Nature & Environment

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

Bees in Your Backyard

By Melanie M. Kirby, Zia Queen Bees

The Bees in Your Backyard provides an engaging introduction to the roughly 4,000 different bee species found in the United States and Canada, dispelling common myths about bees while offering essential tips for telling them apart in the field.

Interview with Susan Silber

By Paul Wood

The mission of the NorCal Community Resilience Network (NorCal Network) is to activate and support community-based and ecological solutions to climate change, economic instability, and social inequities.

5 Questions for Ellen Zachos

By Ellen Zachos

Learn more about MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR speaker Ellen Zachos.

Ecotourism Meets Agritourism in Nebraska: Dances with Prairie Chickens, Part 2

By Lisa Kivirist

Get upfront and personal with the Greater Prairie Chicken and check out their annual spring mating dance with ringside seats inside a cattle trailer, all part of a unique agritourism and ecotourism experience on a ranch outside McCook, Nebraska.


Learning Lessons from Lambing Season

By Oscar H. Will III

The Editorial Director of MOTHER EARTH NEWS discusses his learning experiences over several lambing seasons.

Tips to Prepare for a Thunderstorm (Climate Change Edition)

By Kayla Matthews

Preparing for a summer thunderstorm is an emergency preparedness plan that many of us learned in childhood. But, with storms likely to get stronger and more frequent, perhaps it’s time we revisited the ‘ole storm prep checklist.

Curating a Community Table for Earth Day

By Evan Marks, The Ecology Center

Celebrating community and seasonal eating this Earth Day.

Garden Thriftiness

By Blythe Pelham

There are many methods to gardening on a fixed income. Blythe describes some of the ways she channels the cost-saving, thrifty attitudes present in her arting and cooking into her gardening in this post.

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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.