeting Card Organizer: Never Forget to Send the Very Best" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Patagonia Clothing: Making a Profit and Meeting Environmental Challenges

By Jena Ball

The popularity of Patagonia clothing demonstrates that quality green products and a business model focused on environmental sustainability are compatible with business success. Originally published as "Patagonia: Making a Profit and Meeting Environmental Challenges" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Buy and Sell Handmade Gifts on Etsy

By Ramsey Cox

For unique arts and crafts, go to, a hub for handmade gifts and vintage products. Originally published as "Buy and Sell Handmade Gifts" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

5 Gifts to Add to Your List

From the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Looking for gift-giving ideas this holiday season? Look no further: We’ve found five unique gifts to add to your holiday shopping list.

Crowd at Seven Springs MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR


Sept. 15-17, 2017
Seven Springs, PA.

With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.