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6/6/2013
Paul Fehribach sees history in food, cooking methods and recipes and he’s planning a Chicago restaurant that will source 100 percent locally and champion the historic foods and recipes of the Great Lakes region.
6/23/2011
Foodborne pathogens such as E. coli can be spread by uncomposted manure from grain-fed cattle on high-concentraton factory farms. The E. coli outbreak in northern Germany reminds us to look twice at the quality of our manure.
2/28/2013
Make your own “ginger bug” and natural soda from nothing more than ginger root, sugar, water, and fruit juice. The ginger bug, soda starter culture of healthy bacteria, consumes the natural sugars present in fruit juice and causes carbonation to make a fun experiment and soda pop you don’t need to be afraid to give your children.
3/22/2013
Have you ever wondered why our food has become so industrialized? Where some of those chemicals that are in almost everything, came from?
11/19/2009
Our thoughts on the gluten free, dairy free, soy free desserts from RawCreations.
5/16/2011
Readers vote on whether they think making beer, mustard or pickles sounds like the most fun, plus which seems easiest.
2/13/2013
Making delicious homemade marmalade from Seville oranges.
4/1/2014
Nuts.com, a family-owned business, offers certified organic snacks and superfoods.
5/24/2011
Readers suggest favorite hard, salty, American cheeses.
1/12/2010
Convert your old jeans into brand new items without spending a cent.
12/30/2009
Build this classy Shaker-style laptop - desk - for letter writing or to support your laptop computer.
12/17/2009
You can shingle your roof with hand-split shakes, crafted using a froe and mallet, and dry, straight-grained wood.
2/28/2014
Western culture has taught us to eat all the wrong things for all the wrong reasons.
4/11/2014
Violet leaves are one of the best wild edible salad greens. Their pretty, edible flowers are only in season for a few weeks.
1/13/2014
During the coldest months of winter, field garlic is still ready to be harvested. Even when the ground is too frozen for digging up the savory bulbs, the leaves can be used like chives.
5/19/2011
You'll love our recommended real food find: pomegranate golden balsamic vinegar from California.
2/7/2011
Food labels are confusing, but you can be sure that processed foods with many ingredients are not as healthful as whole foods. Here is a explanation of processed-food ingredients and some suggestions for healthful breakfast foods.
6/12/2013
What exactly is water kefir soda? Well, I describe it as pop that makes you forgo buying cans from the store, all while making your tummy happy. The experts call it a “probiotic beverage made with kefir grains that consist of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship.”
8/13/2013
These sweet, wholesome scones come together in a flash and make use of August’s abundance of wild blackberries.
1/9/2014
Eating black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s reminds me of my grandmother's kitchen. Every year since I have had my own garden I include as many of these easy to grow southern staples as space allows into my garden plans and you can, too.
4/26/2011
Most Americans believe that cleaning products are required to list ingredients on labels. They're not. But Whole Foods is taking matters into its own hands with a color-coded rating system that holds manufacturers accountable for green claims.
8/14/2009
Chicago and New York City vie to be the first to pass a green food resolution.
3/11/2014
Garlic mustard has spicy, delicious leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots. It is an invasive species that may be harvested without sustainability concerns. In fact, you'll be doing your environment a favor if you eat this plant!
1/22/2011
We may find it overwhelming to know where to begin in teaching others to eat healthily. People attempting to eat healthier find it difficult to know where to begin. "The Dirty Dozen" fruits and vegetables gives us all a place to start.
11/11/2011
Kashi, the natural food and lifestyle leader, will support organizations that provide education and greater access to healthy foods in cities across the U.S.
4/19/2011
Organic Coconut Sugar is made from sap collected from the freshly cut flower buds of organic coconut palm trees grown on small, sustainable farms.
11/6/2009
Need more storage space? Who doesn’t? You can make better use of the space you have available with some wooden shelves. Building free-standing shelves is easy and can be inexpensive. This is a great woodworking project for beginners.
6/8/2010
You’ll need to choose a nonreactive pan, such as stainless steel, when cooking acidic foods, such as tomato sauce.
5/1/2013
Resist popping tabs this season and get familiar with the ultimate cola cure: soda syrups made from fresh fruits and herbs.
7/11/2014
Peppergrass, a native North American plant in the mustard family, adds a spicy kick to recipes. Here's how to identify, sustainably harvest and use peppergrass.
7/22/2010
ECOvention, LLC announced today that as of August 2010, more than 30 Whole Foods Market locations in the Rocky Mountain region will use the multi-functional, eco-friendly GreenBox to serve take-away customers at their brick-oven pizza counters.
7/31/2009
Whole Foods Market commits to verifying it products as free of genetically modified organisms. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains the grocer's commitment to providing natural and organic products.
11/17/2010
A traditional fall recipe for the Japanese version of sauerkraut.
6/10/2011
  I envision this chandelier—made entirely of items recovered from the recycling bin—hanging over a dining table on the patio. Making it is a pretty big project, though, and I would have to call in a friend with a jigsaw to help. (I don’t have the tools—or skills—that former Natural Home & Garden art director Susan Wasinger, who dreamed up this project, does.) Aside from the saw, the materials for this one are simple: used baby-food jars, a few yards of twisted wire, a couple repurposed barrel hoops and a length of rusty chain. And happily, I can make the “lite” version–pretty votive holders—which lets me stop before power tools are needed.  
6/10/2011
  I had such a great time talking with attendees at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington, this past weekend about how to make green cleaners. As always, I learned a new trick or two, and I promised everyone I’d recap our conversation here for easy access. Today let’s talk about some of the unexpected food items—most of which you already have in your kitchen cupboards—that can be used to clean your home. Use tea to remove old furniture polish and prepare wooden furniture for polishing. Simply soak a rag in room-temperature tea, then run it over the wood. The tea’s tannic acid makes your wood shine while removing all the dirt. Once that’s done, you can use mayonnaise to make the piece shine. Just rub the mayo into the wood, then follow with a damp rag and a few drops of vinegar to remove any residue. Olive oil is also a great natural furniture    
5/22/2009
Follow the sawhorse plans from our 1985 article (with a few variations), and you can build sturdy, inexpensive sawhorses.
1/8/2010
Build a reflecting telescope to enjoy the nighttime celstial show.
12/11/2009
Create memorable gifts for a youngster with a handcrafted toy or game.
4/26/2010
Instructables is a great website for finding DIY projects, and recently site administrators have reorganized the site to make it easier to find the project you're looking for.
2/2/2012
Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months
6/14/2011
Despite their widespread use, nanoparticles are not well classified, regulated or even understood. Fortunately, the FDA is signaling a turn toward more accurate classification and rules for their use.
9/27/2012
Fermentation expert Sandor Katz (aka SandorKraut) gives a cultural and historical introduction to fermentation practices, including the nutritional benefits of homemade sauerkraut and other fermented foods.
10/6/2011
Fifteen family farms and over 50 restaurants have committed to participation in No Goat Left Behind, a new program developed by Heritage Foods USA.
8/10/2010
Blueberries are a true fountain of youth. This article will introduce you to the health benefits, how to grow, how to harvest, and how to eat this wonderful fruit.
3/26/2009
Help us discover ways to achieve an affordable sustainable diet.
7/20/2011
This little chipmunk ponders about how much food to store for the coming fall and winter seasons.
7/13/2007
Relish is a blog about celebrating delicious alternatives to America's industrial food system.
4/28/2014
These DIY furniture pieces can be cut and fabricated from any flat, sturdy material.
5/13/2014
FrogTape’s latest painting tape provides endless design possibilities and masking protection.
3/4/2010
Macrameing has been a popular craft medium for decades. Share your most outlandish macrame project.
7/6/2010
Have you ever let your imagination run wild and built a fanciful, unique … (spinning wheel, bat house, garden tool)
7/6/2010
If you want to learn how to paint your house without the help of professionals, this article from the archives is for you. Exterior home painting can be a snap with the right tools and information.
11/5/2009
You can build this simple, light-weight roof rack to transport your bicucles.
5/1/2008
Here's what you need to know about laminate flooring, from suggestions on how to choose it to tips for installing your own.
10/16/2009
If you are planning to build a backyard deck, consider whether the best strategy for footings is using deck blocks or cement piers.
12/24/2009
Natural Home and the Obamas are in sync on fun, waste-reducing holiday projects. Find out more about decoupage ornaments.
1/21/2010
Wood pallets can be used as is or stripped and remade into new forms. What creative uses have you found for wood pallets?
10/21/2009
You can fabricate this metal log lifter to make firewood cutting easier and safer.
8/24/2009
Engaging in new projects around the house or yard can put us in unfamiliar territory where we might make mistakes that are potentially dangerous or just embarrassing.
11/1/2010
Jim Oseychuk built this intricate garden shed for his wife and won his category of the Wood-Mizer Personal Best contest.
12/22/2009
Holiday gifts frequently come with "some assembly required" and can cause frustration for late-night Santas. What is your most memorable some-assembly-required experience?
8/5/2010
Keeping your tools in good working order saves time and money.
12/3/2009
Make your own hand-crafted broad axe with these easy to follow directions.
8/27/2010
Learn how to make giant bubbles like a professional bubble artist at home with this DIY video. Complete with a recipe to make a giant bubble wand and your own homemade soap solution, you’ll be ready to impress everyone on your street with human-sized bubbles.  
6/29/2009
Purchasing the materials for a DIY project can involve making a number of decisions. When you’re deciding on the materials for an outdoor wooden project, are you more apt to be swayed by cost or durability?
2/4/2010
You don't have to be a master carpenter to take on a DIY project. What building project have you done all on your own that you are the most proud of the results?
9/22/2009
Here is a plan for a metal candle lantern made from a coffee can, metal clothes hanger and a stick of wood.
10/30/2009
Put a barrel or two on wheels and you can feed your flocks and herds with ease, including diagrams, photographs and instructions.
10/1/2009
Learn how to make a bootjack from a branch and scrap of wood.
10/8/2009
To make the pulp for homemade paper, look no further than your waste and recycling bins.
10/14/2009
Build a highchair that will follow your child through years of growth and development.
9/27/2010
Using wood you’ve harvested to start creative wood projects is not impossible. Many sawyers have created beautiful wood structures made from lumber they’ve cut themselves.    
8/19/2010
Can the clutter that threatens to chase you from your workshop be remade into usable items?
10/13/2010
Donn Saindon built this beautiful 1,200 square foot home from reclaimed wood and won his category of the Wood-Mizer Personal Best contest.
10/25/2010
Joe Bonn built this impressive home in Colorado and won his category of the Wood-Mizer Personal Best contest.
10/18/2010
Robert Craig built this 960 square foot barn in Oregon and won his category of the Wood-Mizer Personal Best contest.
3/22/2013
Delicious Roasted Grain is Kosher, Naturally Vegan, Made in the USA and Now Certified Organic   
2/19/2009
You can find free food, such as wild carrots, cattail roots and crawfish, right in your neighborhood fields, swamps and creeks, and under rotten logs.
4/24/2013
A few months back I heard a comment on an NPR radio program that really caught my attention. The program was about the local food movement and at one point the guest on the show said, “Now remember - just because it’s local doesn’t necessarily mean it has a smaller carbon footprint. That Argentinian apple that was shipped on a barge with thousands of tons of other apples may actually have required less fuel per apple than the apple than came from a few hundred miles away in the back on a farmer’s pickup.”
12/28/2009
Check out these tips and share your ideas for welcoming 2010 with a green New Year’s Eve party.
8/15/2012
Describes the process of forming a community garden from the physical and energetic standpoints. The power of teamwork, the joy of accomplishment and the building of a feeling of group unity are described.
3/30/2009
As more Americans tighten their belts to save a penny or two, many are finding they can save money by growing food-producing gardens.
11/3/2011
After spending several years drying food in an electric food dehydrator, I built a SunWorks solar food dehydrator to try and create truly sun-dried tomatoes.  
9/15/2009
The USDA kicks off its Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative.
9/23/2009
The creators of Food Inc. make a great effort to teach their audience about where our food comes from and about the effects of our industrial food system. After seeing the documentary, MOTHER EARTH NEWS blogger Jenna Woginrich was inspired to write her own argument about the way we view and consume food - and ask: Will those who most need the education ever see the film?
9/15/2010
Cities, counties and states across the country have created food policy councils in response to their concerns about future food security in their communities. The councils work to coordinate local food efforts, such as farmers markets, to develop a sustainable food system.
1/27/2009
After testing 55 common food products containing HFCS, researchers found mercury in nearly one-third.
3/31/2010
Bulk food sales rose 15 percent in 2009 and are expected to keep growing through 2010. That will keep a lot of packing out of the landfill.
1/13/2009
It's official: The USDA has finally hammered out the details on country of origin labeling. The rule will take effect March 16, but some say it could use a little tweaking first.
4/18/2012
Learn how to store eggs properly, how to freeze eggs for long-term storage and how to use eggs in different kinds of recipes.
5/11/2012
STIHL provides support to new online resource for do-it-yourself audience.
3/1/2011
Giving handmade gifts will save money while showing the recipient that you care. Homemade sugar scrub, rice pillows, glass magnets and iPod covers are all easy to make and exciting to receive. Spend time, not money, to give the perfect holiday or birthday gift.
4/14/2011
You can upcycle (make crafts from recycled materials) to beautifuly and simplify your world! Have a few old T-shirts that are past their prime? Make them into a rosette pillow! Use homemade recycled paper to send friends and family chic, personalized greetings cards. Overrun with stuff to recycle? Transform tin can lids into a melodious windchime! Have fun and get creative turning your old stuff into treasures!
5/27/2010
Yes, you can make your own solar panels, but it won’t necessarily save you much money compared with buying commercial solar panels.
9/10/2013
Use everyday recyclable materials to create personalized DIY stationery.
12/31/2013
A review of hammers of friend Jack Fulton.
7/14/2011
Offering paint that saves the rain forest and a full list of ingredients, this natural finishes start-up aims to change the industry. Unearthed is making a bold move by providing full ingredient disclosure for all of its products.
4/20/2009
Home improvement stores offer free DIY classes. What project have you not started yet but dream of doing?
6/11/2009
Instructions for building a cold smoker (and three other things you can do with steel oil drums).
3/20/2009
Tell us about your all-time favorite fix-it tool.
4/29/2011
For May Day on May 1, make one of these 10 May Day Baskets with recycled materials.
4/3/2009
Share the story of your success with a DIY project home business.
4/5/2010
 You can build a low-cost, squirrel-proof bird feeder using simple tools and inexpensive materials. All you need is some plastic drain pipe and caps, hardware cloth and a bit of wire (or a wire hanger). In no time at all, you’ll have all sorts of birds at the feeder — and the squirrels will be perplexed!
8/22/2014
Blogger Steve Maxwell offers tips and a video explaining how to choose and use a router table.
9/8/2014
Making wooden replacement handles for tools is easier than you think.
12/6/2011
Reuse burnt-out lightbulbs to make this adorable, unique DIY holiday wreath.
8/6/2012
Jessica Kellner, editor of Natural Home and Garden Magazine, shares three pregnancy skin care products that will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
6/28/2012
Tour will highlight food and farming systems in Italy’s northern piedmont region.
7/30/2008
Join the conversation about the best way to ensure a safe food supply.
9/25/2011
Today's FAIR attendees will be well prepared to grow, make and preserve their own food and, as Joel Salatin encourages, get out of the Industriall food system.
10/25/2013
What would you do if the trucks stopped coming to the grocery stores? Find out how a community college class project spurred students to make plans for just such an experience.
1/7/2014
Putting into practice those great intentions: Living on preserved hard work and home canned peaches these short days.
1/17/2014
Find the best places to store your harvest in your home through the winter.
9/26/2012
Boulder Food Rescue is a non-profit what is helping to redefine food waste in America.
8/15/2008
We're trying it before you  buy it! Now Relish, one of our weekly blogs, will feature taste tests on various organic foods and snacks. This week we're featuring Kopali Organics snacks in Goldenberry. Read on to find out what we thought!
2/17/2011
Readers share tips, tricks and recommended products for keeping produce fresh longer.
8/31/2010
What's behind the food contamination issues plaguing us of late? Poop. Plain and simple. The Cornucopia Institute weighs in.
8/25/2008
We're trying it before you  buy it! Every week Relish — one of our weekly blogs — features taste tests on various organic foods and snacks. This week we're featuring Kaia Premium Granola in raison cinnamon, dates & spices and cocoa bliss. Read on to find out what we thought!
9/30/2010
Sweet potatoes are vitamin-packed powerhouses, and have a sweet, rich flavor that lends itself to a variety of recipes. From fun sweet potato biscuits to a traditional molasses sweet potato pie, use these healthy sweet potato recipes to enjoy one of fall’s best flavors.
9/8/2010
Share your favorite places to learn about food preservation.
4/12/2011
The community of Penobscot, Maine, has declared their local food sovereigny in a move to bypass restrictive state and federal regulations.
9/22/2009
How to make chipotles and other smoked peppers using a biochar trench.
12/14/2010
New Roots for Refugees, a program in the Kansas City area, helps fleeing refugees establish a new home and contributes to the local food system.
8/12/2009
Readers share tips and stories about wild food foraging.
7/5/2013
This low-cost, easy-to-assemble fire pit from Instructables is made with concrete tree rings and rocks. Just add a grill and you've got the perfect backyard hangout, all for around $50.
8/15/2013
Crafting laundry detergent saves time, money and lightens your environmental footprint. Plus it’s simple!
2/5/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, share his make do tool tips with fellow DIY homeowners.
2/11/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, explains just how easy it is to install laminate flooring yourself.
10/4/2013
These DIY garden lights reuse plastic bottles and provide soft, natural lighting for evenings spent outdoors.
1/28/2014
How to make a homemade cheese press in order to make a massive cheese.
8/4/2014
You can build your own industrial-chic reclaimed-wood table with only a few hand tools, spending about $120 on copper pipe.
3/22/2013
Make your own rotisserie spit that is solar powered.
7/14/2010
Build a simple backyard barbecue pit with no more than a shovel and a good cover panel for your next barbecue party.
7/8/2011
Bust the myths surrounding poison ivy and decide which DIY remedies are right for you.
6/27/2011
Cam has found another way to save money - his wife cuts his hair now! He also describes how even though he isn't artistic he creates and enjoys the masterpieces from his garden.
4/10/2011
Save containers, save money! No need to buy something you already have!
7/21/2010
Why spend hundreds of dollars on a commercial recumbent bicycle when you can make your own out of parts of recycled bikes?
6/10/2010
Finding the perfect desk with just the right amount of work space can be a hassle and a financial drain. Build your own desk with this do-it-yourself tutorial, and you’ll have room for your computer, notebooks, phone, printer and any other work-time necessities, and you’ll save some serious cash in the process.
5/25/2012
Robert Maxwell shares tips on maintaining motivation.
4/7/2011
Save your eggshells! Seedling pots that are easy on your wallet and the environment.
11/2/2012
Learn how to make a pinwheel for a fun, outdoors toy.
9/11/2009
How-to online videos are a valuable resource for any do-it-yourselfer. But there are a lot of videos out there, so we’ve picked noteworthy ones and provided a few links to help you find more in the future. From building a workbench to changing your car’s oil, these engaging and instructive videos will inspire you to start a fun, new DIY project.
2/25/2013
Borrowing from a Native American tradition, utilize porcupine quills to make beautiful beads.
3/16/2010
Recycling building materials from other sources is a great way to cut the cost and reduce the environmental impact of your DIY projects. We want to know where readers go to find reclaimed or used building materials, and how they use these materials in home projects.
8/31/2010
Hand crafted from recycled materials, each item one of a kind.
7/15/2010
Here are things to consider when choosing your cat or dog food.
8/1/2008
Get expert advice on how long fresh eggs will keep without refrigeration.
9/12/2008
Country of origin labeling will be required on many types of meat, fruits and vegetables starting Sept. 30.
10/8/2010
A new job-finding website, Good Food Jobs, can help you find meaningful work in the food industry.
2/8/2012
Readers who love canning share their firsthand reports about the foods they can at home, and why.
3/14/2012
This simple beet salad will make a beet lover out of you!
4/15/2011
Is it possible that the sheer extra number of calories produced by our food system could be partly responsible for the extra number of inches being tacked on to our waistlines? Is it possible that, by directing subsidies to the production of commodity crops used to produce grains and oils, our current agricultural policy is contributing to the obesity epidemic.
2/6/2013
One of our "14 Sustainable Food Companies You Can Trust," Plum Organics is good for your baby's health and the health of the planet.
2/22/2011
The Child Nutrition Act will improve school lunches. Readers share homemade school lunch ideas.
10/22/2009
Knowing that MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers are often health-conscious and choose to grow their own food, we're curious: Have you cut back or eliminated certain ingredients or foods from your diet? If so, why, and what effects have you noticed as a result?
3/7/2013
Restaurants are at the vanguard of thoughtful sourcing, choosing local, sustainable farms and cooking seasonally.
8/30/2011
Just in time for Labor Day, a dessert made with beer--Double-Chocolate Stout--that everyone will love.
10/6/2010
Readers share resources and information about their food-related jobs.
1/11/2013
Nyerges shares his years of experience about a little-known plant, Tradescantia fluminensis, and how it can be used for food. It has apparently never been described as a food plant in U.S.wild food/ethnobotanical literature.
2/22/2011
Readers share tips for saving money on food.
7/3/2008
Still anxious about the Salmonella found in tomatoes? Although some cases have been reported as recently as late June, don’t let it stop you from enjoying fresh, seasonal tomatoes. 
8/19/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains the environmental effect of consuming too much meat and offers tips on how to incorporate more vegetarian meals into your diet.
9/6/2008
The work of growing, harvesting and preserving your own food comes together in the satisfying instant when canning lids pop. Don't leave the kitchen until you've savored the sound of a job well done.
11/12/2008
Collect apples from old homestead trees for the best in flavor for sauce and pies.
3/22/2013
Exploring preparing meals of only homegrown food.
2/11/2013
Annie’s is expanding its line of wholesome comfort food favorites with a new, kid-friendly pasta product: Bernie’s Farm Macaroni & Cheese, made with 100 percent real cheese and certified-organic pasta in a variety of shapes featuring life on the farm. Like all of Annie’s products, Bernie’s Farm Macaroni & Cheese contains no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives.
2/20/2013
Trade as One, a company that makes it easy for consumers to build ethical products into their lifestyles, is launching a one-of-a-kind fair trade food subscription service.
9/9/2009
The Chefs Collaborative National Summit will bring together leaders from around the country for conversations and workshops about our food and food systems. The Summit provides a great opportunity for chefs interested in sustainability to engage in meaningful conversation, continue their education through practical workshops, and share expertise from the culinary field.
7/28/2011
This "award winning" pie takes a little time, but is well worth the effort. Substitute lemon if you're not a fan of lime.
7/13/2010
Drying food is a good way to eat local produce all year, and if you make this solar food dehydrator for yourself, you’ll be well on your way to delicious meals during colder months.
9/3/2010
In eggs from a healthy chicken, proteins found within the egg white control the growth of dangerous bacteria. If a chicken is infected with salmonella, the proteins can't protect you.
7/29/2008
Here's a quick and easy tip for freezing peaches.
3/13/2013
Carrington Farms, the creators of delicious 100 percent organic, non-genetically modified health food products, continues to reach outside of the box to provide healthy flax seed blends and cooking oils that are not only good for consumers but are affordable and taste great!
8/2/2011
If life is giving you heat, take to the kitchen and make ice cream. It's better than store-bought, and much easier than you think!
3/7/2013
Consider these simple steps for making your backyard flock-friendly. 
7/13/2009
Concerned about pesticides in your food? The Pesticide Action Network’s online database helps you understand which carcinogens and pesticides are present in 89 common foods.
7/24/2008
Want to know more about the food at your farmers market? Here's some advice from the farmers themselves.
7/19/2011
Goodbye corn-on-the cob, hello sweet corn pizza!
6/6/2011
At this time of year, Cam feels a little overwhelmed by the gardening chores ahead of him.
5/11/2012
  We’ve succeeded at drying herbs and greens in our SunWorks solar dehydrator, which promises to make future meals all the more flavorful and nutritious.  
4/29/2011
What can you do with all those useless newspapers, paper bags and Yellow Pages books? Tear them into scraps and use them to decoupage walls and other surfaces. It's easy, cheap--and surprisingly elegant.
3/25/2011
Turn empty oatmeal and salt containers into pretty storage canisters--in a snap.
3/30/2011
Bring some spring into your life. Sprinkle some wheat grass seeds in an old apothecary jar and watch them grow.
5/5/2011
So maybe you can't afford the pricey furniture and decor on display at the design shows in Milan and Vegas. Just take a look at these ideas and start riffing.
12/1/2011
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
7/20/2007
Check out these great searchable databases and other resources for finding local food and farmers.
4/30/2013
Nearly 2 million people sent comments opposing genetically engineered salmon to the Food and Drug Administration, stating that GE salmon is bad for the consumer, the environment and the native fish.
7/16/2014
France puts a premium on preserving its food heritage. Here's one example of that country's many food heritage sites, this one in Brittany.
9/6/2011
Looking for a better way to preserve all that garden produce without a hot kitchen canning project? A new solar food dryer promises to dry food fast and save energy and money using the sunshine in your back yard.
3/13/2013
HOMEGROWN.org introduces Find Good Food, a new page that includes national and state-by-state resources for locating family farmed eats near you. Read it! Share it! Add to it! Make it your own—and help make it even better.
10/12/2012
Michael Pollan’s New York Times editorial, “Vote for the Dinner Party,” explains why California’s Prop 37 is an essential element in the fight to require labeling of GM foods.
12/10/2012
A new Canadian study shows a link between consuming Roundup-contaminated water and/or GM corn and increased likelihood for illness and premature death in rats.
12/31/2009
The process of mechanically tenderizing steaks creates a food safety hazard by transferring bacteria that otherwise would be limited to the surface of a steak to the entire cut of meat, inside and out. Rare steak lovers, beware.
9/21/2011
Your attractive food garden could win you $500 and a chance to be featured in MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
8/19/2011
GloryBee Foods announces today that the company adds Aunt Patty's Organic Creamed Coconut to its selection of natural foods.
8/21/2014
Some of the most enduring food heritage sites are those devoted to the basics, eating and drinking.
8/27/2014
A root cellar slowly is dug by hand, with the goal of increasing our homestead's food preservation and storage capacity through the winter.
9/4/2014
A sepia photo of a North Carolina family in front of their farmhouse reveals food heritage.
7/1/2013
Author Rick Austin shares gardening advice from his book, “Secret Garden of Survival – How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest.”
8/2/2013
When Rachel Zegerius, camp program manager, set out to overhaul the food purchasing system at our small camp in Southwest Michigan five growing seasons ago, I began building relationships with the local farming community from the soil up.
10/4/2011
These resources will help you learn how to grow food and start a garden.
3/12/2014
Beyond the global, environmental and social impacts of eating local, feeding your organs healthy fuel buys you precious time on earth.
1/7/2014
People have found many techniques for preserving vitamins in winter, which still work today. One of the most basic involves fooling plants, as it were, into thinking they are not dead yet.
8/14/2014
Learn how to clean cast-iron cookware that’s old and crusty, and get some tips on seasoning cast-iron cookware to revive it even further.
7/20/2011
Michelle knows how much work it is to grow strawberries.... and she's happy to be able to buy them at any price!
6/27/2011
If you're a fan of real food and real fats, learn how to render lard the easy, old-fashioned way.
11/28/2007
Making pickles can be time-consuming, but this method for easy garlic pickles couldn't possibly be any easier. Or tastier!
1/4/2010
A Consumer Reports study finds high BPA levels in Del Monte, Progresso, Campbell’s, Annie’s Homegrown, Eden Foods and Vital Choice canned foods.
10/28/2010
It's been quite a fall for mushrooms around here...
10/2/2008
Check out the Hunger Site to give 1.1 cups of food to the hungry.
4/21/2010
PBS will air Food, Inc. on TV Wednesday, April 21 at 9 p.m. Eastern.
8/29/2011
Preserving food was a must during the Great Depression. Doris Zicafoose relates memories of drying corn, canning tomatoes, the necessity of a water bath canner and the joy of acquiring a pressure canner.
6/1/2011
Cam gives an update on his new chickens!
3/13/2013
Mama Chia organic chia seeds are infused with delicious fruits and vegetables to create a convenient, fun and tasty snack for active souls of all ages.
7/23/2008
New businesses are springing up catering to folks who want their food homegrown, but without the mess of tending to the garden themselves.
2/13/2009
Tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture to abandon their efforts to create and enforce a National Animal Identification System. We've made it easy for you with sample wording and directions on where to submit your comments.
12/29/2010
Readers suggest local food products and local food producers to our community.
11/6/2009
The voting outcome of Ohio's Issue 2 is seen as a win for industrial agriculture.
9/6/2012
Contemplations on what we eat and why we pay close attention to our food.
11/30/2010
Cam learns to appreciate country music.
2/28/2013
Rather than toiling away with annuals, consider creating an edible perennial food forest.   
9/24/2012
The University of California at Davis has released a report that shows how misleading the label "extra virgin olive oil" can be.
7/31/2009
According to a team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, organic food is not nutritionally superior to conventional. We know this isn't true, and here's an excellent response from The Organic Center.
9/23/2011
Cam has a great deal of respect for farmers.
6/25/2010
In 2005, the USDA MyPyramid was introduced as an updated version of 1992 USDA Food Guide Pyramid. While nutrition experts pointed to flaws in the original pyramid, many have found significant flaws in the new food pyramid as well. These graphics have played a key role in nutrition education for American children, but as they continue to be reformatted and reworked, will Americans lose their faith in the USDA?
10/9/2008
Organic Valley's new Pasture Butter is a standout among cultured butters and organic food products. This is one of the few products available today that respects Mother Nature by paying attention to the seasons, not to mention the needs of our food-producing animal friends.
3/21/2011
The price of food and oil are interminably linked. We are seeing this in our trips to the supermarket: every time we go, it's more expensive. What's a body to do?
4/18/2011
Take an imaginary journey from the High Arctic to California, as we examine food insecurity, waste, hunger, and culture clash.
2/26/2013
According to FDA data, the quantity of antibiotics sold for livestock use in this country continues to rise, topping 29 million pounds in 2011. This has a direct effect on the efficacy these same drugs will have on us. Sam Spitz has personal experience with a resistant illness and FamilyFarmed.org asked him to tell his story. It’s a cautionary tale that should have us all making better food choices. Read how we can all influence the campaign to end the misuse of antibiotics in livestock and keep antibiotics working for us when we need them!
3/9/2011
Aquifer depletion, rising temperatures, population increase and ethanol production are conspiring to send grain prices soaring and could lead to a world food crisis, Earthwatch Institute president Lester Brown predicts.
9/15/2014
A Chicago food heritage site — a meat-packing plant built in 1925 — becomes a 21st-century, net-zero producer of food.
3/19/2013
Build an inexpensive bicycle trailer out of upcycled walkers and other easy-to-find materials.
6/24/2013
Learn how to assemble a humane animal trap out of recycled material. It’s easy and effective!
6/24/2013
There are some things that you just aren’t going to wash very often, like your curtains, couch cushions, and probably even your favorite jeans. To spare the air, concoct a simple essential oil-infused linen spray, and spritz away until your definition of what “clean” smells like shifts permanently.
6/28/2013
This funky DIY bicycle helmet from Adafruit features colorful LED light strips to increase riders' visibility at night.
5/13/2013
Gather a few pallets and get geared up to make your very own spacious rabbit hutch with just a few supplies for under $25 dollars!
5/29/2012
So here's an idea - why not take existing technology and build a DIY diesel electric pickup truck? Is it even possible? I think it is, but I'll need your help!
1/9/2013
Feels like I'm finally getting the ball rolling on my DIY Plug-In Hybrid Truck Project. I got a chance to visit Hot Rod Jim, talk about drive shafts, and even got the bed off the truck!
6/19/2009
Watch this video to learn how a straw bale house goes together from start to finish. 
5/14/2011
Steve Maxwell spotlights the three myths that prevent people from realizing the full value of the self reliant lifestyle, and how to dispel them
9/13/2013
Make your barn doors glide with skateboard wheels and other easy to find materials in this DIY project to create sliding barn doors.
9/23/2013
You can make a simple bench for the garden or patio by recycling an old headboard.
10/8/2013
Learn how to make your own bushcraft knife using only simple tools and materials, including an old file.
9/12/2013
Skylight scoops are the latest design in skylights which help save more energy and enhance a building’s environment.
10/22/2013
This easy-to-make mosquito-net tent will keep flying critters from bugging you throughout the night.
9/23/2013
You can make these outdoor chairs for less than $80 by recycling a whiskey barrel and using a few other supplies from your workshop.
10/10/2013
This acorn-shaped wool garland is easy to make and perfect for fall decor.
11/29/2013
Learn how to build a simple, dual-burner rocket stove using recycled materials from your homestead, garden or workshop.
10/17/2013
Take a seat on this comfy sofa you made yourself using recycled car seats.
3/7/2014
You can stretch your budget for wedding flowers by growing some of your own. Learn how to select, schedule, and plant flowers — then make them into wedding bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces.
3/26/2014
Here’s what to look for when purchasing a portable table saw for DIY building projects around your homestead.
4/26/2011
Don't have the budget for a hot tub? Check out how these homeowners saves money and space by planting vintage clawfoot tubs in their gardens.
4/19/2011
See the power of gasification before we hit the road.
6/1/2012
Personal users can now buy welding and cutting products and accessories online from the comfort of their home.
3/28/2012
Announcing our new webcam that will be showing the latest flock of new born chicks in all their cute and feathery glory.
3/21/2012
Talking about how to make a DIY electric fence wire holder and how we got a tailgate transplant for around 150 dollars and some signs of spring.
11/18/2011
At last, we construct the foundation.
12/1/2011
We now have something to walk on other than dirt!
6/21/2010
Need to get your kids out of the house? Learn how to build your own playground and give them a convenient place for outdoor playtime.
2/7/2012
How to quickly and easily make a soothing herbal tea blend for children, plus bags and boxes to hold it.
2/25/2011
Wrap drinking glasses in handmade paper for pretty, easy-to-make vases and votive holders.
5/5/2011
Taste spring sooner-- build yourself a cold frame!
6/12/2012
Cam is trying to extend his growing season with DIY greenhouse structures.
11/30/2011
One of the easiest ways to make your own newspaper pots.
5/4/2009
Rechargeable tool packages use the same battery to power multiple tools: saws, drills, drivers and flashlights. What are the benefits of these systems?
6/5/2012
Easy-sew step-by-step instructions (with photos) to repurpose feed bags into handy totes.
7/30/2012
What's it take to build your own SOLAR-POWERED Electric Car? How about starting small with some hardware store parts and an old child's ride-on toy? Read how a tinkerer Dad builds a Solar-Powered Power Wheels with just basic tools and skills.
4/14/2011
Thinking about bees? Check out this DIY top bar hive!
5/11/2012
Robert Maxwell explains how to build your own limestone foundation for almost no money.
3/2/2011
Leasing solar panels may be a way for you to have a solar electric system on your home. See what our expert has to say on leasing solar panels, from an operating lease to a capital lease. Plus, learn about the federal tax incentives that come with solar electric systems.
3/13/2012
Realize that DIY inspiration is just a click away by checking out these great home remodeling blogs. 
10/22/2012
How to make your own homemade deodorant that really works!
3/14/2012
Talking about the excitement of Anna's new book cover that we got to preview from the publisher this past week and the anxiety of our new born chicks as they go out into the big world. Also have some details on how to make your own cleft graft.
3/31/2011
Craving something fresh and homegrown? Short on space and sunny weather? Growing sprouts is for you!
11/13/2012
Follow these easy instructions explaining how to make a fruit picker, and you'll never be tormented by out-of-reach fruit again.
2/1/2012
Our experiments with an Alaskan small log mill attached to our chainsaw had variable results making planks from downed trees.
3/11/2011
Skip the packaging and synthetic chemicals and learn how to make your own, cold-processed shampoo bars.
2/29/2012
The last week of the month has been a busy one with are preparations for the ending of winter and the start of a new growing season. We've got some details on a new cover crop and why we choose and simple composting toilet system compared to others.
6/4/2010
User of our CU photo-sharing website submits photo documents the building process on their new biomass and solar dome home. Don't forget to submit your photos to our CU photo-sharing website. Your favorite moments could become famous on our homepage!
9/17/2014
Doug and Jennie Ostgaard designed and built a photovoltaic system for their home, a project they was completed in six months. DIY photovoltaic solar has many benefits, and they outline a few of them here.
2/14/2011
The sweet smell and healing properties of bay, eucalyptus and ginger will make your sweetheart's Valentine's Day massage memorable.
3/29/2011
Gina Luker of The Shabby Chic Cottage turns a flea market suitcase and baskets into a wonderful bedside table that doubles as valuable storage.
7/22/2011
Bring back bottle-cutting! This contemporary candelabra, which gives new life to beautiful blue mineral water bottles, will make you rethink that old '70s craft.
7/15/2011
Connect together inexpensive mending plates to make these top-shelf candleholders--perfect for patio and porch dining. This simple project takes minutes and costs next to nothing.
4/19/2011
Whip olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice into a cheap, effective polish for wood furniture.
4/27/2011
Make your own all-purpose cleaners, dishwasher detergent and mildew remover with safe, simple ingredients. Ever think you'd be doing dishes with Kool-Aid?
5/20/2011
Turn terra cotta planter pots into candle holders. This super simple project is an inexpensive way to bring a little romance to your garden.
10/10/2012
Growing Local Food is a new book that encompasses all the needed basics to grow plants, keep heritage breed animals and bees. The author is a homesteader and physician who gives the readers the basic information to grow or find nutritious, local food
11/18/2008
Support America's artisan cider makers by putting locally made sweet and hard apple cider on the Thanksgiving table this year.
4/8/2010
Restaurants in the United Kingdom can be evaluated and accredited based on choices such as purchasing ethical meat and dairy products, choosing fair trade coffee, monitoring energy use, supporting community charities and serving tap water.
4/18/2011
The further degradation of our societal food skills are examined here, with small town food craftsmen becoming an endangered species, in this case, my local butcher.
4/29/2013
Spring tasks around the homestead.
5/21/2013
In praise of the garden fork.
5/24/2013
Forming a food producers and artisans cooperative brings together farmers, crafters and consumers hoping to revitalize their community, preserve skills and continue the economy of neighborliness
6/20/2013
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.
7/29/2013
FamilyFarmed.org Good Food Festival & Conference partner Vicki Nowicki shares her experience living, learning, and teaching on her suburban permaculture homestead.
7/15/2013
Proposals to weaken the links among conservation, farming and fair access to food would worsen the problems of U.S. agriculture.
5/23/2013
Making great sunshine tea is easy if you follow a few simple guidelines for contents, quantities, and water.
6/7/2013
I separate the fact from the fiction with use of soluble fertilizers.
7/10/2013
Daylilies are usually appreciated for their showy flowers, but they also provide four different tasty ingredients. Wild food forager Leda Meredith shows you how to use the edible parts of the plant.
7/15/2013
Canning is the penance for spring, when you couldn’t stop yourself from putting out one more row of tomato starts. Canning is the human’s attempt to make the hottest days of the year even more sizzling indoors than they are out.
5/8/2013
Have you ever wondered what is in an "industrial" doughnut?
7/30/2013
Hmmm - not feeling so well. Was it those chicken wings?
6/6/2013
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.
4/25/2013
Smoked peaches make a great stuffing or sauce for grilled chicken or pork.
1/15/2013
"Schav" is a traditional Russian-Eastern European soup of sorrel and potato that is refreshing served cold, and heartening served hot.
1/15/2013
We refer to this Mediterranean side dish as “local” because you can probably find all of the ingredients close to home. Here, sorrel is a perfect local substitute for the lemon juice usually called for in tabbouleh recipes.   
11/23/2013
A healthy comfort food!
11/29/2013
Use venison to create a pot of rich, meaty chili perfect for warming up on cold, fall days. So good, there won’t be leftovers to freeze.
11/12/2013
One thing that gardening has done to me, as to so many others probably, is that I've started to pay attention to where the food on my plate comes from, and usually the answer is “from our garden."
12/11/2013
Dig in to our wealth of food preservation resources to learn how to keep fall crops edible well into winter.
1/17/2013
These tips will help you keep your kitchen compost free of rotten smells and fruit flies.
1/27/2014
The adventure in the water, on the water or on dry land does stop with the ecotravel activities in the Florida Keys, many of which help preserve and conserve the very things we came to see. Some of the lodging options – and restaurants or food options – are an adventure in and of themselves.
4/15/2014
As important as it is to improve life locally, such efforts will not work their way up through the world's economy to solve our biggest problems.
12/24/2013
Pennsylvania is under federal quarantine due to the threat of Emerald Ash Borers. Raising awareness and getting the facts are important. However, getting to the root of the problem may be as simple as supporting local food systems.
7/2/2014
The annual Cook It Raw competition showcases international cuisine and local agriculture.
12/23/2013
Ten easy holiday pantry gifts that you can make at the last minute.
2/3/2014
This heavy artisan bread is full of flavor, and will be ready by dinnertime if you start right now! The unexpected flavor comes from good quality honey olive oil and barley flour.
2/14/2014
What does “Certified Organic” mean? Food labels can be befuddling, but we’re here to help. Learn the standards that guide the “Certified Organic” label.
3/13/2009
This coming Tuesday, March 17, new legislation will be introduced in an attempt to protect Americans from antibiotic resistance. The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009 will end the use of certain antibiotics in agriculture unless animals are sick.
9/12/2012
The menus for the Seven Springs FAIR have been finalized!
4/29/2009
Swine flu may or may not be the pandemic that cable newscasters are proclaiming - but why take chances? This most recent health scare is yet another reminder that eating local, organic food - preferably raised by a source you know and trust - is just a smart thing to do.
8/6/2010
Garlic is a very labour-intensive crop to grow but the rewards are worth it!
4/7/2009
Share your spring seasonal recipes for the month of April.
12/6/2011
Winners of the Fabulous Food Garden Contest have been chosen. See who the lucky prize recipients are!
7/31/2012
Cam contemplates the meaning of life while picking strawberries.
10/9/2009
How to make canned green tomato relish.
9/27/2010
When you run out of land on which to grow food and fuel in your own country, is it OK to buy cheap land in a third-world country?
9/30/2011
You can save money and improve your helaht by making more foods from scratch in your own kitchen. Sign on for October Unprocessed, and kick the processed food habit for one full month (at least for starters!). Check out some deliciously simple recipes to get you started.
12/18/2008
Follow these five easy steps to create several weeks worth of meals in one afternoon.
7/11/2011
Cam discovers that his chickens have unique personalities....
11/7/2008
Pizza Fusion is one of the 10 finalists in Co-op America's People's Choice Award for green business of the year. The company uses only organic ingredients and delivers its pizza with hybrids.
3/25/2011
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
10/1/2010
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s upcoming annual conference on sustainable farming will focus on how to achieve sustainability in our food system, as well as the future of agriculture in general.
9/15/2009
The White House will launch an open-to-the-public farmers market.
7/28/2010
Every year, Americans use enough plastic wrap to cover the entire state of Texas (EPA). Plastic wrap and other food covers are almost impossible to recycle and contain harmful chemicals that can seep into our food. CoverMate™ Food Covers provide a simple, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution.
8/14/2009
Look for local foods, such as fresh peaches, from your local farmers' market to make delightful summer desserts such as peaches and cream.
11/6/2012
Are organic foods healthier? In the wake of a media frenzy revolving a “study” by Stanford University claiming to answer this question, many people were left wondering. Benefits of organic food go beyond the vitamin content: The overwhelming amounts and types of pesticides in our food play a major role in many shoppers’ decision to go organic.   
7/25/2012
The drought conditions at Sunflower Farm are making Cam rather cranky.
4/26/2011
Finding wild morel mushrooms growing in our urban backyard means plenty of marvelous meals.
9/24/2008
Use freezer-damaged fruit to make tasty fruit sauces.
9/23/2008
Congress is accused of bait-and-switch tactics when they propose millions in reductions to the conservation-related program assistance that helped pass the 2008 farm bill.  
7/27/2012
Ranting about the drought worked! We got rain here at Sunflower Farm!
10/24/2011
Cole remembers some of the not-so-great things he saw in supermarket meat departments.
9/21/2011
Cam has been busy harvesting and sorting potatoes.
12/18/2008
Guest blogger and longtime advocate of sustainable food Gwen Roland reflects on the new popularity of local eating, and highlights some of the innovative local food projects funded by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grants.
6/28/2011
The dangers of bud nip (Chlorpropham) and the effects of chemical herbicides on the food you're eating come to light in a potato project conducted by a smart, young lady.
9/19/2011
Wondering what delicious meals and snacks we’ll be serving up at the Fair? Wonder no more! See what food options will be offered by Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Fair exhibitors.
6/23/2011
Find out how to pack a litter-free lunch using a lunchopolis lunchbox by Enviro Products. The lunchbox containers are BPA-free and can help you cut down on 3.5 billion pounds of lunchbox garbage generated every year.
2/15/2012
Cam thinks people worry about the small things (bugs), when they should be more concerned about the big things (climate change).
12/7/2012
We offer you some helpful tips on how to have a green holiday this year.
6/16/2011
Everyone loves a chocolate-chip muffin ... just add bacon for a special treat!
12/29/2010
The Snail, the winner of Electrolux Design Lab 2010 Competition, saves both energy and space by heating food with magnetic induction.  
1/7/2012
Food is the most universal symbol of America’s age of excess. The average American’s dinner comes from five different countries, with a combined airfreight and ocean freight mileage tab that often exceeds 10,000 miles. At least three-fourths of that meal is processed and packaged, its nutrients stripped away and replaced by texturizers, sweeteners, and flavor “enhancers.”
6/26/2008
You'll love this recipe from William Woys Weaver for garlic scapes sauteed with tomatoes, white wine and sheep's milk cheese.
8/8/2011
Are the grasshoppers devouring the garden that you are working so hard to keep alive? I say fight fire with fire!
5/9/2011
In our ever-growing quest to produce our own food we've acquired two egg-laying chickens!
8/29/2011
Cam considers how Peak Oil will affect our lives....
10/7/2009
Readers share tips and tricks for storing green tomatoes and keeping them longer.
8/3/2009
Legislation to control the use of antibiotics on the farm is gaining momentum in D.C., and emotions on both sides of the issue are heating up. Tell us what you think of the bill.
8/12/2011
Cam loves growing and selling food!
6/30/2011
Heirloom Vegetable Gardening (1997) by Willam Woys Weaver profiles 280 heirloom varieties, with growing advice and recipes. This introdution is the beginning of a series of excerpts to be posted from Weaver’s book to walk gardeners through sowing, cooking recipes at harvest and saving heirloom seeds through the winter.   
10/31/2011
Handmade candies are always better than store-bought. If you're a fan of the peanut butter-and-chocolate combination, mix up these delicious little truffles.
10/4/2011
These resources will help you learn how to eat seasonal foods in order to save grocery money.
8/26/2014
Use this simple technique to preserve your bounty of fresh summer peppers.
9/2/2014
With bumper crops of tomatoes coming, there are some simple ways to preserve the fresh off the vine taste year round, no special equipment required.
9/15/2014
Dehydrating or sun-drying your extra summer veggies is a great way to save the summer bounty for year-round eating!
9/16/2014
Fungi help your soil, your composting and your plants. Add fungi to your homestead activities and let 'em grow!
7/8/2011
Give your bathroom a little flair--and have fun doing it--by creating a backsplash from pebbles, pennies or whatever's rattling around in the bottom of the toolbox. This fun, simple project is perfect for everyone--whether you're a DIYer or not.
5/31/2011
With no building experiment and only the information they found online as their guide, Kyle and Jeannie built a sweet little home on wheels. In this video, they share what they learned in the process and invite you inside.
4/21/2011
Solar-powered jar lights are pretty but too pricey. You can easily make your own using easy-to-find items from the hardware store.
1/30/2013
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has started a global campaign to help reduce food waste worldwide.
4/4/2014
Leading food sovereignty activist Vandana Shiva will present “Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope” in Kansas City. Many other farming and gardening workshops and events are planned for April 17-18, 2014.
7/5/2014
Our mission in preserving food heritage is to research, collect, preserve, and then explain America's food heritage and historic sites likely cannot be done without help. Want to contribute?
7/22/2014
Tucked in the pines, this preserved New Jersey food heritage site is where cultivated high bush blueberries were born.
8/4/2014
Established in 1879 by an Arab-Israeli family, Abouelafia Bakery continues to make history.
8/14/2014
Ancient Florida shell mounds, early days of bar-b-que, and all that.
6/6/2011
The documentary Urban Roots takes a look at how city farming is transforming the city's vacant lots into community gardens, ultimately changing the community as a whole in the process.
10/6/2010
Both organic and local food are important if we want to eat nutritious and delicious food. Furthermore, our current food system is in jeapordy because petroleum and water supplies are dwindling and climate change is resulting in more extreme weather.
9/1/2010
A homemade solar food dryer allows you to dry tomatoes and apples for delicious and nutritious winter snacks and addition to your meals.
7/30/2012
Solar food drying is incredibly easy with a solar food dehydrator, which requires very little effort to make perfectly preserved produce.
7/7/2011
With all the recent panic about radiation contamination, our loyal BõKU customers felt safer, and more protected, with BõKU's nutrient dense support.
10/31/2008
Happy Halloween! Now pop open a pumpkin beer.
3/30/2011
As farmers markets open across the country, here are 10 good reasons to get out and support your local farmers. (The freshest seasonal food is just a part of it.)
10/29/2008
Hoch Ybrig cheese from Swiss cheese maker Rolf Beeler is a standout on its own, but here are some delicious ideas for pairing it with honey, wine and beer.
6/25/2009
Smithfield's hog farms produce a lot of meat and make a lot of money, but at what cost? Can we continue to look the other way as they pollute  waters, abuse animals and terrorize their neighbors?
1/2/2011
There's no need to go to the grocery food in the winter if you have stored food in a root cellar, freezer or canning jars. Most of the work of preparing this food has already been done and so that winter meals are easy, nutritious and delicious.
3/1/2013
Five people and two U.S. honey processors were charged with ‘honey laundering’. Investigators found illegally imported honey from China.
9/4/2012
Solar drying experiences in 2012, including tomato varieties Principe Borghese and Long Tom.
3/20/2009
Relax: HR 875 isn't a bill to outlaw organic farming, as you might have heard. But it's not exactly good news for pesticide-free producers, either. Here are the details.
8/8/2012
Sandy Boyce's sauerkraut was a hit, selling out each week, until her county health department asked her to stop. Across the nation, regulations can prevent small-time home producers from distributing their 'cottage foods' to the public.
10/3/2011
Although the concepts of fair trade, buying local and buying organic food are used to aid the economies of developing countries, these same three concepts can help our local communities become the healthy communities we can thrive in.
2/21/2012
Judy Mimranek shares her father's time-tested tip for digging a root pit and covering it with layers of straw and cow manure in order to store fruits and vegetables through the winter.
3/27/2009
More on the much-feared food safety bill, HR 875, and its Congressional counterparts.
8/29/2014
Seed libraries are meeting new challenges that point to the need for better education and understanding with the public, and with those charged with enforcing seed laws. Learn about the opportunities that are open in this evolving social movement.
1/22/2013
Urban food forests and public gardens provide communities with an edible landscape for everyone to share. These public fruit forests are the new trend in urban agriculture and play an important role as sustainable local food systems in their communities.  
4/4/2013
Looking for a great home metalworking project? Follow these DIY patio furniture instructions to build scrap-metal furniture for your patio.   
4/29/2013
It was becoming pretty obvious the crowding and lack of light were real limitations to my mini garden. Then, the idea of a trough on the windowsill came to mind, combining a way to water all the plants uniformly and efficiently all at once. Great, now how to make this trough? Wood? Sheet metal? The choices all seemed expensive, clumsy, prone to leaking...then the light bulb went on in my head: gutters!
9/25/2013
With a few key supplies, you can revive worn wood flooring without heavy-duty sanding.
4/26/2011
Making your own cleaning products using vinegar, baking soda and water is healthy, easy--and cheap. Learn how to whip up your own cleaners using foods you already have in your kitchen cupboard.
4/12/2011
Making mosaics out of salvaged, broken tiles is a great project for free-form do-it-yourselfers. It's easy, fun and results in a brilliant surface--often for pennies. Check out this video and give it a try.
3/2/2012
Part II of a tutorial on how to make cold-process soap. The directions are intended for the absolute beginner and use easy-to-locate materials.
2/5/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, guides an inquiring homeowner on how to find the right circular saw.
3/11/2011
Give your hangers a little pizzazz--and protect your clothing--with this simple project that makes use of worn-out shirts.
4/21/2011
Cam has had to learn lots of new skills living in his off-grid home!
3/7/2011
It's easy to make your own air freshener spray. You'll avoid chemicals and delight in the fresh smell.
7/10/2011
People often dismiss gardening as an expensive hobby that they can’t afford. While that can be true, it doesn’t have to be. There are way to make gardening cheap.
7/25/2011
It might be the middle of the summer, but you should start thinking about getting your fall garden ready. If you don’t have much space, to plant everything outdoors, then you can certainly start your seeds indoors.
6/10/2011
When you are apartment gardening in a small space, you are forced to be creative due to your space constrictions. Most traditional pots and containers might not work, so you become reliant on reusing objects to better fit your space.
2/28/2011
With just three ingredients and two simple steps, you can clear away germs and freshen your home's air to welcome spring.
4/15/2011
Reed diffusers are a great way to fill your home with the fresh, healing scents of essential oils--but they're pricey. You can save a bundle by making your own using repurposed bottles and plant stalks.
3/26/2012
Here are three easy Easter basket items for you to make. Children can act as helpers, or you can surprise them. Make rainbow crayons, mini soaps and bath bombs.
3/31/2011
For an investment of less than $10,000 and about a week of labor, you could have a custom workshop, barn, garden shed or office.
4/23/2012
Make a cute, no-sew May Day basket using felt. Embellish it with buttons, beads and trim and it is ready to be delivered. Fill it with flowers and candy and you can hang it on a neighbor's doorknob like people did a century ago.
1/26/2012
Advancing their commitment to helping homeowners protect their lawns and gardens from damage caused by moles, Sweeney's, a leader in DIY pest control products, introduces the Deadset MoleTrap.
8/13/2012
Use Epsom salt, lemon, aloe vera and other simple ingredients to clean up your kids when they have stubborn, sticky summer grime.
4/29/2011
Two students have created an inspirational blog that features one upcycling project--something made from discarded materials--each day. They've committed to keeping it going for 30 days, but with your help it could go forever.
2/22/2012
Finally getting the barn roof repair project started was a big deal for us as well as a few other things that are worth checking out if you are interested in modern homesteading.
3/13/2012
This very simple indirect stepping stone technique allows you to make multiple stepping stones that will be beautiful and long lasting. It is good for individual stones and for large group projects involving all ages.
7/16/2011
Our hands take a beating. Be kind to them and make this amazing hand scrub with ingredients right from your pantry!
6/13/2011
Save money and keep harsh chemicals out of your kitchen by making your own dishwasher detergent. It takes just seconds to make a powdered or liquid version.
2/18/2011
Simple to make, this stone bath mat is a treat for your feet.
12/14/2012
Claire finds a recipe for hard lotion and makes molded lotion bars to give as Christmas presents.
5/28/2012
Celebrate all things beachy by making sand candles! Using paraffin, crayons and sand you can make a beautiful sand candle to commemorate a trip to the shore.
2/23/2012
Part I of a two-part tutorial on how to make soap for the absolute beginner. Readers will assemble materials and prepare the mold this week in anticipation of combining the ingredients to make a batch of cold-process soap.
7/4/2012
Have you ever considered using lard to make soap? It is easy to locate, inexpensive, and has a long history as a soap-making staple. This recipe adds a few extras to improve the conditioning qualities of traditional lard soap.
5/3/2011
Put those big pieces of cardboard to work by turning them into furniture. This entertaining tutorial shows you how.
2/14/2011
This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.
4/18/2011
Old mirrors are a dime a dozen at flea markets--but what can you do with them? Group several of different shapes together for a pretty, unique display.
4/8/2012
You can use items you find in your pantry like powdered drink mix, Jell-O and food coloring to make a beautiful dyed skein of yarn.
3/14/2013
Upcycle abandoned shopping carts into funky shopping cart furniture that is both fun and functional. This DIY shopping cart project takes some elbow grease, but is well worth the results.
4/5/2011
Use old jars to make these cute, inexpensive candle lanterns--for a fraction of what you'd pay if you bought them at the store.
3/7/2012
Talking about the recent past week where we got several items crossed off the Spring to-do list and managed to have some fun while doing it complete with pictures to illustrate the good times.
7/1/2011
Use an old aluminum can and branch trimmings to make a rustic and beautiful vase. This simple project using humble materials costs nearly nothing and looks like a million bucks.
4/4/2012
A brief announcement of the new Permaculture chicken ebook series that starts with chicken egg incubation.
7/23/2012
Use herbs from your garden,vegetable oil and beeswax to make a solid perfume.
4/23/2011
Growing your own food doesn't have to be an expensive activity. There are plenty of ways to cut back the costs and be earth-friendly as well. You can do this by giving a second life to items that have outgrown their initial purpose.
4/1/2011
Rain chains are a smart, good-looking way to collect rainwater from your roof--but they can be pricey. You can make your own for next to nothing. Give your house a little bling.
11/14/2012
Trying to sum up a few of the lesson learned while figuring out the best way to incubate and hatch cute chicks.
3/6/2013
Learn how to waterproof fabric with these simple instructions for making tin cloth.
2/9/2011
Invite the birds into your yard with this simple bird feeder made from a toilet paper roll.
3/17/2011
Slower growth in crop yields, high oil prices and use of food crops to make biofuels could push food prices higher for the next year and beyond.
6/7/2013
The U.S. Farm Bill will be renewed in 2013 with a plan to cut major funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
9/25/2010
Kids enjoy scoops of fresh-made ice cream in the Treehouse Club at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR
7/23/2013
Studies show unhealthy dieting kills more people than alcohol, cigarettes and drug use combined.
8/14/2013
Plant life along small streams starts a food chain that stretches all the way to the ocean.
5/13/2013
As I go along, I pull out pebbles occasionally, but only one large stone. Time and time again, however, my hands pry free the remnants of bricks. As late afternoon turns to early evening and my work for the day is nearing completion, a collection of the ruddy-colored artifacts is stacked to one side. The sight of them calls up something nostalgic in me, broken bits suggesting a history that is largely lost.
8/8/2013
How to identify, harvest and cook with wood sorrel and sheep sorrel, both common weeds that have the same exquisite lemon flavor as cultivated French sorrel.
7/8/2013
A pressure canner greatly expands the range of foods that can be safely canned at home.
7/1/2013
These online tools can help you find the best sources for local food, including local farmers markets and community-supported agriculture programs.
1/15/2013
For super-smooth sorbet, churn this sorrel recipe in an ice cream maker. For a treat just as refreshing but studded with icy crystals, simply stick the mixture in your freezer. Got kids? Freeze this sorbet in freezer pop forms instead.   
12/11/2013
Learn how to dehydrate gourmet garlic so you can enjoy it year-round.It takes only a few simple steps to turn fat, juicy bulbs into crunchy, golden chips!
10/10/2013
For the past few years, we've experimented with different ways of storing food fresh and now we're eating garlic, onions, squash, carrots and beets in June.
9/4/2013
Tastes like lemonade, has the beautiful blush color of rose wine, and comes from a plant that's almost certainly growing near you - here's how to make and use sumac extract.
11/5/2013
Necessity leads to ingenuity in the creation of root cellar storage.
12/18/2013
Food preservationist Tammy Kimbler teaches you how to make apple pie fruit leather from urban-foraged apples.
9/26/2013
To grow, keep and eat your own food keeps you away from the food industry, the fossil fuel based agriculture, food stores and logistics.
12/20/2013
How to identify, harvest, and eat sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem artichokes). This root vegetable is a native North American plant that is at its best after a few frosts.
12/20/2013
Fired up our smoker for the first time and made yummy use of our summer's Kokanee Fish Catch to smoke fish.
6/2/2014
Exciting new research reveals how certain foods from the Mediterranean diet work to treat hypertension. Learn what researchers have uncovered about which foods to eat to lower blood pressure.
7/14/2014
Processed foods contain a variety of chemical preservatives that have been linked to serious medical conditions. Here’s what to look for and how to avoid food preservatives.
12/30/2013
The discovery of an uncommon remedy for blood poisoning in my pantry.
2/17/2014
Candlemas is an ancient midwinter holiday, when people would take inventory on their stock of candles, pantry food storage and hay in the barn to get the homestead through the second half of winter.
4/30/2014
Joel Salatin and his family open their farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley on July 19th to celebrate what he calls "integrity food." Events will feature walking tours of pastured livestock, intensive seminars and demonstrations on rabbit rearing and more.
5/28/2014
Achieving real food independence means gaining the knowledge and skills to grow, harvest and store food. The best way to do this is working on a small, local farm.
7/8/2014
A list of ways we could each show support or teach our friends and family to support the Local Foods Movement
4/14/2014
Ziggy Liloia examines two poignant books, Paradise Lot and Gaia’s Garden that turn the idea of needing lots of space to grow ample food on its head.
3/14/2014
If you know much of each food from your garden you consume each year, you can better plan how much to grow.
5/29/2014
A relative of the artichoke, burdock is a common and versatile wild vegetable.
5/16/2014
Identifying, harvesting, and cooking the nutritionally complex spring treat, stinging nettle.
5/13/2014
Unlike many wild foods that take a long search, dandelions are found in almost every wood and meadow. And while many wild plants require special training to identify and discriminate from similar-looking poisonous plants, dandelions can be readily identified by every schoolchild.
7/10/2014
Simpler, more streamlined biscuits from scratch - no buttermilk required.
7/24/2014
This Cherry Crostata Recipe is a simple, delicious way to use summer’s rubies.
6/5/2014
How to identify and use red clover (Trifolium pratense), plus a recipe for red clover blossom soda bread.
3/11/2014
Learn how to take garlic as medicine — garlic is a potent natural antibiotic and immune-booster.
2/19/2014
Preserving meat at home by making pork confit.
3/21/2014
Reading label ingredients is a must for your baby's health.
1/21/2014
It is possible to grow fresh crops through the dark months even without a greenhouse, and even where we live, a thousand miles from the Arctic Circle, where the winter sun brings only brief and meager light.
5/6/2014
Harrisons’ Pet Products Recover: A Complete Nutritional Formula is for sick or injured animals.
11/5/2010
According to a recent Congressional Research Service report, nearly  40 programs, from land conservation to support for beginning farmers and ranchers, are set to lose funding in the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill.
12/15/2010
Natural products research firm Compass Naturals predicts shoppers will get savvy; rebel against chemicals, over-packaging, GMOs and animal cruelty; and grow more of their own food.
9/22/2011
Andrea Chesman of Storey Publishing will present three cooking workshops at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
4/17/2011
Here are six of my favorite ideas for those of you with small spaces and still want to get your garden on.
8/17/2011
Readers share their best tips for keeping food fresh longer. Learn how to extend the life of all kinds of food, and prevent spoilage.
5/5/2009
Share your spring seasonal recipes for the month of May.
9/16/2011
Cole Ward of The Gourmet Butcher will present a butchering demonstration at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/7/2011
Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François will present a workshop on baking healthy bread at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
5/4/2011
Don't let your wanderlust for more space hold you back from creating your homestead in the city.
10/8/2010
A recent poll asked you what percentage of people living in the U.S. you would guess grow food gardens. Most respondents underestimated the actual numbers of households with home gardens, a growing trend.
1/27/2013
It's important to periodically check any canned, dried, or otherwise home-preserved food to make sure it's still safe to eat.
10/9/2011
Cole discusses the challenges faced by organic meat raisers, as well as the health benefits of consuming organic meats.
1/19/2009
It's hard to shop responsibly sometimes, especially for meat. There are so many different label claims that it's hard to remember which are meaningful and which are just fluff. Here's a handy reference card that will give more power to your purchases.
1/29/2013
Here is an easier way to blanche vegetables, such as green beans, before freezing them.
9/13/2012
Squeezable packets eliminate the need to measure.
10/1/2012
McCormick pumps up flavor and encourages healthy changes.
10/7/2010
Amid mounting concerns over food security and sustainable food systems, the rise of urban gardens and agriculture has been on the rise. Due to a paralleled increase in the numbers of people interested in learning how to garden, programs in urban agriculture at colleges as well as nonprofit urban garden training programs have sprouted up across the country.
8/1/2007
A recent survey revealed that Americans are largely unaware of the presence of genetically engineered food in their diet, yet they maintain negative opinions about the safety of these GE foods.
8/7/2012
Learn how to use less energy canning tomato products.
6/1/2011
Clem Stechelin of Clem's Oregon Trail Seasonings, and Mark Joy and Alison Sheafor-Joy, home brewers, will present workshops on meat preparation and home brewing at the Mother Earth News Fair, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
3/22/2013
Our experiences in learning to pressure can and use reusable canning lids.
1/4/2010
There are a lot of changes we'd like to see made to our food system this year. Add your own.
5/26/2011
Lyle Estill of Piedmont Biofuels and Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute will present workshops on low-carbon solutions and local eating at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
7/17/2012
Use your abundance of basil to handcraft this delightfully different custard-style ice cream.
11/9/2012
The thing about self-sufficiency, working with nature, making delicious food: There’s always something new to learn.
7/30/2012
Can a civilization this profoundly removed from the visceral participation in farming and food even survive? Can the assumptions, like cheap energy, cheap grain, and processed food that can be nutritious, really continue into the future?
9/27/2011
Anna remembers her grandmother's tasty buttermilk biscuits with fig preserves and her mother's stories of growing up on a small, in-town homestead in the 60s.
7/10/2008
Learn about the many kitchen and community projects supported by SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education), including the training necessary to be able to sell value-added food products at markets.
8/26/2011
Gianaclis Caldwell of Pholia Farm Creamery will present two workshops on cheesemaking at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.
3/9/2011
A potential solution to rising food prices, food insecurity and the obesity epidemic may call into play raising farms inside the city limits.
6/16/2011
Recently my passion for pickles was reignited, burning green, burning bright, and leading me to think constantly about food, even as I'm thinking about bike touring. Pickles led to bread, stew, then fudge (the kind my grandma used to make)...
2/8/2011
As world food prices hit a record high, follow these tips for reducing your grocery bill while still eating well.
7/29/2008
Slightly underripe apples that fall to the ground must be picked up, so why not cut away the bugs and bruises and put them to good use? Here’s how to turn windfall apples into supernutritious drinks and snacks.
9/19/2008
The  U.S. Food and Drug Administration is accepting public comment regarding a draft Guidance for Industry #187 — to clarify regulation of genetically altered animals.
4/7/2011
We would like all our food to be grown locally, but when it's too cold to grow outside, we often rely on what we've stored from the previous season. Calzones offer one more way to cook with stored food.
7/16/2012
Living a ranch life in northern New Mexico in the 1960s consisted of hard work and knowledge. It was not the romantic life that many people imagine it to have been.
5/17/2011
Ava Waits, nutrition expert, will present a workshop on real food at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
1/7/2011
The difference between power and energy and how it relates to toast!
3/8/2012
Jerry is no ordinary guy. Don’t be fooled by his rather gruff exterior. Laughing eyes, and a twitch at the corner of his mouth, quickly verify that humor lies within! This wild man in the suburbs has some interesting hobbies which keep him well fed!
5/24/2011
Linda Gilkeson, master gardener, and Jessie Price of EatingWell Magazine will present workshops on gardening and healthy cooking at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
1/7/2011
At least four major beef recalls due to E. coli tainted meat occurred in 2010. A substantial percentage of the meat was certified organic. With these beef scares in mind, the fact that Grist readers voted hamburgers as the second scariest food of 2010 comes as no surprise.
9/20/2011
Anh Thu Hoang of Joy Bliss Raw will present a workshop on raw food at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
3/20/2011
Having little space is not a reason to not be growing your own food. It's just an excuse. I've been apartment gardening since 2009.
8/31/2011
Sharon Greenspan of Wild Success will present three workshops on non-dairy cheesemaking and health at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
6/19/2012
Keeping bees is something I've wanted to do on our new homestead. But would I like it? Taking a class is a good way to find out.
10/25/2011
C. Murray shares his experiences finding work to support his family as a child during the Great Depression.
8/30/2011
Sherri Brooks Vinton, author of Put 'Em Up, will present two workshops on canning at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
7/2/2008
Submit your best veggie burger recipes for the Mother Earth News cookbook project, and enter to win a reusable, recyled Mother Earth News grocery tote.
10/7/2008
This great recipe offers a new way to enjoy pumpkin.
10/14/2011
Celebrate harvest season by helping bring local food onto kid's lunch trays at schools across the country during Farm to School Month.
9/21/2011
James Farmer of Earlham College will present two workshops about buying and selling local food at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
11/18/2008
Vegetarians and vegans can enjoy an excellent meatless Thanksgiving dinner. Check out these great vegetarian and vegan recipes and websites.
6/15/2012
The Roots and Culture Tour is an incredible opportunity for all those interested in working towards a more sustainable and just food system to dive into the local food system in the small and amazing Talamanca Region of Costa Rica.
9/14/2011
Author Lisa Kivirist will present a workshop on organic eating on a budget at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
12/22/2011
Know a chocolate-lover? Here's info on a few of the most delicious chocolate bars, from companies that make organic, fair trade, ethically produced chocolates.
11/22/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS has entered the world of mobile media, and we’d like to have your input as we plan and design future apps. Join our advisory group to help us design the best apps for you and our readers.  
3/21/2012
You want to start your urban garden from seed this year, but you're not sure where to start because you’ve only started from transplants.
7/27/2010
In this blog series, I’ll guide you through eight sustainable wedding issues — starting with rings, and making stops for invitations and food — that are both easy and fun to remedy. After all, it may be your big day, but that doesn’t mean you should forget the big picture. This blog is all about environmentally-friendly wedding food ideas.
7/5/2012
Weeding in the summer is all about species maintenance
9/9/2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on how to implement the new Conservation Stewardship Program. Here's the lowdown, plus instructions on how to submit your opinion — it's easy!
5/11/2011
Monica Orban of Organic Valley will present a kids' workshop on making homemade ice cream at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
5/24/2011
If you want to know what foods compliment each other the best, check out the Flavor Bible.
4/18/2011
Spring means rhubarb! Make ice cream, jam and more!
8/9/2011
Ken Roseboro of The Organic & Non-GMO Report will present a workshop about genetically modified foods at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
2/3/2011
Pass the cold, wintry months with warm thoughts of how you can eat more local food while supporting sustainable agriculture this coming season.
8/29/2011
Four of the requirements honey bees need to thrive, no matter where they live, or what type of shelter they have, or what kind of management they have, or don't have.
5/25/2011
Reginald Beck, gluten-free baker and Bruce Glenn, straw bale builder will present workshops on gluten-free baking and straw bale building at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
3/11/2009
The National Animal Identification Plan will be easily implemented by large factory farms, but it means trouble for smaller operations. Will the system really keep us safe from disease, or will industrial ag and tracking system manufacturers be the only beneficiaries?
7/20/2011
The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers agreed to work together to pass federal legislation for better treatment for the country’s egg-laying hens. While the slightly larger, furnished cages are an improvement for chickens in industrial egg production, you can support animal welfare and get more nutritious eggs by buying pastured eggs from local farmers or raising chickens yourself.
10/28/2008
Help grow an organic food garden on the White House lawn. Here are some easy ways you can participate.
8/25/2011
Robin Mather of Mother Earth News will present a workshop on local food legislation at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/26/2014
From ancient to modern times and across cultures, healers have used the nourishing and medicinal powers of broth, especially bone broth.
8/26/2014
Fresh pesto is great in the summer, but it's even better in the middle of winter!
8/29/2014
How you harvest and save seeds depends on whether a crop is dry-seeded or wet-seeded. Here are the steps for collecting and cleaning seed from a dry-seeded crop like chervil.
1/1/0001
You can attract a variety of birds to your yard by knowing what to feed wild birds. Find information on feeding birds and learn different birds’ preferences.
9/5/2014
Wasting food in the U.S., making biogas, and using food waste to do it ... (Let's not waste all that wasted food!).
9/9/2014
The zucchini harvest overflows. Learn how to preserve zucchini for year-round enjoyment and creative ways to eat it now.
9/19/2014
Summing up: How much food waste makes how much biogas to power what functions around the farmstead?
9/18/2014
Canning is a great way to preserve your own harvest. When canning acidic foods like fruit or tomatoes or anything using vinegar or sugar, you can likely use only a water bath. There are many chemical free canning jars available today for low tox canning.
9/10/2014
Three essential tools for opportunistic canning.
5/10/2012
There are various means for developing an edible landscape.
8/30/2012
Community food events are an outstanding way to share the abundance of our harvest and strengthen local community ties.
7/13/2011
In the kitchen, we can cultivate our sense of aesthetics and function. Tools can be beautiful. Food can be art. Cooking can be meditation.
6/20/2011
James E. Churchill’s advice for finding and preparing chicory, mint, catnip and blackberries, found in a 1970 issue of Mother Earth News, is timeless—and very timely right now.
3/16/2012
Using newspaper, learn how to craft easy, biodegradable pots to start seeds.
4/24/2013
What’s with glycerin? It’s a soap-making byproduct with antibacterial properties, but it’s often made with animal fat derivatives, which isn’t really our thing. So, we figured out how to make our own veggie version with coconut oil, opening up a whole world of kitchen pantry beauty concoctions.
11/5/2012
Jim and Holly Smith, founders of Today’s Abundant Living, sent us this great review of a Homesteading Education Month open house and country skills workshop they hosted at their Michigan homestead.
2/15/2012
Summing up the past week with a few highlights that help to illustrate how we've been getting along in the ending days of the 2012 winter season.
4/21/2011
Green is Universal and Etsy's The Art of Reuse Contest is a gold mine for DIY home project ideas. My favorite pays homage to Audrey Hepburn's ahead-of-its-time sofa made from an old clawfoot bathtub in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
6/17/2011
This small project could gain you big time savings. Simply screw a few hooks inside a pretty cigar box, give it a knob and hang it near the door. Never search for lost keys again!
4/14/2011
Tearing out wall-to-wall carpet is one of the healthiest things you can do. Dress up the scuffed wood floor underneath using plant-based paint and stencils. You'll never miss the rug.
10/23/2010
What does it take to build truly sustainable houses – the kind people really want and can afford? If you build small and use natural building materials, then most likely you’ll be able to build your own home in a reasonable amount of time for cash.
11/7/2012
Protecting the fig tree for the winter felt like putting it to bed for a long sleep. Chopping wood with the Chopper 1 is a thing of joy and beauty and that's no joke. Do it yourself corn bin helped our neighbor keep the racoons out.
4/8/2011
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols--herbs and eggs--in this simple project that celebrates spring.
10/29/2012
Announcing our new automatic chicken feeder contest and how some lucky person could win a 10 pack diy kit or 3 premade watering units.
7/4/2012
Talking about the back up generator failure along with recent golf cart modifications.
12/13/2010
Simplify the Christmas season with these 12 tips for gifts, gift wrapping and decor—as well as steps you can take to make your celebration light on the planet.
8/1/2012
Sensor Plug update along with a report on Sunflowers being used as a cover crop and when to properly harvest onions.
8/29/2012
Tackling the old wives tale I heard recently down at the hardware store how a penny inserted into the flesh of a tomato plant stalk will help that plant fight off or maybe prevent a blight attack along with data on trying to trap a wild rabbit.
3/18/2011
Get your garden ready for spring by making this sturdy, comfortable outdoor bench from recycled-plastic lumber and an old truck tire inner tube.
2/21/2011
You can get your whole house fresh and shiny clean with just five ingredients: lemons, vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and salt.
7/11/2012
Porch building tips along with deer pressure notes and golf cart pickup bed instructions.Throw in a 5 foot high chicken wire fence and a rare appearance from a normally camera shy cat named Strider and you've got an idea of what we've been up to.
12/5/2012
How to recycle a junked refrigerator into a refrigerator root cellar that works at keeping produce chilled but not frozen during winter months.
9/25/2011
Learn how to make an herbal tincture with The Herb Companion team at the Mother Earth News Fair.
5/5/2011
You could spend a fortune on flowers from faraway for Mom--but why? This sweet bouquet made from fresh-picked flowers and flea market finds is cuter than anything FTD could deliver. This one's great for weddings and graduation parties, too.
6/9/2011
Noxious fumes aren’t conducive to happy cleaning. Give all your homemade cleaning solutions an invigorating and healthy boost by adding a few drops of pure plant essential oils such as lavender or lemon. Heavenly!
6/4/2011
Food preservation expert Sherri Brooks Vinton makes food preservation look easy and shares helpful hints about equipment and technique during a standing-room-only workshop at the Fair.
2/7/2013
Des Moines, Iowa, gardeners may soon find themselves in hot water with their City. A local resident recently took front yard veggie growers to task for what the resident feels to be unsightly lawn growth. Beets and berries, it seems, do not have the same aesthetic appeal as a green, freshly-mowed front lawn.
10/5/2011
Homegrown vegetables are a lesson for kids in where food comes from.
2/1/2011
In Costa Rica, all the elements are in place for a Slow Food revolution. Check out the organic bounty--and enjoy a delicious gourmet take on a traditional native dish.
7/31/2012
A listing of companies that offer green dwellings in the form of modular, prefab, manufactured, compact, or mobile structures. These days, many such options are available that are not only green, but also beautiful, well-made, and often low-cost.
6/6/2012
Crushing a truck, harvesting garlic, and fixing a broken flywheel shaft key are just a few of the things that got done over the last week at WaldenEffect.org complete with photos of all the juicy stuff.
12/19/2010
If you have access to small diameter trees and wood pallets, and live in an area not restricted by building codes, then this truss design is one good low cost roof option. If you do all the work yourself, these trusses are virtually free.
6/24/2011
Pick some pretty leaves, paint them and press their likenesses onto an inexpensive shower curtain liner to make a shower curtain much prettier than anything found in stores.
10/16/2010
The roundwood truss system described here enables DIYers to build their own trusses at very low cost. You can gather truckloads of poles from national forests, enough for several small houses, for the cost of one $25 firewood permit.
5/27/2011
Cut old milk jugs into the shape of your choice, rough them up with sandpaper and string them together to make surprisingly pretty window shades that offer privacy while letting the sun shine in.
11/14/2012
A story of life, death and rebirth of a hoop house.
5/16/2012
Summing up the last week of activity by hitting on a few key stories that might prove note worthy to a few of the homesteading folks out there complete with photo montage of golf cart jousting and aquaponic trout.
5/23/2012
Describing how we are trying to provide a low budget solar panel back up system for under 1000 dollars that will run our laptops and router along with a few other things if the local power grid has any issues.
6/13/2012
Building the Cadillac of worm bins, a new barn door, testing the new garlic curing rack, harvesting big potato onions, mulching blueberries, and fabricating a low budget easy to build automatic chicken coop door opener and closer from easy find parts
12/13/2011
Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.
5/29/2013
Completing tasks in preparation for a few days away from the homestead
6/11/2013
As antibiotic resistant infections become more prevalent due to antibiotic use in livestock, health advocates turn to the White House for action.
5/30/2013
Tired of pests? Here are five tips for knocking ‘em back without resorting to pesticides and toxic chemicals.
11/29/2012
In a war on gardens, the City of Orlando has taken issue with the rows of beans, greens, and other vegetables occupying Jason and Jennifer Helvenston's front yard garden. The Helvenstons respond to the City's request they remove their "illegal" garden.
3/21/2013
This free app puts the growing info you need right at your fingertips: cultivation guides for each major crop, plus how-to for invaluable gardening skills.
7/9/2014
In a post-carbon agriculture, much of the work of growing food will be done through physical labor and one in six of us will need to have our hands in the dirt. How do we foster a new generation of 50 million fit farmers?
12/24/2013
In Kenya, even for middle class families, much of what ends up on the dinner table is grown or raised at home. With food prices rising, more and more Americans are looking towards ways of growing some of what ends up on their table at home. Both in terms of personal health, and the environment, this is a very good trend—it's a food source as local as you can get.
6/12/2014
Don't be fooled by false species. Enjoy real morels and fiddlehead ferns. Tips for identification and lessons learned from misidentifications.
1/2/2013
It's easy to get distracted and forget a few absolutes when it comes to food safety. Take this quiz and see if you know your stuff!
2/15/2011
Food has become both a political and a fashion statement--and foodies could save the environmental movement.
5/23/2012
Cooking is great improvisation and I think that’s what I like most about it. You can say the word, “burger,” to any cook and be surprised by every interpretation that you get.
4/18/2012
When you ask people if they want chemicals in their garden or on their food, most will say no. They want to limit their exposure to the chemicals and pollutants.
2/2/2011
The ground hog may be signalling an early end to winter, but today's a day to stay in with good food, an arsenal of craft projects and a warming bath.
8/14/2012
Edamame soybeans are tough,fast-maturing plants that can withstand extreme garden conditions. They have few problems with disease or insect pests. The green pods are delicious and high in protein, and make a good addition to an edible landscape.