Dr. Jennifer Gardner





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1/23/2012
Fostering can help overcome an unexpected side effect of life in a rescue kennel---obesity.
6/4/2014
Guru Drain keeps hair and debris from clogging drains, saving you time and money.
3/28/2014
Washboard road is often considered a fact of country life. It's uncomfortable, wreaks havoc with your vehicle, and can cause expensive damage. Here's the one simple trick to preventing it almost completely!
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.  
6/29/2010
We all encounter drain clogs from time to time, but damaging chemicals aren’t the answer. Learn about clearing blocked drains by hand.
11/21/2011
Discussion of some of the first log building tools you will need to build a log home — debarking spuds and drawknives.
12/5/2013
Steve shares 11 years of his experience with the newest mainstay power tool in the world, and offers three free chances to win an impact driver.
6/5/2013
Looking for a easy sewing project? Follow this quick tutorial from Design Fixation to make a dress in just 20 minutes.
12/27/2010
From West Africa to the Netherlands, furniture designers find oil drums an abundant, green material.
3/30/2009
Homeowners beware. Your drywall could be poisoning your home. Officials believe that since 2001, drywall imported from China has contained high levels of sulfur that could be leaking into homes and other buildings.
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.
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.
10/30/2009
To protest the ban on hemp farming, six hemp activists symbolically planted hemp seeds on the lawn of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
10/12/2011
Great cider elevates food just as well as great wine does, but the price is usually lower. The sophisticated blends from these cideries are well worth the $10 to $25 you’d shell out.
10/12/2011
Try one of our favorite dessert hard ciders this season.
10/12/2011
Check out these resources to learn more about heirloom apples, as well as the how-to and history of cider-making.  
5/17/2010
Problems with drywall continue as the Environmental Protection Agency finds traces of mercury and formaldehyde in drywall products.
1/18/2013
The challenges of dropping out - going off the grid - and living your authentic life.
7/30/2012
Solar food drying is incredibly easy with a solar food dehydrator, which requires very little effort to make perfectly preserved produce.
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.  
7/20/2010
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 eco wedding dresses.
5/10/2008
Although you need to refrigerate most salad dressings, you don't have to be as careful with a simple oil and vinegar salad dressing if those are the only ingredients. Find out why this is the case and what other ingredients might cause problems.
11/6/2008
Looking for a way to get rid of your ranch dressing? Try our Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza! A new take on an old favorite, this tangy pizza can be made easily at home without the fuss or high cost of delivery.
6/14/2011
While garden hoses may leach some chemicals into the water flowing through them, there’s little reason to think it’s a serious health issue.
2/5/2009
Hanging your clothes up to dry rather than using an electric dryer is a great way to save energy. Here are links to a couple of sturdy wooden indoor drying racks.
5/21/2013
Driving patterns now closely resemble those from 1995, as young drivers are finding alternative forms of transportation.
9/23/2013
You can make a simple bench for the garden or patio by recycling an old headboard.
6/20/2014
You can make your own homemade cough drops with garden-fresh herbs, such as horehound and marshmallow.
1/1/0001
Cut the confusion that accompanies buying a cordless drill with this information on which drill features and capabilities to look for.
9/17/2014
We called in friends to help us with brain-tanning a buffalo hide that was donated to us.
7/10/2013
Looking for the perfect horse for on the farm and in the arena? Well, look no further. The Haflinger has it all — size, strength, gentleness and trainability.
1/20/2013
How we focused on attaining our dream homestead.
11/26/2008
It's time to calculate MAX's aerodynamic drag. Enter champagne science on a beer budget!
2/3/2012
A mother's love is shown for her daughter by patiently crafting dress patterns from frugally saved fabric while the rest of the house is fast asleep.
3/3/2011
Little Beaver’s Hydraulic Earth Drill offers an efficient and dependable solution for multiple digging and drilling projects.
10/12/2011
You don’t need toast to enjoy this apple butter cocktail made with farm-fresh hard cider.
12/16/2013
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
1/15/2014
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
12/1/2008
A crazy idea to make a car battery last forever is quite crazy indeed.
6/3/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel of Dog Island Farm shares how to install drip irrigation in your home garden.
8/7/2011
One of the first steps to building our homestead in Texas was to get water and electricity on the property so we had the basics from which we could build. This blog discusses how we implemented the first phase of our utilities.
2/21/2013
We all have dreams but why is it that some are so lucky that they come true?
4/7/2010
Readers share drink recipes that highlight fresh herbs.
9/12/2011
This is the favorite version of mango lassi served in Indian-American restaurants.
2/28/2014
Western culture has taught us to eat all the wrong things for all the wrong reasons.
1/8/2014
With all the TV shows depicting "survival", I will sort through the various groups and argue that the reality shows are far from reality.
12/23/2013
I’ll let you in on a little secret; there is no PERFECT knife. Cutting tools are only as effective as the handler wielding them.
11/30/2011
With a few simple tips, you can transform the leaves overtaking your yard into valuable, nutrient-dense compost, mulch or leaf mold.
8/6/2010
Kasco is excited to offer these outstanding products to our own line of grain drills and overseeders.
8/10/2010
Herd Seeder is the primary name in the industry, having produced quality seeders and spreaders for more than sixty years. Kasco is excited to offer these outstanding products to our own line of grain drills and overseeders.
6/8/2011
Otto and Jim, two American Belgian draft horses, demonstrate their impressive strength to visitors at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Washington.
5/8/2011
Learning to clear fields can be fun!
9/7/2010
A Colombian concept that reclaims the streets has found a home in dozens of cities across the U.S.
9/25/2012
Create more than 12,000 different healthy salad dressings using this App.
11/20/2013
Summer fun gives way to windy, cold weather and before you know it, you've got winter dry skin – chapped, red and itchy hands. Use this easy-to-make DIY lotion; it’s a remarkable remedy for dry, cracked hands.
8/11/2014
You can grow a year's supply of beans in a surprisingly small amount of space.
4/6/2011
Cam describes the challenges of winter driving and cutting down trees.
2/11/2013
Car tips for prepping and survival for driving in extreme winter weather.
7/1/2008
Share the pain of rising gas prices together and join the discussion about what will finally motivate us to dramatically change our driving habits.
6/24/2008
Here's a rundown of the many reasons behind the recent rise in the price of gas.
7/22/2012
A story of one of our camping trips to Torreya State Park, Florida.
6/27/2012
How to make your OWN insulated window coverings.
1/8/2012
Receiving seed catalogs and dreaming of warmer weather and growing a garden.
7/30/2010
Droll Yankees Inc.(R) announced the addition of a new Nyjer Domed Cage Feeder (THDC-23Y), a hybrid of their popular New Generation Finch Flocker and Sanctuary lines.
7/21/2014
Stephanie Tourles, author and Seven Springs, Pa., FAIR Speaker, shares how to make a delicious, ice-cold watermelon cooler. Refresh after a day in the heat with this super easy and nutritious drink.
4/23/2013
This post outlines the process when an inspector from your state regulatory agency visits your property to view pesticide damage.
8/26/2013
The victim of a spray drift incident often finds him or herself on the defensive.
6/4/2013
The Verdict discusses two possible findings of your spray drift incident after the State Enforcement Agency inspects your property.
5/14/2013
This installment explains what complainants might encounter during the time between the State’s pesticide drift inspection and the results of this inspection.
4/15/2013
Reporting Pesticide Drift outlines the steps you should take to report a pesticide incident to your state enforcement agency.
9/23/2013
The victim of a spray drift incident may not see any actual damage, but plants, trees and possibly people, still are drifted upon.
11/19/2013
The many problems associated with recognizing, treating and reporting pesticide drift exposures.
10/16/2013
What it means to stick up for yourself when you experience pesticide drift.
4/21/2014
Be sure to contact the Environmental Protection Agency and the Poison Control Center, as well as seek medical attention after experiencing pesticide drift.
6/4/2014
How to report application violations of herbicide abuse.
6/11/2013
You can start a productive small farm business rather quickly if you use a business operations approach from the beginning. You may have what it takes if you own some property and are willing to work hard for successful results. Farming is also a practice in which traits like patience and persistence come in handy when everything goes wrong at the same time. These are all parts of the farming business and should be considered valuable lessons learned because they are only attained by experience.
9/24/2008
The EPA continues to fight a six-year battle against White House and Pentagon officials about drinking-water standards.
5/27/2014
Here are some simple steps you can follow when setting up drip irrigation for row crops.
6/17/2014
This blog post tells you how to set up a drip irrigation system in a raised bed garden.
7/3/2012
Cam describes the method he used when planting his sweet potatoes this year with hopes that he'll end up with a prettier finished product!
10/11/2012
Cam enjoyed a very successful sweet potato harvest!
5/7/2013
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
2/13/2011
We discuss the role of ocean currents in preventing a runaway thermal imbalance on our planet. We also discuss the impact on the climate when the ocean currents are shut down or reverse course.
9/26/2008
Everyone's talking about drilling in Alaska, so why learn some numbers to do some talking of your own? Here are some statistics about why drilling in Alaska may not be the saving grace some think it is.
8/1/2008
Amid rising gas prices, some people think offshore drilling in America is the answer, but is it worth it? Also, read an opinion piece by Mark Weisbrot.
10/2/2008
On Sept. 30, the offshore drilling moratorium expired, and the energy battle between the Democrats and Republicans began.
7/12/2013
Learn how to request your “closed” complete pesticide complaint file from the State agency through the Freedom of Information Act.
2/24/2006
Beware. I’m stepping up on the soapbox for a minute.
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.
10/20/2012
Our experience with our local cooperative.
2/29/2012
As spring approaches the lawn surrounding your home will certainly begin to grow. With the New Lithium Powered Cordless Recharge Mower ULTRALITE, from Driven By Solar Inc., achieve beautiful manicured results without nasty fumes.
3/1/2013
Five people and two U.S. honey processors were charged with ‘honey laundering’. Investigators found illegally imported honey from China.
9/26/2010
Check out these photos of some of the animal attendees at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
11/27/2012
The author devises an inexpensive and very effective way to block cold winter winds from blowing into her kitchen via her range vents.
10/31/2008
Happy Halloween! Now pop open a pumpkin beer.
5/16/2012
Summer intern Megan describes her first time gardening at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, planting cucumbers for the first time and watering the office garden.
1/27/2011
These space-saving, smart front loading units perfectly accommodate apartments and small spaces and eliminate the need to wash your clothes, remove them from the washer and place them into a separate machine for drying.
7/9/2012
Preserving herbs from your garden is easy, whether you freeze or dry them.
5/24/2011
Trying to follow directions out in the country can be challenging!
12/14/2012
Using an MPG app may help reduce your consumption of gas, and make your commute and road trips more economical and green.
10/1/2014
Moving to a different climate and gardening zone can be a challenge, especially in the high desert. The best approach is to start small and add plenty of organic material.
3/13/2013
What is Pesticide Drift? “Pesticide drift” is the movement of a pesticide through the air away from the intended target. You might actually see the drift in the form of a mist. You may smell it. But it can be invisible and odorless. The spray may be applied from the back of a tractor — referred to as a “rig.” Or it may be applied from a spray plane or helicopter.
8/24/2011
Cam is getting worn out trying to keep up with watering during a drought.
3/19/2012
DR offers innovative ATV utility trailer with 1 year hands-on trial.
5/10/2013
Household hints from 1909 reveal useful tips for hanging clothes out to dry.
1/6/2014
Fed up with cheap, easily breakable clothespins, craftsman Herrick Kimball is now making Classic American Clothespins and has a vision for inspiring others to make them in their communities.
9/22/2009
How to make chipotles and other smoked peppers using a biochar trench.
1/24/2012
Use a simple hobby kit to cut glass wine bottles and transform them into drinking glasses, candleholders or this stylish candelabra.
2/2/2011
The EPA will regulate perchlorate and other toxic chemicals--but you may want to consider water filters in the meantime.
5/5/2010
In light of the environmental, economic and other damage caused by the Gulf oil spill, has your opinion about increased domestic drilling changed? Yes or no, we want to hear your thoughts on the topic.
5/4/2010
An explosion at a British Petroleum oil rig has caused a massive and growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Lousiana coast. Here is an account of where the spill stands at the moment.
7/9/2010
Hundreds of Gulf Coast oil spill workers have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms related to oil exposure. News reports claim that BP is not allowing workers to wear respirators, despite the potential long-term respiratory and neurological consequences workers could face.
7/8/2009
Try this refreshing herbal lemonade recipe.
2/25/2014
HOMEGROWN blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel outlines strategies for responsible drought gardening in her home state of California--or anywhere.
11/20/2012
If you just happen to need white dinner rolls for a crowd at Thanksgiving, here's the recipe. Also, check out some really cool contests and special offers from King Arthur Flour.
12/8/2011
A couple of weeks ago, the Adventure Cycling blog called attention to the Roanoke Mountain Campground's threatened closure via the Blue Ridge Parkway's Draft Management Plan (DMP).
6/21/2012
The accumulation and storage of hay is an essential summer task.
9/29/2011
DR Power Equipment has threatened to make ordinary hydraulic log splitters obsolete with the brand new DR®RapidFire™ Log Splitter. DR technology has eliminated the big drawbacks of hydraulic log splitters.
9/13/2012
New burn barrel alternative provides safer, smarter home and garden burning for homeowners.
12/7/2011
Building my own electric car seems to have caught the attention of the Media. As though getting on the front page of the County paper for a speeding ticket in my electric car wasn't notorious enough, now I'm getting calls from big-shot reporters!
12/14/2012
A year of many departures leaves a homesteader reeling.
6/4/2013
Tree rings tell the tale. It is nice and green here now but our plants and weeds are acclimated to semi arid and have deep roots.
12/20/2013
Drought has been displaced by winter storms in the headlines, but persistent water shortages are plaguing much of North America, and the past 18 months have seen a global outbreak of water emergencies.
6/4/2014
Building a nutrient rich, low water, drought resistant vegetable growing system.
8/15/2011
Tips for water conservation during a drought.
7/25/2012
The drought conditions at Sunflower Farm are making Cam rather cranky.
7/27/2012
Ranting about the drought worked! We got rain here at Sunflower Farm!
7/30/2012
A map released by National Public Radio shows viewers the extent of the ongoing drought, and how it's changed from January 2011 to now.
7/2/2012
Tips on how to enjoy fireworks safely!
9/29/2011
The summer garden is coming to an end. I think most of us can agree it has been a challenging year for our gardens. It is time to regroup and learn from our experiences.
8/8/2011
Are the grasshoppers devouring the garden that you are working so hard to keep alive? I say fight fire with fire!
8/9/2012
When it's too hot outside, the work moves inside, and is still REALLY HOT.
1/28/2013
Are we headed into another year of drought? Already, we are behind on precipitation for this year, and for the last two years. What strategies can we implement to utilize minimal rain and resources better?
8/2/2011
It's been a rough summer for gardeners and farmers alike. Here's how we've been dealing with drought and a few tips on watering.
4/22/2011
Save money and gas this Earth Day — and every day! — by using these five green driving tips from the Car Care Council.
10/2/2012
Begin your garden planning with what,and particularly how much, you want to eat. Take a look at what you are eating now and go from there.
8/8/2013
The different emotions you may experience as you deal with Pesticide Drift on your property or your person.
2/11/2014
Cultivating and drying herbs for use as medicine throughout the seasons.
8/16/2012
If you've been wondering how to dehrydrate tomatoes, look no further! We've compiled step-by-step instructions on solar dehydrating tomatoes, complete with photos from our own experience drying veggies in the solar dryer at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS office.
6/6/2012
This addition to the product line will fill a need for smaller households or ones that don’t have enough yard space to accommodate a large clothesline.
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.
7/25/2012
Describing how to look up tax maps, cutting carrots, and deleting problem tomato plants that only produce insipid fruit. The main attraction this week is our Power Plucker review and how awesome this new product is at saving time when plucking.
10/11/2010
Although the well that caused the BP oil spill is now dead, the spill’s effects live on. Debate about oil dispersants, such as Corexit, and concerns regarding the settled oil on the ocean floor that came from Deepwater Horizon continue to grow. To understand how the spill impacted and continues to affect the Gulf of Mexico, MOTHER EARTH NEWS spoke with Ronald J. Kendall, director of the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.   
3/23/2011
Change we can believe in? The Obama administration paves the way for more than 300,000 megawatts of coal-fired energy.
11/7/2013
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary explains how they prepare their beehives to survive the long cold winter in upstate New York.
11/13/2013
Sustainably harvested cork creates a beautiful flooring material that’s competitively priced with other kinds of sustainable flooring.
12/3/2013
Becoming a beekeeper takes a lot of planning and preparation. Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will explain some steps you can take now to start getting ready to keep bees in the spring.
3/12/2014
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will discuss some techniques for helping beehives survive through the end of winter.
6/5/2014
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will discuss honeybee swarms, and how to try to prevent your bees from swarming.
3/11/2013
Sometimes even HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel of Dog Island Farm needs a reminder why she puts up with the goat feed, the chicken poop, the cat puke, and the never-ending mud. Here's a hint: It involves good food.
5/21/2014
With the Drought Pod, the organic mass is inside the pod where it never dries out and by planting the tomatoes, or any vegetable directly beside the barrel, the plant roots can tap into the nutrients and moisture as they so choose.
6/17/2014
The Drought Pod experiment assists growing tomatoes in drought.
7/17/2012
the head doesn't always rule the heart, even during drought
8/4/2012
Experiences building a water-saving bath house out of salvaged logs.
8/8/2011
Tips to help wildlife beat the heat with fresh water.
9/12/2011
Tips on how to prepare for emergencies and/or natural disasters.
8/5/2011
Growing raspberries and other vegetables at high elevation and the challenges.
6/23/2011
“Do you sometimes feel like your life is a microfield for everything that’s going on today?” scholar, philosopher and researcher Dr. Jean Houston, one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time and a founder of the Human Potential Movement, asked the crowd gathered this morning for the LOHAS Forum in Boulder, Colorado. That got my attention, especially when she went on to say that humans now face “the most profound task in human history—choosing whether we grow or whether we die.” At this moment, Houston says, many of us are “encapsulated bags of skin carrying around dreary little egos,” caught up in “lives of serial monotony.” Still, she has hope. Humans, she said, have an opportunity to play a role in “the greatest transition the world has ever seen, the most far-reaching and rapid change in our history.” “We are coded with potentials, few of which we ever learn to use,” Houston said. “We can no longer be half-life versions of ourselves, and something huge is beginning to happen as the world’s mind is discovering itself.”  
5/3/2012
A new smaller utility trailer for your all-purpose ATV.
11/18/2008
Support America's artisan cider makers by putting locally made sweet and hard apple cider on the Thanksgiving table this year.
1/23/2012
This is a brief description of how to stack lumber so that it dries evenly after sawing. Also description of a chain saw dovetail bench.
3/8/2011
Herbs are versatile plants that enhance our lives by adding beauty, aroma, nutrition, seasoning, and a varied landscape. Because they can be grown indoors, or outdoors in pots, as part of landscaping or in the garden, everyone has room to grow herbs.
11/13/2012
Grow calcium in your garden with collards, kale, and parsley. Suggestions are given for including these crops in your meals. Learn about companions to plant among your collards and kale to deter harmful insects.
2/10/2011
How using a refractometer can increase your honey production, how a refractometer works and how to use a refractometer.
9/4/2012
Solar drying experiences in 2012, including tomato varieties Principe Borghese and Long Tom.
7/31/2013
One of the most fun parts of beekeeping is harvesting honey. Here we will look at the first part of the honey harvest, removing the honey supers from the hives, and how to store them safely.
9/7/2012
International Homesteading Month is off to a running start! Here are two stories of events that are truly promoting education to foster more self-reliant communities.
8/13/2013
Jennifer Ford shows how she extracts and bottles her "liquid gold" honey at Bees of the Woods Apiary.
9/19/2013
Although winter may seem a long way off, starting to prepare your beehives for winter now will pay off later. Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will describe what they do to get their beehives ready for winter.
10/10/2013
Having guests visit your beeyard takes a lot of planning and preparation. Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary shares her experience having visitors in the beeyard, along with some tricks and tips to make the visit go more smoothly for everyone.
1/3/2014
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary shares some beekeeping crafts and activities to pass the time until you can get back out in the beeyard this spring.
2/4/2014
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will discuss how to enjoy a little taste of summer in the middle of winter by developing a new appreciation for honey!
4/21/2014
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will explain how they perform the first beehive inspections of the year. This will be the first step in what will hopefully be a successful year in the beeyard!
6/19/2014
When it comes to that most essential of all modern appliances, the best way to be eco-friendly is to stick with the tried and true three R's: reduce, reuse or recycle.
8/4/2014
Did you know that you can learn a lot about the condition of your beehives simply by watching the entrance of the hive? Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will explain what to look for, and what it might mean. No smoke or hive tool necessary!
7/25/2012
The 32nd Annual Seed Savers Exchange Conference and Campout featured many hands-on learning activities, tours of the gorgeous Heritage Farm grounds and an insider look into the organization's seed-saving efforts and current projects.
9/9/2014
Jennifer Ford, of Bees of the Woods Apiary, explains how to produce comb honey, and why it is such a valuable product of the hive.
11/24/2014
For the fourth-annual MOTHER EARTH NEWS Homesteaders of the Year contest, we are asking for nominations of homestead hamlets — communities and neighbors working together to enable and practice sustainable living.
1/17/2012
USDA-organic personal care line now styled after Dr. Bronner’s iconic castile soap label.
5/4/2011
Here are three great reasons that hemp cultivation should be legal in the United States: food, health and shelter.
3/2/2011
A bill that would make hemp production legal in California would create jobs and opportunities in the financially strapped state.
10/22/2012
One thing I know for sure is that many in the local farm and food scene are working through the same issue. We are numbers people in search of numbers. We aren’t crazy unscientific loons like our industrial brothers and sisters think we are.
7/9/2012
Drought is hard on us out here in Farm Country. But drought in the midst of boiling hot summer is amongst the worst conditions I can imagine.
1/3/2013
Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. This makes for raised garden beds loaded with organic material, nutrients, air pockets for the roots of what you plant, etc.
10/11/2011
During the exceptional heat & drought in Texas this summer BeeWeaver worked hard to just keep hives alive... no honey, no divides.
9/7/2012
After months of waiting, worrying and hoping, the clouds finally arrived here at Yellabird Farm last week and brought us the long-sought gift of good rain. It was a great two days of slow and soaking moisture that the cracked soil guzzled up...
7/26/2012
Worrying about keeping up with Justin's chores while trying to maintain my 8-5 day job was a losing battle.
8/4/2012
All of us farmers,large and small, are a big part of the engine that drives the economy of rural communities, rural counties and rural states.This year, we are learning a lot about what happens when that engine sputters.
8/10/2012
When the farmer's away, the animals will play (safely, please!!). Preparing your farm for a farmsitter
3/30/2012
Eating only homegrown foods on the Fridays in Lent.
11/15/2011
No one will miss the meat when you serve up fabulous vegetarian versions of Thanksgiving favorites. Try two versions of mushroom stuffing, mushroom gravy or delicious roasted Brussels sprouts this holiday!
8/29/2013
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary explains how to prevent, identify and stop robbing in the beeyard.
12/16/2011
Experiment with this daikon radish cake recipe to enjoy a Chinese New Year treat with a twist.
1/27/2013
Try using the Grow Planner app to streamline your garden planning and your garden work.
4/25/2013
I keep a kit of handy garden supplies waiting in my car, so I can head straight to the garden and take advantage of as many sunlight hours as possible right after work.
3/3/2014
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service held its 25th conference from Feb. 27 though March 1. Here are the main takeaways about where organic farming has come from and where it's headed.
3/4/2014
From cleaning raw beeswax to enjoying the final product, Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will take you step by step through the process of making beeswax candles.
1/1/0001
Our MOTHER EARTH NEWS library app acts as a virtual library for you to download and store all of our digital resources, including our gardening apps, canning how-to guides, digital issues, and more.
2/14/2014
While you may already look for eco-friendly organic wine when you select a bottle, you're probably not aware of the environmental implications of opting for a wine closed with natural cork in lieu of a less sustainable synthetic stopper.
3/28/2012
The history of the Blood Orange and How to make Blood Orange Marmalade.
11/20/2011
17 ideas to lower the cost of holiday gifting, entertainment, decorating and office parties.
9/28/2012
A beginning farmer starts to realize that first impressions of the farm will make all the difference.
2/18/2013
A beginning farmer learns that keeping does and keeping bucks are two different things.
4/11/2012
A beginning farmer realizes that time may be the farm's most important commodity.
6/6/2012
Our MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR last weekend was full of great presentations about all facets sustainable living, including on learning how to garden.
3/29/2012
A beginner beekeeper learns that the best way to raise healthy bees is to do less.
7/2/2012
Support these longtime anti-GMO activists and organic farmers in the construction of a new repair shop for their vintage seed equipment.
6/4/2012
A beginning farmer loses a friend and finds that solitary farming isn't all it's cracked up to be.
9/24/2011
The excitement at the FAIR is contagious, and our amazing volunteers are helping to keep it all running smoothly.
7/5/2012
A beginning farmer enjoys the work she has to do by hand. But would still like a tractor.
1/4/2013
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is seeking nominations of self-sufficient modern homesteaders for our 2013 Homesteaders of the Year awards.
6/11/2012
One workshop at the Puyallup, Wa., MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR was on learning how to make butter, hosted by Organic Valley.
3/9/2012
A new farmer builds a great sheep shelter out of free stuff and learns where not to put it.
9/17/2012
We received another great review of a successful Homesteading Education Month event. Read about a well-received sustainability fair in South Dakota.
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.
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.
3/14/2013
Simply by covering your potatoes with ample mulch, storing potatoes in the ground is not only possible but incredibly easy and successful. Learn how to store potatoes in your garden and enjoy crisp, homegrown spuds through winter and into spring.
8/16/2013
Learn how to celebrate homesteading this September by promoting community self-reliance skills!
8/22/2014
Considering induction cooking as an eco-friendly alternative to cooking with electricity? Can’t begin to contemplate spending $3,000 on a stove? This article will run down how you can integrate the hottest new tech in cooking into your kitchen without winning the lottery.
10/20/2014
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary talks about her experience with developing an allergy to honeybee venom, and how she manages this allergy to be able to continue beekeeping.
10/28/2014
Tanya Fields, named the Eco-Warrior of the Food System, discusses how she came to be an urban farming and food sovereignty activist working to empower women and change the food landscape in the underserved neighborhoods of New York City.
11/5/2014
The MOTHER EARTH NEWS team welcomed visitors from Japan, who have been translating the magazine into Japanese for subscribers.
11/13/2014
Jennifer Ford, of Bees of the Woods Apiary, will share how she uses honey and beeswax from her beehives to make useful and creative gifts.
11/19/2014
Just in time for the holidays, here's a list of recommended garden tools made in the U.S. by family-owned companies.
11/25/2014
It's time for our fourth-annual call for nominations for outstanding modern homesteaders! Organic gardeners, do-it-yourselfers and general self-sufficient gurus are being sought for the opportunity to be named as one of our 2015 Homesteaders of the Year.
12/16/2014
Although cooking is not as big of an energy-drain in the home as other things, there are still ways to do it in an energy-efficient way. This article describes some of the best ways to cook sustainably.
1/7/2013
Ira Wallace explores good winter gardening reads, gives advice on how to use the winter lull wisely to plan and prepare, and shares an update in the ongoing court battle to protect family farmers from agri-giant Monsanto.
6/21/2011
  At the Healthy Homes Conference in Denver today, I heard Home Depot Foundation CEO Fred Wacker say that the nonprofit sector is so far ahead of the profit sector in addressing healthy homes that it’s embarrassing for the profit sector. I heard Ellen Tohn of Tohn Environmental Strategies say that the government will fund energy-efficiency updates in 1 million homes in the next year, making it paramount that energy workers understand healthy home principles. Poorly done house tightening could trap residents inside with contaminants and create hazards. And I was pleased to hear health care pioneer Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, put quality housing in the same arena as diet, exercise and public policy as a key to achieving individual health. “If you don’t have healthy housing, I don’t care how many times you push away from the table or how far you walk, you’re not going to be healthy,” he said.  
4/18/2012
Learn about advertising-induced fear of an innocuous, food-grade substance, vinegar. Plus, get interesting information about vinegar being used for bioremediation of extremely dangerous chemicals.
8/31/2012
More than 15 tips for saving water inside your home and outside in your yard and garden. Reducing your water use will not only lower your water bills and help prevent water shortages during drought periods in your area. It also...
7/19/2012
In an era of increasing volatility of the weather and climate, we need new coping skills. Preparedness is an important factor in dealing with bad weather events.
5/6/2011
Cap off your Hemp History Week celebrations by making hemp soap. Hemp oil contains essential fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids known for their excellent emollient and lubricating properties.
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.
12/20/2011
Black winter storage radishes can be roasted with bright, pink radishes to create a warming vegetable side dish best served atop of bed of crunchy salad greens.
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.
12/26/2013
With more than 40 years of expertise on how to live on less (and love it!), MOTHER EARTH NEWS introduces our Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills app. This app, available for both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, contains advice and how-to on organic gardening, raising backyard chickens, canning and preserving your harvests, and how to save money by applying a DIY mentality to your life.
3/3/2014
The USDA has extended the comment period on agricultural "coexistence," which will determine how much protection organic farmers and seed breeders will have from GM seed contamination, until March 4.
12/26/2013
No matter your level of gardening expertise, our Guide to Organic Gardening app has the advice and how-to you need to dig in and grow a bountiful organic food garden. With articles on composting, beneficial insects, weed control and more, you'll have a wealth of organic gardening know-how at your fingertips after you download this app onto your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet.
5/2/2014
Learn how to grow more food in your organic vegetable garden without enlarging your garden space by using the space-saving gardening techniques outlined in this short video.
9/6/2011
Want to find a new garden plot for next year? Look into community gardens in your area, or start your own!
2/10/2012
Timidity nearly doomed Johnny to a life sentence in the rescue kennel until one determined family saw through his issues to the dog he was meant to be.
9/25/2011
Aside from the great stage presentations, the exhibitor booths have a lot to offer FAIR attendees.
3/21/2012
A beginner farmer learns about taking on the responsibility of raising animals.
2/21/2012
A nine-to-fiver turns a corner and leaves behind a twenty-year career to grow food amongst housing developments and strip malls.
5/4/2012
A beginning farmer makes the most practical fencing choice available to her: electric nets. And gets tangled up, occasionally.
2/28/2012
A beginning urban farmer grows nothing without a smartphone.
10/11/2012
A bike-powered grain mill is a more efficient and incredibly fun way to grind your own whole-grain flours and meals. Check out our video of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS staff using a GrainMaker mill to grind 'Floriani' grain corn into a nutritious cornmeal.
3/19/2012
Watch a video of a traveling sheep shearer at work and tell us about small-scale farming artisans in your region.
10/7/2014
From choosing affordable floods for the bedroom remodel to switching out the oven-hood incandescent, Jennifer details how much it cost to light her house sustainably, as well as forecast her long term savings.
11/18/2014
Join two modern homesteaders as they begin down the road toward building their small home and self-reliant farmstead on their new piece of raw land in northeastern Kansas.
11/22/2014
If you want to own property, you have to find a way to finance buying land. Here, one couple explains how they took out a mortgage to build a home and purchase land.
12/5/2014
Tyler and I spent an afternoon creating a footpath and campsite in our woods. Now we can go camping with friends and enjoy meals (and s’mores) over the campfire whenever we have the time or desire.
11/29/2014
In order to access our land and put in a driveway, we need to secure an entrance permit. If you're planning to buy land and build a home, check what your entrance permit requirements are before you purchase the property.
12/19/2014
If you want to be hands-on with your house building, a kit home can be an affordable, energy-efficient option. One homesteading couple assess whether building a kit home is right for them.
12/26/2013
Always wanted to master the art of the perfect pie crust? With our step-by-step How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust app, you'll have the techniques and recipes you need at your fingertips. The app comes with scrumptious pie filling recipes, too!
12/12/2014
We received some good additional tips on buying land and building a home. These pieces of advice are a roundup of comments taken from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Facebook page.
1/25/2013
Sorting through seed catalogs is one of the most entertaining tasks we have here at MOTHER EARTH NEWS. These garden seed catalogs come in handy when searching for just the right variety of heirloom veggies to grow, and they're fun to look at too!
10/25/2012
The U.S. Department of Energy released a set of pumpkin-carving stencils celebrating Halloween through alternative energy.
10/23/2012
The Obama Administration releases its plans for new renewable energy sources.  Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, explains that the new solar energy zones span six states and keep both domestic energy and environmental preservation in mind. If completed, the power generated from these solar energy zones would provide electricity to roughly seven-million homes.  


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