Matthew North





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4/1/2011
Reacting against the built-for-resale mentality that's destroying our modern homes' liveability, Slow Home Studio offers a path to a more satisfying home.
10/23/2014
Of course solar-powered lights and furniture made out of recycled materials are eco-friendly. But what about these products? You might be surprised by how eco-friendly some consumer goods are.
8/7/2014
Which grows better in Pacific Northwest gardens - kale or collards?
10/28/2008
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opens the debate of whether to remove the Northern Rocky gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. 
10/16/2014
Some of the most amazing natural phenomena to see this autumn. Try to check them out in person if you can!
10/24/2014
Media outlets have been warning parents against drug-laced Halloween candy for decades. But how prevalent is drug-laced Halloween candy, really?
11/5/2014
It can be hard to eat healthily during the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. Here are a few ways you can make your Thanksgiving meal healthier this year.
12/4/2010
Part 1 in a series on Mat and his wife's experiences dealing with toxic mold, its health effects, and what you can do to eliminate or control mold in your home.
10/7/2014
Using leaves as mulch to enhance soil fertility.
11/4/2014
Winter food storage in a naturally cooled space.
6/6/2013
Tornado, facts, myths, and tips to help you make the right decision when facing a possible tornado strike.
10/8/2010
What is true sustainability? In this post, Matthew Stein explores the definition of what it takes to make a world that is truly sustainable.
10/4/2014
It’s absolutely possible to be gardening in winter. You simply need to understand what to plant, when to plant it and how to maintain the best possible growing conditions in your home for indoor agriculture.
11/19/2014
Want to enjoy the warmth of your home this winter without using more energy than is necessary? These tips are for you!
12/28/2010
Backcasting into the future: a powerful tool for developing creative pathways towards a sustainable world and a bright, positive future for Planet Earth!
2/11/2013
Car tips for prepping and survival for driving in extreme winter weather.
2/7/2011
California architect Matthew Hofman gives a 1978 Airstream a good green makeover.
10/30/2012
A 2012 survey by Northeast Group LLC was published in October, claiming 95 percent of U.S. cities that have tried LED streetlights are satisfied with the results, saving nearly 60 percent in costs.
10/25/2013
Not all beehives are created equal. This post examines Langstroth beehives, Top-Bar beehives, and Warre beehives in order to help a new beekeeper determine which system is the best for her bees.
12/16/2013
North Carolinian Master Beekeeper, Tia Douglass, offers an introduction to chemical-free, natural beekeeping, bees and approach to raising pollinators.
4/29/2014
Modifications I’m making and things to consider before building your own top bar hive.
5/19/2014
Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest, with the Great Smoky Mountains to the southwest, Asheville, North Carolina, is the perfect basecamp for an ecotour, cultural trip and culinary adventure. Experiencing the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair held here this past April was just the start for my wife and me.
5/2/2014
With 1/3 of the population of the US under a tornado watch today, these tornado facts, myths, and survival tips could save a lot of lives!
9/1/2010
If your job, finances, family commitments, etc., have thwarted or delayed your dreams of self-reliance, you don’t have to wait until you can afford a 20 acre parcel. You can start working where you are now to build and nurture self-reliant living skills that are sure to provide you with more peace of mind and improved health, and will most likely be of great personal benefit during the coming decades of global challenge and change.
2/5/2012
Nuclear Armageddon due to solar flares or EMP, avoidable for teh cost of a single Stealth bomber
7/30/2013
Over the past year, I have made countless mistakes on my garden. In this post, I share four of my most frustrating gardening mistakes and how to avoid them.
8/6/2013
How my dad defended himself from overly generous gardeners.
8/12/2013
Trying to tend to kids AND a garden.
9/11/2013
Non-gardeners and gardeners are very, very different creatures.
9/17/2013
As fall nears, sunflowers are beginning to die off and it's time to harvest their seeds! In this post I bring you through the steps to harvest and prepare your sunflower seeds for eating!
12/17/2013
A less meddlesome approach to beekeeping.
9/18/2013
Growing garlic is easy if you just know the right time to plant it: in fall, not spring or summer!
3/21/2014
Anticipation of warm weather, bees, flowers, and HONEY!
1/2/2014
What needs doin' in the beeyard?
7/22/2014
Raw honey isn’t just delicious — read on to learn some of the medicinal uses for it.
6/26/2014
Keeping bees with neighbors in the city or the burbs.
6/17/2014
Day 2 in Asheville, North Caroline, is about the eco-high adventures to be had, both in the trees on a zipline and when hiking to the Catawba Waterfalls.
6/19/2014
Introducing a revolutionary new book about the "drinkable landscape" and how you can use organic gardening to produce a huge array of beverages.
10/20/2014
The no-waste way to render beeswax.
11/14/2012
A story of life, death and rebirth of a hoop house.
4/8/2011
The Reincarnated McMansion Project aims to tear down one inefficient, climate-insensitive suburban house and replace it with two small, green, handcrafted homes.
2/10/2011
A doctor, soldier, father and husband died tragically in a bicycle crash. Now, justice is being served as the driver faces a reckless homicide charge.
9/6/2013
I learned an important gardening lesson from fighting tomato blight.
11/21/2013
A brief overview of keeping bees in a top bar hive from setup to overwintering.
9/19/2013
With just about every breed of standard bred, heritage poultry, we have work to do. They are not producing like they once were.
2/7/2014
Colony Collapse Disorder is threatening the future of bee pollination. Here's what we can do about it.
3/1/2014
When and how to feed your honeybees.
3/9/2014
Learn about the benefits of baking with this ancient grain.
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.
1/20/2014
A recipe for a grease patty that doesn't use hydrogenated oils.
5/5/2014
Gardeners don't have to live in a semi-tropical zone to grow organic lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus fruits. Proper technique with potted plants can yield a bounty of delicately flavored, vitamin-rich citrus.
6/30/2014
One woman's vision of a family farm comes to life in her back yard thanks to one friendly goat.
10/19/2012
The North American Solar Stores (NASS) network announces their nationally recognized solar store brand to meet the solar energy demands of today's alternative energy-aware consumers.
9/4/2014
A sepia photo of a North Carolina family in front of their farmhouse reveals food heritage.
9/16/2014
Goldenrod is starting to bloom in the beeyard now that the cooler weather is on its way.
8/26/2013
So, what makes a flock of poultry sustainable? What is standard-bred poultry? If you purchase chicks from a hatchery, are they true to the breed? Why does every hatchery sell Rhode Island Reds and they all look different? Why do the Cornish Cross meat chickens have so many problems? Raising standard poultry is the only true way to improve the sustainability of quality local food while preserving the strength of Heritage poultry.
10/9/2013
The little used herb lovage makes an attractive addition to the edible landscape and provides a smoky flavor to soups and stews.
5/20/2014
Beehive happenings since my last blog post.
5/27/2014
Discover how to grow various members of the onion family: bulb onions and scallions, leeks, garlic, ramps, shallots, and chives. Each one has different requirements and habits, yet all are rewarding for organic gardeners.
4/11/2014
Some examples of passive solar design applied to homes in the southeast, where cooling, as well as heating, is a concern.
2/6/2014
Energy Star for Homes is a worthwhile green building certification with demonstrated market value.
3/11/2011
Chris Larson's Asheville, North Carolina, home--already a superb example of smart, passive solar design--gets even better with the addition of solar hot water collectors.
12/10/2012
In the hollows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this true Christmas celebration was simple, inexpensive and rich with tradition.
9/11/2014
The only recipe you’ll ever need for wonderful homemade broths plus deliciously versatile chicken and veggie soup.
8/7/2014
Asheville has a long history of attracting people searching for a tranquil place for personal retreats and wellness. For Day 3, it’s time to chill, revitalize ourselves and do some rebalancing of our mind, body and spirit on a health and wellness tour.
9/13/2011
Architecture students designed and built an airy, light-filled Chicken Chapel in Vermont that's light on the land and glows like a Japanese lantern at night.
10/11/2010
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.


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