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5/19/2011
Earth floors are a durable, versatile and attractive option for new homes and renovations alike.
3/7/2014
Learning to make fromage blanc or chevre takes minutes, but the rewards last a lifetime.
3/1/2012
Cam loves sharing his homesteading skills in Hands-On Workshops at his off-grid home.
12/6/2012
Kitchen dish towels designated only for hand drying help keep germs out of the kitchen, without going on a fanatical sanitizing binge.
2/19/2013
Tips for learning to grow and spin cotton.
2/15/2013
Improve your nighttime cycling safety with these do-it-yourself bicycle turn signals.
2/3/2009
From the Science Channel, watch the Brink TV show's spotlight on MAX and its victory in the Escape from Berkeley race.
9/21/2009
We're excited for the second annual Escape from Berkeley rally. Last year, MAX won the inaugural event from Berkeley to Las Vegas. This year, it's a run for the Mexican border!
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.
2/14/2013
By observing the birds and wildlife we learn valuable lessons to apply to our lives.
9/16/2012
In this posting we discuss the benefits of converting to renewable energy sources vs. the consequences of continuing to use fossil fuels.
10/10/2008
MAX is hitting 60 mpg. That's better than a Prius, and before we get serious about streamlining.
10/10/2008
MAX is encountering robust competition at Escape from Berkeley
10/24/2008
What kind of mpg did MAX get in the race? How did Jack get fuel along the way? How much can you get for a t-shirt and a copy of Mother Earth News? Answers to these exciting questions inside!
10/26/2011
Finding a company from an advertisement in Mother Earth News and how it benefited us. .
12/31/2008
Read dozens of reports of reader's homesteading adventures.
10/14/2008
MAX wins the Escape from Berkeley race!!
1/28/2014
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel shares her New Year's resolution for 2014: buying food directly from farmers.
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.  
9/12/2011
Rancho Margot in Costa Rica is completely off the grid and constantly closing the circle. Nothing is wasted on this self-sufficient ranch, where everything is considered a resource--including methane from the compost ovens.
10/3/2010
Who the heck is Paul Goodman? The car-free visionary who inspired a new documentary and bicycle contest.
8/31/2011
Addition to our family and our homestead. Echo a GSD with a new chance at life in his furever home.
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.
9/6/2011
A Berkeley, California, artist has outfitted a dumpster with all the amenities--including granite countertops and hardwood floors--in his mission to "break down what a house should be."
11/2/2012
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is seeking readers’ stories of home-based businesses, and we’ll pay $50 for each story we use.
10/15/2008
MAX debuts by taking the checkered flag of the 800+ mile, no gasoline consumed, Escape from Berkeley race.
5/6/2011
Patty Bouillon started a Facebook group to connect tornado victims with photos after she found an ultrasound photo among the debris swept in by last month's tornadoes. Her account is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time
6/17/2011
Mother has always known best, and these tips for reusing what would otherwise be garbage are as relevant today as they were in 1970.
6/26/2013
Bake those tart cherries dangling from your backyard tree into sweet and tasty fruit pies. Here's how to make fresh cherry pie without stressing about the perfect pie crust.
7/29/2011
From a home built into a cliff to a home built out from laundry soap boxes, these homes prove how fun and satisfying it is to push the conventional edge. It's your house. Create whatever you want.


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