Local farmers lease Amherst College land to provide for the school’s dining hall.
Learn a few tips for efficiency from seasoned CSA Farmers: La Vista CSA Farm.
Taking personal responsibility for private-property protection in light of ongoing climate change and the hazards associated with same.
Over the years, we’ve had many experiences with injured and sick chickens. Sometimes the birds have pulled through, sometimes they have not.Such is truly the way of life.
How did Victoria Redhed Miller and husband David end up living on an off-grid homestead in the foothills of Washington State's Olympic mountains? Grid? What grid? Electricity was something one took for granted; it came from those outlets on the walls. I was hardly aware of it except during one of the infrequent power outages.
HOMEGROWN blogger and homesteading mama Michelle explains why road trips are worth packing 3 kids, 2 adults, and 2 dogs in a camper for weeks on end.
Who knew that a flock of chickens would be able to teach us so much about living with our children?
Allowing children the space to discover the beauty and wonder of plants through tending to their own garden builds character, teaches responsibility, gives insight into the beauty of nature and fosters their connection with where their food comes from.
A guide to creating realistic goals for your micro dairy based on your own experience.
It is a regular occurrence, a question we're asked:
Why do we do all this work?
The fields that were laid out in 1843 for livestock farming are teeming with hay-making grasses.
This year is the first season I had the whole garden dug and ready and boy, it's easy to plant a garden when the garden is already there.
A unique contest challenges people to hand-pump more water in one minute than a 64-year-old grandmother can.
Noting the “firsts” and “lasts” occurring on the homestead at early summer.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan learns that giving up control, whether over a mischievous flock or a single lamb, can have its own rewards.
Spring time is a time to experience the newness of life and living in the Sangre de Cristo mountains amid the wildflowers, birds, green woods and new birth.
Like many things in nature, the catalpa tree and worm have a special one-on-one relationship.
A western Massachusetts community rallies to save a generations old farm.
Roosters are great for protecting your flock. Unfortunately, they often tear up their hens during mating. Here is an easy and effective way to protect your hens.
Making strawberry preserves from just-picked berries is a very good thing.
Preserving rare breeds requires that the animals are successful in having babies. For our poultry, we sometimes find that the mother hen does a better job than the incubator.
We passed the "phosphataze" test with the Health Protection Agency and know that the milk from our dairy farm is safe to sell.
Miniature cows may be half the size of standard cattle, but as MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader Corinne Talkin writes, these diminutive breeds have big personalities.
What began as a hobby for her young son turned into a lucrative honey production business for beekeeper and MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader Alissa Brandemuhl-Zengel.
You can start a productive small farm business rather quickly if you use a business operations approach from the beginning. You may have what it takes if you own some property and are willing to work hard for successful results. Farming is also a practice in which traits like patience and persistence come in handy when everything goes wrong at the same time. These are all parts of the farming business and should be considered valuable lessons learned because they are only attained by experience.
For me, homesteading means to not have a great need for money in the first place. It also means that the money one does need is being made by utilizing the land, as in our case, running the Hostel.
One of the easiest ways to bask and rejoice in the gifts of nature is to make and use a solar wall heater.
Springtime happiness can be measured by the sweetness of your strawberry patch.
Spotlight on Earth Stewardship pays homage to eco-conscious individuals by sharing their stories of hope, inspiration, challenges and insight into making the earth a better place for generations to come.
Creating your own start-up is full of obstacles, but rewarding. MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader Jessica Vaughan shares advice from her experience as a first-time small business owner who teaches clients how to grow organic produce.
Learn about our experience attending a Mother Earth News Fair as an exhibitor.
The U.S. Farm Bill will be renewed in 2013 with a plan to cut major funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
What I learned in the process of seeking restoration of a beautiful stream while dealing with governmental agencies.
When overloaded with eggs, it seems like there’s no way to use them up fast enough. This is a delicious, unique and easy recipe to clean out your egg cartons!
Go beyond beginning vegetable gardening to include staple crops. Find links to Cindy Conner’s articles on staple crops and planning your diet from your garden. Conventionally grown food has less nutrients than ever before. Grow your own food to guarantee nutrient-dense food in your diet.
As the youngest member of a new local food producers and artisans cooperative, 11-year-old Grace is learning business skills while perfecting her artistic talents with homemade jewelry, pot holders and more.
Stormy weather, wildlife and observations about trees.
Tree rings tell the tale. It is nice and green here now but our plants and weeds are acclimated to semi arid and have deep roots.
The Verdict discusses two possible findings of your spray drift incident after the State Enforcement Agency inspects your property.
Focus on Food records an episode from Chaffin Orchards and discusses sustainable farming and the ethics of eating meat.
An upcoming inspirational documentary, “Beyond Off-Grid,” that strives to motivate people to return to the old paths, includes self-sufficiency experts from around the country. A MOTHER EARTH NEWS blog prompted the producer to contact us.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel of Dog Island Farm shares how to install drip irrigation in your home garden.