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6/5/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Managing Editor John Rockhold talks with Jonathan Holloway about the Mitsubishi i, an all-electric car on display at the 2011 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Washington. Mitsubishi is one of the FAIR's main sponsors.
12/2/2011
Medicinal mushrooms can help ward off colds and flus this winter.
1/24/2011
How to install a package of bees
7/8/2011
Bust the myths surrounding poison ivy and decide which DIY remedies are right for you.
4/18/2011
Take an imaginary journey from the High Arctic to California, as we examine food insecurity, waste, hunger, and culture clash.
12/10/2013
After two weeks amongst the poorest in India, how do I come home?
9/1/2010
The Tractors and Power Equipment blog is all about tractors and the equipment powered by them — loaders, graders, mowers, cultivation and logging implements and more.
10/30/2012
Learn how to de-ice slippery surfaces without harming nearby soil and plants.
10/15/2005
So, I just read an article in the Washington Post that said the Internet is now home to some 15 million blogs and that most bloggers consider this medium a form of therapy. And as I’ve been agonizing of late about so many things (my inability to get around to writing blog entries being one of them…), I figured I’d just join the crowd on the cybercouch.
6/3/2011
The new free Food Gardening Guide iPhone/iPad app from MOTHER EARTH NEWS provides detailed information on growing all major garden crops. Tap on a crop, and find out how to plant, when to plant, how to prevent pests and diseases, types and varieties to try, and more. In addition to crop-specific advice, the app also provides thorough details on general gardening categories, including watering, improving soil, crop rotation, garden fencing, cover crops, vertical gardening and much more.
6/19/2009
Clayton Homes’ first green prefab home project, i-house, will feature a plethora of green technologies and innovative designs.
7/5/2005
I couldn’t get online for a whole week. It was disconcerting at first, then heavenly. Four days on Martha’s Vineyard without access to the real world . . .
4/14/2009
February’s stimulus plan offers tax credits for eco-friendly home improvements, which could keep your money in your wallet this tax season.
2/28/2013
Teragren, the nation’s leading manufacturer of fine bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops, today introduced a new product line — Vantage: A New Generation In Bamboo Flooring.
7/16/2012
How our community has planned ahead for wildfire contingencies.
8/14/2009
Everyone gets stuck with a restless night from time to time, and some of us suffer from full-blown insomnia. We want to know, what do you do to make sure you get a good night's sleep? (Plus, check out a few tips from our editors.)
8/18/2008
The Department of Homeland Security continues to build a 670-mile-long wall along the US-Mexico border to keep illegal immigrants, but have they thought about the wildlife that they will destroy along the way?
11/23/2012
A Federal Housing Association (FHA) EEM provides mortgage insurance to the borrower who is looking to purchase or refinance their home, and incorporate the costs of energy efficient improvements into their mortgage.
1/13/2010
For part two in our 2010 Predictions series, Natural Home forecasts warm, vibrant colors and more natural light as the top interior design trends
12/22/2012
Where we find a wealth of information for projects and enjoyable reading.
3/16/2009
A new government-sponsored program calls for India to replace 400 million incandescent bulbs with CFLs by 2012.
11/12/2009
Mother Earth News embraces controversial topics that affect the lives of readers and the health of the planet, as well as practical, every-day topics of sustainable living.
2/4/2009
Believe it or not, the global warming debate still exists. The Inhofe EPW Press Blog now has 650 scientists that speak out against the fact that global warming is real and manmade. But are these sources credible?
6/24/2013
Help fight the itch of poison ivy with Cortizone 10 relief pads.
1/17/2011
Brown marmorated stink bugs have quickly become an invasive insect in the Unites States. Find out how to indentify the stink bugs, control stink bugs in your garden and rid them from your home.
4/4/2012
A brief announcement of the new Permaculture chicken ebook series that starts with chicken egg incubation.
6/6/2013
With the U.S. importing 91 percent of its food, many crucial details of what we're consuming can be hard to trace: how our seafood is caught or produced, health codes across borders, and how the ecosystems are being affected. But does that matter?
3/18/2013
It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there! Learn how to identify 15 common garden pests and bring in 14 beneficial bugs that feed on them, a strategy that will foster a healthy, balanced garden ecology.
8/16/2013
International Homesteading Education Month, presented by MOTHER EARTH NEWS and "Grit" magazines, promotes community self-reliance skills through the month of September. Find out how you can get involved!
5/7/2014
How is it May already? Our list of to do's grows daily as our workable days fly by.
11/9/2009
Geoff Taylor laments the frequency of ladder accidents that happen as a result of neglecting necessary precautions, such as wearing sturdy shoes and always have a spotter.
8/21/2013
Thanks to helping hands, everything gets done.
10/28/2011
Roger Doiron, a MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributor and the found of Kitchen Gardeners International, recently spoke at a TEDx conference about the power of gardening.
3/29/2010
Intern Test
11/1/2011
A recent study by German carpet company suggests that its Cradle-to-Cradle-certified carpet might actually improve indoor air quality.
12/1/2011
Trying to interpret and understand scientific reports and their failure to come to a consensus.
9/26/2008
The Fellowship for Intentional Communities offers resources on group and communal living.
12/30/2009
The ecovillage/commune movememt that started in the 1960s is alive and well in 2009.
9/10/2012
In this posting we discuss how the record infection rate of West Nile virus is related to the record global temperatures of the past decade. We also discuss how these record temperatures have allowed the infections to occur in northern latitudes.
3/11/2011
Cam welcomed a group of high school students to his home/office recently.
11/11/2008
Listen to Periodical Radio's recent interview with Bryan Welch.
2/19/2013
Leafy greens are among the most nutritious foods you can eat, but what if they contain systemic pesticides like imidacloprid? New pesticides that are taken up by plants mean there may be pesticides in food crops like collards and kale, not just on the surface.
8/27/2012
This posting present comments by leading scientific organizations, individual scientists and government leaders pertaining to human induced climate changes. All agree that climate change is anthropogenic and that it has become a serious problem.
4/24/2014
The United Nations named 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, providing an excellent platform to highlight the importance of family farmers in feeding the world and healing the planet at the same time.
5/30/2013
Tired of pests? Here are five tips for knocking ‘em back without resorting to pesticides and toxic chemicals.
7/18/2011
Taking into account production, processing, consumption and disposal, the Environmental Working Group found that if everyone in the U.S. gave up meat or cheese one day a week for a year, it would be equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
6/23/2011
Yellow jackets can pose a threat to honeybees. If yellow jackets have built a nest in your yard, here's a recipe for a natural, non-toxic solution that will get rid of them. Please share your own recommendations too!
7/7/2008
The Department of Homeland Security continues to build a 670-mile-long wall to create a barrier along the US-Mexico border. Although the wall will never completely stop illegal immigrants from coming into the country, it will risk the survival of animals and wildlife in the area.
7/23/2008
The Department of Homeland Security continues to build a 670-mile-long wall along the US-Mexico border, despite petitions from the Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club.
1/22/2013
A selection of Words of the Wise. This index links to 5 different sets of great quotations, for your edification and entertainment. Witty quotations. Eco quotations. Quotations for gardeners and farmers. And more.
4/23/2014
Turkeys are surprisingly tough to raise, coop are remarkably simple to raise and thanksgiving a given.
2/13/2013
How packing snow against your house can add R-value to your insulation - and subtract energy costs.
7/31/2008
Have you thought about adding more insulation to your home to reduce your energy bills? Here are some good places to go for more information.
3/14/2008
Natural Home editor in chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence discusses the pros and cons of green consumerism.  
2/1/2010
Learn how to successfully hatch and raise turkey poults after reading these tips.
7/29/2013
Use an interactive map to compare your home states eco-friendliness, based on factors such as air quality, water quality, gasoline consumption and availability of public transportation.
9/20/2010
We’re looking for the most effective and creative solar-heated waterer for chickens. If you’re creative and love to build useful projects, make a solar poultry waterer and try it out this winter. Then submit your design for our contest. We’ll publish the winning entry in the magazine, and the designer will win a free Brinsea incubator.
9/14/2011
Have a little look at the guts of my humble, cone-shaped abode. Enjoy!
10/20/2010
GazeboCreations.com is an award winning internet retailer that now offers state-of-the-art online design capabilities to consumers with its Gazebo Designer.
4/13/2012
Adult males and post-menopausal women are quite likely to suffer from health problems caused by excessively high levels of iron in the blood. Donating blood is the safest and most useful way to deal with this potential problem.
7/22/2010
iTySE™, the Idaho-based reusable shopping bag line created by Shawna Pierson and Chris Kodama of Fruitland, Idaho, is proud to announce its debut, now available for purchase nationwide.
8/15/2013
Crafting laundry detergent saves time, money and lightens your environmental footprint. Plus it’s simple!
6/21/2011
A cow is born at Sunflower Farm!
9/20/2010
Six rug and carpet companies have joined the GoodWeave certification program, which works to end illegal child labor in the South Asian carpet industry.
2/4/2011
Step inside an iceberg in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
6/17/2013
Here's an alert that could affect your plantings of annuals, especially impatiens.
3/13/2014
The first organic inhaler, The Lung Cleaner, hits markets.
3/14/2014
How does induction cooking work? What are the pros and cons? Efficient electric cooking or hidden health risk?
6/25/2014
Immigrating to Canada can be a daunting process, but the Canadian government provides resources to help.
7/17/2014
A tutorial on making a flower press with supplies that don't require heavy tools or a visit to the hardware store.
2/1/2009
Mother Earth News' green homes editor discusses eco-friendly insulation options, and explains why some are greener than others.
10/23/2009
Killing poison ivy can be tricky — especially if it’s entwined in a tree near your house. But you can kill the plant and remove the vines without using chemicals, and without getting a case of poison ivy yourself.
3/30/2012
Our take on the positive and negative points of insulated concrete forms.
7/14/2008
Who would have ever thought that worms could invade a forest and wreak havoc?
9/26/2008
Everyone's talking about the economic bailout, but few seem to focus on the bigger issue: we need more jobs, and we need a viable economic stimulus. One study shows those needs could come from green investment.
6/28/2011
A rural home in La Porte, Iowa thrives on all the elements of nature including bird feeders, a veggie garden and table scraps.
9/12/2011
This is the favorite version of mango lassi served in Indian-American restaurants.
7/23/2008
Here are some suggestions for removing rust from cast iron.
2/28/2014
Many traditional crafts require substantial training, infrastructure, and investment of money and time. Basketry, however, requires only a few days of training to learn basic techniques, and can use materials that be harvested naturally from almost every biome on Earth. It can be practiced around a modern working schedule, and can beautiful, durable and sustainable tools and furnishings, including animal traps, armor, beehives, boats, cages, chairs, chicken coops, coffins, fences, hand tools, hats, huts, sheds, stables, wagons, walls, and weirs.
5/23/2010
On the brink of settling into her new home, environmental journalist Simran Sethi shares some tidbits of eco-information, such as how to box and save for the move, and how a few simple changes can make your home cozier and more energy-efficient.
11/18/2011
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
2/25/2014
HOMEGROWN blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel outlines strategies for responsible drought gardening in her home state of California--or anywhere.
8/5/2011
Cam has been doing some radio and podcast interviews lately with some interesting hosts.
7/23/2012
Cam has a recurring nightmare in which the land across the road is being developed and his peace and quiet and isolation is threatened.
3/30/2010
This is a test of blogger on IE 8 by Jenn.
4/20/2010
This is a test short description.
8/15/2012
Why is it unrealistic to believe we can agree that clean air and water are important and limited resources? How insane is it to think we could imagine a world of beauty and abundance? That’s what I’m going to aim for.
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.
8/18/2012
Your mind can often trip us up, make things worse than they are, even lead us into disaster. You can control your own mind and change negative messages to positive ones, creating a much more productive,calmer. and fullfilling life.
7/19/2012
Steve shares his time touring a plant that makes the kind of blades homesteaders use every day,
11/14/2008
As modern farms increase production using monoculture crops, the nutritional value of the harvests diminishes, along with the economic stability and self-reliance of the farmers and their local communities.
2/17/2009
Looking for natural ways to ward off that 3 o'clock slump? Real Simple magazine offers nine natural tips for increasing your energy — no pills, caffeine or other stimulants required.
10/11/2010
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.
6/26/2008
After 37 years of publishing, Mother Earth News magazine has amassed a wonderful collection of handmade home articles to inspire and amaze the do-it-yourself home-builder-to-be.
5/20/2011
Finding healthy, gluten-free meals can be a challenge at catered events and restaurants. Share your tips for gluten-free eating out, and find sources in your area!
2/23/2011
New organic milk contains Omega-3, which is not approved as an additive to certified organic milk. The Cornucopia Institute found this illegal synthetic additive in new organic milk in its latest investigation.
4/25/2013
By focusing on environmental change this Earth Day, we can reach our green potential. Green initiatives need to be implemented, both individually and collectively, for us to reduce our environmental impact.
2/22/2011
The Arctic is warming up faster than the overall global temperature. We will discuss the reason for the rapid warming of the Arctic.
4/6/2011
With 67 percent growth in one year, the solar energy industry eclipses even the telecommunications industry, according to a new Solar Energy Industries Association report.
3/20/2012
What we do inside on a blustery day outside.
3/29/2013
Enjoy this footage of an elk having an absolute blast splashing through a puddle.
3/29/2010
Test Intern FF Mac
3/29/2010
Test Intern Mac Safari
12/2/2013
A description of a pioneering workshop featuring no-till, cover crop cocktails and mob grazing. Douglas County Conservation Service educated local farmers in cutting-edge biological farming techniques.
12/24/2013
A homesteader's year is over for this time. Nothing cleans the yard up as a foot of snow, and I think it's here to stay. winter on Deer Isle is great, so great I consider it something we deserve after getting through the summer, both for us as homesteaders and for us as a part of this community.
1/10/2014
Deck: Infused vinegar is easy to prepare and makes a much-appreciated gift.
9/21/2009
Follow this Intructables contributor's step-by-step guide to building a desk with old crates and boxes for drawers.
12/14/2010
A Carnegie Mellon study finds fault with carbon footprint calculations. Thankfully, we have other ways of determining environmental impact.
2/7/2014
4 or 40, growing up isnt always straight up. Branches, bumpy outcroppings and the occasional low hanging fruit serve as speed bumps on the road of life.
5/30/2014
With the fence in (just barely), this rainy Wednesday looks just perfect for planting.
6/15/2011
InSpire Cedar Shake is an innovative, authentic and durable mineral-filled polyolefin roof tile that delivers the genuine beauty and texture of cedar roofing without any costly regular maintenance or issues inherent with wood.
9/13/2012
New burn barrel alternative provides safer, smarter home and garden burning for homeowners.
2/10/2011
This is a summary of our attendance at the IBS show in Jan. Also a re-cap of Jan events and our transistion into the construction phase of the project. We also talk about the decision for the competiton to be moved off the Nationa Mall in DC
5/2/2011
Cam talks about getting mistaken for a garden centre employee and also the time that his house appeared to get sold out from under him!
8/8/2011
It's time to start thinking of winter for your bees. They much have enough food to get through the long months when no food is coming in. It's your job to see that they do.
10/4/2011
Are you able to face any situation that comes your way with the knowledge that you will survive the adversity? Challenge yourself to become an overcomer!
10/26/2011
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about growing up on the frontier for both her and her husband. Her book about Almanzo's childhood recalls some of his favorite foods, including "fried apples 'n' onions".
12/11/2011
Senior sledding down our driveway.
1/21/2012
Our selection of a house, downsizing and getting the home built.
2/3/2012
How we had to adjust to a smaller home, the isolation and quiet.
3/19/2012
Being a father myself I really want my children to enjoy my passion and this is a great example of teaching children how to appreciate what bees get up to. With a little patience this is a fantastic family beekeeping activity enjoyed by all.
6/21/2012
Four new hens joined the flock at Sunflower Farm and it has taken some time to re-establish the pecking order.
9/12/2011
Cole explains the term "dark cutter" as it applies to the effect of stress on meat animals, and eventually, its affect on consumers.
7/15/2008
After a five month struggle, the San Francisco board of supervisors approved a program called GoSolarSF, making solar installations more affordable for its citizens.
4/27/2010
Should we be building more garbage incinerators in the United States? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.
7/15/2011
One small brown bat can eat several thousand insects each night. Install a bat house and invite them to feast in your yard.
7/2/2013
Flashy technologies billed as holding the key to an “age of plenty” cannot ward off future hunger. But strong rural communities working with, not against, nature can create an age of sufficiency.
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.
12/12/2012
A new study has uncovered a link between food and environmental allergies and chemicals found in pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural products and drinking water.     
1/4/2012
Cam's wife Michelle considers the economics of keeping egg laying chickens.
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.
12/14/2011
Fun graphics of great quotations! Quotations by Buckminster Fuller, Mary Oliver, Martin Luther King Jr., and others, available as free graphics that can be shared like e-cards.
5/24/2012
Great Quotations: the 4th installment in a series. This post features 14 fabulous eco-quotations, from thinkers such as Wendell Berry, Rachel Carson, Thoreau, Edison, and others.
2/5/2010
An experiment in a London suburb turns cigarette butts into home insulation.
2/21/2012
You may need special farm liability insurance if you plan to sell eggs, produce or other products from your farm or at the farmers market.
1/13/2014
With more than 1,700 islands that encompass the Florida Keys, they provide refuge to hundreds of bird species, a spectacular diversity of tropical plants and abundant sea life. In other words, it’s the ultimate place for tropical eco-adventure without leaving the continental US. No passport needed.
5/6/2013
ForestEthics exposes Sustainable Forestry Initiative Greenwash, catalyzing growing corporate trend and grassroots consumer movement to avoid SFI.
5/12/2012
Many of us suffer from low self-esteem. Negative self-images plague our lives, robbing us of happiness. Here's an exercise that can help you rid your self of those thoughts that prevent you from seeing who you really 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.
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.
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...
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.
10/8/2010
A new job-finding website, Good Food Jobs, can help you find meaningful work in the food industry.
5/7/2012
In the final chapter of this five-part series, Lyn Fenwick finds the country cemetery that Isaac was burried in and pays her respects to the author of a treasured family heirloom, a 19th century homesteaders journal.
3/28/2012
In part two of this five-part series, Lyn Fenwick shares a homesteader named Isaac's 19th century journal entries on love, including the observation of local beauties and his desire for a woman who enjoys reading.
7/24/2009
An Energy Efficient Mortgage can help you add value to your home by making home energy improvements more affordable.
3/2/2011
Cam has a feeling that this concept of "cloud computing" is all going to end in tears....
4/13/2011
Cam promotes the return to our independent roots.
9/1/2008
Check out this expert advice for keeping an organic garden pest-free.
6/10/2014
It’s that time of year when the flying, buzzing, blood-sucking insects are at their peak annoyance, and, if you want to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll need to apply some sort of bug repellent to your body. Try this non-toxic, herbal remedy that Stephanie Tourles has for you!
3/6/2011
A harrow tractor implement is very helpful in breaking up manure and old hay on pasture ground.
10/25/2011
C. Murray shares his experiences finding work to support his family as a child during the Great Depression.
5/21/2009
Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals, but figuring out which are the worst can be difficult. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence clues you in to the top five chemical ingredients to avoid when buying summer skin care products, and helps you learn about a few natural alternatives. 
6/1/2010
The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force has proposed numerous changes, including coastal and marine spatial planning, to keep a constant eye on our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. Will increased regulations help us avoid future accidents in our most treasured bodies of water? Tell us what you think about the proposed changes.
2/11/2009
The X Prize Foundation recently announced the winner of their "What's Your Crazy Green Idea" competition.
10/9/2013
There is much to be learned when taking care of dual-purpose cows including how to avoid birthing problems and retained placentas, how to manage mastitis and when to do artificial insemination.
9/24/2013
The Bureau of Land Management has approved construction of a California geothermal plant that will generate enough energy for 36,000 homes.
4/2/2014
Learn about Bisphenol A (BPA) and its prevalence in plastic manufacturing, and get tips on how to limit your exposure to BPA, phthalates, and other unsafe chemicals in plastic.
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.
5/5/2011
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.
3/23/2011
Organic Architect's Eric Corey Freed shows designers what green really means during Dining by Design, a charity event featuring tabletop installations in New York.
1/6/2010
Renewable energy expert Dan Chiras shares tips for saving on energy costs by sealing leaks in your home.
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.
6/3/2009
Readers share their favorite garden irrigation methods.
8/27/2008
A good watering system will save you time and money in your garden.
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.
9/11/2013
Set up camp in a parking space, feed the meter, and create a mini-park on PARK(ing) Day this Sept. 20.
12/17/2013
Handy Camel multi-purpose bag clip earns several awards during release year.
10/2/2010
The earthbag/geotextile basement wall system described here has excellent potential to save on initial construction costs and long-term energy costs. No concrete is used. The same principles have been used to build retaining walls for decades.
10/24/2012
Comly Wilson, Associate with CleanEdison, a solar installation training provider, offers her tips to remedy 6 common mistakes solar PV installers make when setting up new photovoltaic systems.
3/7/2013
This will be an ongoing series, which pays homage to Eco-conscious individuals by sharing their stories of hope, inspiration, challenges and insight into making the earth a better place for generations to come.
5/8/2013
Why do certain individuals care about the environment while others do not? Is it an intrinsic moral obligation? Are we born with an innate instinct to want to protect the earth and its natural resources?
6/10/2013
Spotlight on Earth Stewardship pays homage to eco-conscious individuals by sharing their stories of hope, inspiration, challenges and insight into making the earth a better place for generations to come.
3/8/2010
Know of a group that's doing great work to support your community or have a community-building idea of your own? If you live in the Northeast United States, Green Mountain Coffee and Ashoka's Changemakers are holding the "Revelation to Action" contest to find and help fund the most innovative ideas to bolster communities in the Northeast states. 
10/20/2009
If you’re growing food in the house through the cold months, our readers can benefit from your experience. Have you had success at indoor gardening before? What did you grow? Share your tips and tricks!
8/9/2011
Check out our map of Artisan Ice Cream Companies.
2/23/2011
Colorado's once-thriving solar industry has ground to a halt following Xcel Energy's move to slash incentive rebates for homeowners.
9/16/2008
Suddenly it seems like spiders are everywhere, which makes many people uneasy. Fear not! Autumn's awesome arachnids can be fun to watch and easy to capture using no-touch methods.
7/29/2009
Readers report on the types of flowers they grow to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.
3/5/2012
How we milled lumber, made a gate and installed the gate during a break in the weather.
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!
2/11/2013
It wasn't many months ago the seed catalog for this year showed up, but at that point I had just, just, managed to finish off the garden season, slightly traumatized from all the work. To receive a catalog then seemed mostly like an ill-conceived joke, a way to rub it in; don't think you can relax too much.
7/3/2013
Notes on immigrant farm labor and livable wages.
8/27/2008
The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to cancel the use of carbofuran, but FMC Corporation stands in their way.
1/21/2011
Originally from small Prussian villages, th Bruchmillers immigrated to Kansas and started a farm. Now the current owner of the same farmland, the author describes the immigrants' stories in Part Two of a four-part series on tracing farm history.
2/15/2013
A Danish study has found that concentration improves among students who bicycle or walk to school.
8/19/2013
This divine herb has a multitude of properties – it’s a potent skin-cell regenerative, mucolytic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, circulatory stimulant, vulnerary, antioxidant, antifungal, analgesic and deodorizing agent. I use both the essential oil and the infused oil in formulas to relieve sinus and respiratory congestion, muscle tension and soreness, and headaches; to soften and fade scar tissue; to stimulate memory, creativity, confidence and mental energy; and to stimulate circulation to encourage hair growth.
10/29/2009
Earlier this month I visited Greensburg, Kan., and toured a few of its many green buildings. Here's what I found.
12/18/2013
With the increase in small-scale farming activities, people are looking not only at backyard poultry but also into raising backyard livestock. This post is about Mary Jane Phifer’s experience with Irish Dexter cattle, a small-sized dual-purpose.
1/8/2010
Dan Chiras of The Evergreen Institute invites readers to attend a one-day conference on the future of building in Wichita, Kansas.
12/16/2010
Home design apps for smart phones and iPads make visualizing your dream home even easier.
2/26/2013
Well-seasoned cast iron cookware is a joy to cook with.
11/1/2011
Our innovations have made possible a rapid expansion in the quantity of human life on earth. But the same technological foundation is used, with equal facility, to improve and sustain the quality of human life.
11/22/2011
Environmentalists should strive to understand the joy experienced by the race fan, the motorcyclist and the snowmobiler, and we should use that understanding to stimulate the human imagination in ways that benefit the planet.
11/29/2011
Environmentalists are better leaders when we can better love human ingenuity. We will need to form partnerships with the natural world, to ingeniously utilize its resources in ways that preserve its natural productivity.
11/29/2013
A growing number of homeowners are realizing how useful chickens can be in the backyard: They offer pest control, fertilizer, comedy relief, and their business end doles out concentrated protein like a Pez dispenser. Unfortunately, novice chicken-owners can encounter problems when they expect more than chickens can deliver, either in food, companionship or general co-operation.
2/10/2014
Espalier allows a gardener to grow a dwarf fruit tree along a wall or fence, binding it for support, and sculpting the branches to follow certain lines, as Japanese artists do with bonsai trees.
2/18/2013
It's about seven unique way's you can use your iPhone to be more energy efficient.
8/29/2013
Taking the guesswork out of rescuing a piece of rusty cast iron cookware, Sarah provides easy to follow step by step instructions on how to take cast iron from unusable to gleaming.
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.  
6/28/2012
Another set of Great Quotations. These seven quotations have direct relevance to gardeners and farmers, but they offer wisdom that everyone can learn from and enjoy.
6/27/2008
If you’re a visual learner (or just want some quick DIY tips), take a look at this collection of short DIY home improvement videos.
3/4/2011
Looking for a farming internship or apprenticeship? Search the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Center’s online directory of farming internships and apprenticeships to find one that interests you.
2/4/2008
Here's how you can find out what financial incentives are available for purchasing solar panels, or another renewable energy system for your home. Search these resources to find state and local incentives.
3/11/2014
While some visitors to the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area spend much of the time baking in the sun, hitting the clubs or running up credit cards shopping, my family and I discovered that a subtropical ecotravel adventure awaits less than a half hour away in every direction from the big city bustle.
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.
5/11/2012
Alternative transportation magazine, A To B, is chock-full of innovative bicycle tecnology reviews and test drives for everything from folding bikes to E-motorcycles and all the accessories in between.
2/1/2010
The old rules of building suggest that, at a certain point, additional insulation would result in diminished returns — but those rules no longer apply.
11/29/2012
In support of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Nov. 19, 2012, 10 small business-led projects to speed solar energy innovation from the lab to the marketplace.
10/24/2012
Two grasses under consideration for biofuels in the United States are considered invasive species that may do more harm than good.
3/16/2012
Lyn Fenwick discovered a key to her family's past when she uncovered a homesteader named Isaac's dusty journal dating back to 1884. This five-part blog series discovers the treasure of a forgotten life using an old family heirloom as a map.
6/11/2013
Taking a new look at non-native invasives, such as wild yams.
1/1/0001
These natural cold and flu remedies will help you build up your immune system and reduce the duration and discomfort of colds and flu.
1/28/2014
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel shares her New Year's resolution for 2014: buying food directly from farmers.
5/2/2014
"The Farm Then and Now" by Douglas Stevenson tells the story of The Farm: an intentional community that has defied the odds, blending idealism with a practical approach to create a model for sustainable living.
6/20/2014
You can make your own homemade cough drops with garden-fresh herbs, such as horehound and marshmallow.
8/5/2009
The Start A Lie campaign challenges the idea of truth in advertising while targeting the bottled water industry.
1/14/2009
Get organized and improve workshop efficiency with this nifty project.
6/21/2013
Papercrete – concrete made with paper – recycles household trash into a durable material that's perfect for heavy-duty DIY projects.
1/9/2009
Here's a 12-step process to green transportation bliss.
5/24/2013
Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines, Iowa, helps refugees transition from growing food for their families to operating small businesses that sell produce at farmers markets, local grocery stores and to area restaurants.
4/4/2011
Nearly 20 years ago, Robert Laporte began experimenting with building a house using straw and Iowa's excellent clay. In the process, he discovered what makes a home's soul.
6/27/2012
How to make your OWN insulated window coverings.
9/20/2011
Before winter's chill starts to compromise comfort and elevate home energy bills, there are 5 energy-saving upgrades you can complete.
1/1/0001
Tall Goldenrod is a fall favorite of the honeybee. Although it is most likely the bees are foraging on a variety of flowers, it is natural to assume the most prevalent flower at any given time is the strongest influence in the honey.
6/5/2014
Choices are available when it comes to feeding a new package of honeybees. Three of the options are discussed in this post. Choose the one that is right for you.
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.
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.
9/4/2011
It is important to take time to reflect on those things that are important to you on occasion.
3/2/2012
The babies have arrived, now is the time to take care of all of the other parts of caring for the newborns!
11/20/2012
Rewarding volunteer efforts involving German Shepherd Rescue.
1/4/2013
Our true story about Junior a very unique deer.
1/15/2013
Talking about Annie Upshure and the Catholic Workers Movement and how Peace Farms moved into Appalachia.
6/10/2013
Creating your own start-up is full of obstacles, but rewarding. MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader Jessica Vaughan shares advice from her experience as a first-time small business owner who teaches clients how to grow organic produce.
3/10/2011
People living near massive livestock operations may be at risk from the pollution they generate--which is higher in some cases than the nation's most polluted cities.
3/24/2011
Willis Tower in Chicago, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, gets new windows that could generate up to 2 megawatts of solar power.
1/5/2011
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has approved the use of methyl iodide, a pesticide toxic to humans, for application to strawberry fields. Methyl iodide is recognized as a carcinogen that can also cause late term miscarriage and permanent neurological damage. Scientists agree that farmers cannot safely use the pesticide, and a concerned coalition has formed to persuade Governor Brown to put a moratorium on the use of methyl iodide.  
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.
8/20/2013
In “The Root Development of Vegetable Crops” botanist John E. Weaver meticulously illustrates the complex layers of vegetable root growth.
11/2/2011
Cole does a sausage-making workshop.
12/16/2011
You don't have to go to Italy to turn out an authentic Italian Panettone for Christmas. Here's how, so now you don't have to go to a bakery or supermarket to get one.
10/23/2012
Delicious latkes made with potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes are tasty and nutritious.
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!
2/14/2013
FairShare CSA Coalition partners with health insurance groups to offer a rebate for selecting fresh, organic, local produce.
12/20/2010
Being in control of your own home heating.
12/29/2010
Providing the firewood to heat his home has become a pleasurable hobby for Cam Mather.
5/21/2013
Summer skin problems are irritating and embarrassing. Show off your best skin with these inexpensive natural remedies.
7/3/2014
Declare energy independence this Independence Day, 2014
6/14/2012
In this blog, I highlight the earliest decisions I had to make to create a net zero energy home: how I was going to build the foundation and walls. Thermal bridging, air tightness, insulation, cost, and greeness are all key deciders.
1/19/2008
For many homesteaders, taking a job during the winter months to earn extra income is an appealing option. Here are some options to consider if you're looking for off-farm income.
1/31/2012
Cam describes his ongoing inner dialogue concerning his carbon footprint.
5/22/2012
At work, as at home, the queries have helped us add a number of constructive items to our agenda.
3/27/2012
We have our work cut out for us for many years to come. And for that, we’re grateful.
5/21/2012
There are many more ways than ever to earn income without ever leaving the homestead. As energy prices rise, earning the money you need without traveling is key to success. It just might not come from the place you expect.
3/15/2012
Ira Wallace inspires us to create flowering, native plant habitat in our gardens. Learn how to identify plants that are 'user-friendly' to the bugs that help keep our gardens healthy.
11/26/2008
Find the right type of insulation for a Solar Heat Grabber from MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
10/17/2012
An introduction to me, a home-schooled 11 year old.
2/6/2013
Using Pinterest can help inspire new gardening ideas.
2/18/2011
Cam considers the environmental implications of using paper diapers vs. cloth diapers.
11/26/2008
Shopping and lack of shopping is a hot topic right now with the economy, but it's also a question of what your holidays are all about. What would your celebrations be like without (or without so many) presents?
2/25/2011
Two Brooklyn filmmakers found a way to grow fresh food in the city--in the bed of a 1986 Dodge pickup.
7/5/2013
The “Remote Community Renewable Energy Partnership” exceeds Obama’s goal for supporting clean energy development in small native villages.
4/1/2011
From a little-known sugar substitute to a conversation-starting book, this list of items for the green kitchen contains a few surprises.
11/3/2011
Robert Zwald grew up in the 1900s, farming in Minnesota. This is part two of his stories from the past, as compiled by his daughter, Ruth.
5/11/2011
The development of gluten intolerance persuaded me to investigate the possibility of an heirloom wheat flour that might not cause the gluten reaction of wheat-based products.
3/20/2014
Interest in breeding a perennial version of wheat is once again on the rise. That would help reduce soil erosion, maintain soil cover, and cut back on fossil-fuel and chemical inputs.
12/31/2013
That moment you realize contentment looks pretty good on you, but the ducks seem distant.
4/8/2014
Chicks and kids growing right before our eyes this spring.
4/16/2014
Accepting your shortcomings, or short seedlings as it may be.
5/13/2014
My bees shipped early - here we go!
5/20/2014
The post office has called to say your bees have arrived! Now What? Step-by-step instructions on installing your hive.
3/18/2013
Earth warming is causing rapid glacier melt all over the world raising the average sea level at an alarming rate.
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.
3/10/2011
The bad news? Coal-fired power plants are our biggest source of industrial pollution. The good news? Solar grew by 67 percent last year, making it our fastest-growing energy sector.
8/27/2008
Humanity needs a new spiritual vision to cope with its shrinking habitat.
7/6/2011
Green Earth Technologies is a “totally green” clean tech company that combines sustainable, American sourced, bio-based ingredients with proprietary technologies shaped around the four ideologies of being GREEN: biodegradable, renewable, recyclable and environmentally safe.
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.
8/18/2011
Photo of a bear with a pack rat that is about to be lunch. Thanks to a friend for sharing it for us all to see.
1/18/2012
Virginia Grace Abraham shares stories from loved ones about life during the Great Depression and WWII, her stories explore all aspects of the time from hunger and hard work to young marriage and the commonly over-looked woes of the farmer's wife.
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.
2/25/2013
In this excerpt from Fair presenters Hank and Karen Will’s new book, Plowing With Pigs and Other Creative, Low-budget Homesteading Solutions, they’ll show you how to add small grains to your plot.
2/23/2011
Last year saw the biggest jump in CO2 emissions from power plants ever. Texas, Florida and Ohio lead the pack.
2/8/2011
Some consumers are wary of the impending federal phaseout of incandescent light bulbs. Are you?
7/9/2010
In this blog series, I’ll guide you through eight sustainable wedding issues that are both easy and fun to remedy.
1/9/2011
We discuss the concept that carbon dioxide released from the burning of fossil fuels is partly responsible for the current atmospheric carbon overload. We also briefly discuss other human activities that contribute to the atmospheric carbon overload.
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.
10/8/2013
Collegiate teams showcase affordable, energy-efficient houses in global competition.
9/11/2013
Humanity has the power to change and to take the actions needed to foster a healthy planet and a better standard of living for all. Choosing beauty and abundance will ensure a better future not only for humanity, but for the natural environment as well.
3/12/2014
If you've been considering an electric pressure cooker, consider the Instant Pot. It’s well-made, durable and has many functions.
11/19/2012
Scaffolding is required to access the walls to pour the concrete. Scaffolding also helps support the walls.
11/19/2012
Additional reinforcement is required around the garage door opening.
4/20/2009
Home improvement stores offer free DIY classes. What project have you not started yet but dream of doing?
3/27/2013
An interview with Jeremiah Gettle, discussing his thoughts on and solutions to pressing environmental issues facing the world today.
9/26/2011
How to avoid contacting poison ivy and poison oak.
5/21/2014
Get rid of poison ivy plants in your yard by following these instructions. Just don’t forget to protect your skin to avoid the effects of this rash-causing rascal.
6/9/2011
Sweet Iced Tea is a delicious Southern tradition, but store-bought concoctions are often full of high fructose corn syrup and other nasties. This recipe incorporates fresh herbs, which add natural sweetness and help knock down the sugar content.
1/19/2013
This blog describes some of the details involved in building with insulating concrete forms, notably window and door buck details that you need to take into account
1/20/2013
Once the ICFs are in place and the walls are very well reinforced, it is time to pour concrete. This blog illustrates the process in words and photos.
1/20/2013
To ensure an airtight design, be sure to level and finish the top of the concrete wall and use sill seal below your bottom plates.
2/10/2013
The devil is in the details in a net zero energy home. Every single step in the design and construction of a home requires efforts to ensure airtightness. The top of the foundation is one detail that deserves special attention.
10/30/2008
Women are often paying far more for health insurance than men, in some cases by as much as 49 percent more!
12/11/2013
There’s no reason not to “go green” when picking up a game for a young loved one. Despite the abundance of “Made in China” plastic toys and games that line the aisles, some companies have made it their business to create amazingly fun toys and games for children in ways that protect, preserve or restore the planet.
1/20/2014
The rich and diverse marine life of the Florida Keys can be experienced without ever getting wet: in a kayak, on a sailboat or at one of the many animal rescue or rehabilitation centers scattered along the Keys.
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.
3/31/2014
Natural escapes to ecological preserves minutes away by bike in Hollywood, Florida. A vast sawgrass and gator-inhabited wilderness, including the Everglades National Park, found less than an hour’s drive from the Miami skyline. What surprised my family and me the most on our recent ecotourism adventure in the Miami or Fort Lauderdale areas were their accessibility – and beauty.
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.
10/27/2011
The Efel line of woodstoves, crafted in Belgium, is now available exclusively from Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio
9/25/2012
Create more than 12,000 different healthy salad dressings using this App.
4/4/2012
We have some exciting additions to announce about our award-winning Vegetable Garden Planner program and our new Grow Planner iPad app, including new seed company catalogs, a filter tool, a favorites button and an app update.
8/9/2012
As everyone gathers around this campfire this fall, unite this variety of flavors into one savory skillet that will be enjoyed by all.
11/7/2013
With the inventiveness of visionaries like Elon Musk, technological advances can help create a better world, while remaining useful and cool.
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.
4/7/2014
Houses take a lifetime to pay off these days, and even a prosaic shed, barn or coop requires a heavy investment of money, time, skilled labour and imported materials. For thousands of years, though, people around the world used an ancient technique to build homes and other structures quickly, using nothing but local material and simple, easily learned skills.
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.
3/1/2013
Use your extra screwdriver bits to build stubby screwdrivers suitable for small spaces.
7/24/2013
Save the rain for a sunny day with this homemade rainwater collection system. Using recycled water containers and storing up to 275 gallons, this setup is five times bigger than the typical rain barrel.
3/13/2013
Advances in technology, beefier construction, and radical updates for increased automation result in Wood-Mizer’s most productive & high-tech industrial sawmill ever
12/4/2009
We've reported on the fraudulent practices of Horizon Organic and Aurora Dairy before. Now, a federal judge has suspended one of their suppliers, Promiseland LLC., from organic commerce.
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.
8/14/2008
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Egg Board are being sued for using $3 million in public funds to fight a phase-out of inhumane farming practices.
8/15/2013
Simple suggestions on preserving vegetables and herbs
12/2/2013
A small apiary uses a unique system to extract honey from frames.
10/18/2013
A gourmet guide to preserving the last harvest from your garden.
3/11/2014
Starting a new hobby can be intimidating when everything is unfamiliar. Walk through the basics of a beehive structure.
7/2/2014
Locating a queen in a hive full of thousands of bees can be hard. Here are a few tips.
1/5/2012
Wood is our source of heat for the winter, as are sweaters and hats!
11/4/2011
Western civilization is totally dependent upon cheap and abundant energy. Three quarters of the petroleum we burn in our engines is imported. Could it be cut off suddenly? Without cheap and abundant energy, our way of life would collapse. If we value our freedom and independence, we should not be relying on foreign petroleum. We should be making our own energy. 
4/29/2013
Logging industry-funded forest “certification” entity threatens ForestEthics with lawsuit.
3/28/2013
Summer comes on fast in the Southeast. Expert gardeners Ira Wallace and Pam Dawling share some tips to keep ahead of the heat and a recipe for Roselle Dessert Bars to help you appreciate the heat when it comes.
10/31/2011
Worksaver, Inc. introduces new clamp-on snow blades, ideal for compact tractors with non-quick attach buckets.
1/28/2009
The future looks bright as long as the United States can follow its current energy efficiency programs.
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?
2/26/2010
Dan Chiras discusses the differences between power purchase agreements and lease programs, and the benefits of taking advantage of either.
2/17/2014
I am off to Polyface Farm to intern for the summer and I’m so excited! I plan to write every week to explain to you what we are learning, how we spend our days, mistakes we make (that you can learn from) and basically anything that can help readers become better farmers and homesteaders. I’ll include lots of photos too, so make sure to check back!
2/28/2014
How we found our first piglets and the lesson I learned about the importance of hands on training
4/2/2013
Baby greenhouse plants are spring babies too, just like the birth of baby animals. Here’s a way to keep them warm in the hoophouse.
12/12/2013
Sarah is a friend to the farm who taught Ilene Freedman how to make "Farm Chi." Farm Chi is Sarah’s version of kimchi, fermented mixed vegetables from the seasonal farm harvest.
7/21/2014
If you are challenged by growing carrots, you might consider transplanting them and growing some dancing carrots.
3/3/2011
I got first bee removal call of the year yesterday. It’s a bit early, but hey, I won’t complain. The woman said that she thought there were three colonies in her wall.
10/30/2011
How a non writer can with effort contribute in a small way. To read more on our life style go to www.brucecarolcabin.blogspot.com
3/11/2012
What we do on snow days in the mountains when it is snowing hard outside.
4/26/2012
Robert Maxwell discusses why he chose self-directed education over formal college, and how this option might work for others, too.
7/2/2008
Children have gotten lazy, and it's not getting better as technology keeps advancing, making it easier to sit on a couch then go outside. Problems like childhood obesity and ADHD in children keep progressing, but nature can help!
3/17/2011
Instead of corned beef, whip up traditional Irish colcannon--with a healthy twist.
11/15/2011
In more shocking news about the honey on U.S. store shelves, a Food Safety News study analyzes more than 60 jars of honey and finds that nearly all of them have been ultra-filtered to disguise their potentially tainted and toxic origins.
7/14/2008
Children have gotten lazy, and it's not getting better as technology keeps advancing, making it easier to sit on a couch then go outside. Problems like childhood obesity and ADHD in children keep progressing, but nature can help!
6/24/2008
The EPA is now defining a CAFO (formerly confined animal feeding operation) as a Country Animal Feeding Operation.
3/10/2011
Get your St. Patrick's day celebration off to a great start with this wholemeal, authentic, Irish Wholemeal Bread.
3/1/2013
Five people and two U.S. honey processors were charged with ‘honey laundering’. Investigators found illegally imported honey from China.
11/19/2012
Nobody can resist fluffy baby chicks, so what would be better than hatching your own? Let us put your mind at rest and make your first time incubating an enjoyable experience you will want to repeat.
5/31/2011
Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and ethnobotanist James Duke, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts in medicinal plants, places garlic among the best all-around plant medicines in the world. Learn about the host of ailments garlic can alleviate and prevent, and discover some of the added health perks of this flavorful, folklore-infused herb.
7/22/2012
Our minds can play tricks on us, and often do, bending and shaping our perceptions to our own liking. As a result, what we hold to be true about ourselves, others, even the world around us, can be dead wrong.
12/18/2013
We use some old and tried techniques for how to process the meat, like curing and smoking the big cuts so they'll keep without being put in a freezer. We're constantly striving to learn new, mostly old ways of utilizing and preserving more of the pigs for our own consumption, by making headcheese, confit and lard.
1/6/2014
When writing his great work On Architecture, Rome’s greatest solar architect Vitruvius emphasized proper solar orientation for buildings and bath houses.
3/18/2014
Intensive grazing management can answer questions regarding field carrying capacity, how much forage your animals need each day and how to manage what you have. Pizza, anyone?
11/12/2012
Jason Helvingston of Orlando, Fla., fights for his right to grow food in his front yard garden after the City of Orlando cited him for illegal gardening, pitting food self-sufficiency against city ordinance.
11/16/2011
Upgrading wall insulation is tricky. You can't see the insulation that is (or isn't) in your walls, and it's not easy to install new insulation in a hidden wall cavity. One solution that shows promise is filling wall cavities with injections foam.
3/1/2012
Proper insulation pays long term dividends.
7/2/2012
Watering 800 berry plants and 300 peach trees is essential in this oppressive heat!
5/29/2013
The joy and sustainability of a greenhouse made of salvaged everything (well, almost).
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.
8/16/2013
Pigs can be a great source of healthy and humanely-raised meat in an urban setting thriving on the leftovers of humanity.
5/7/2013
Tools and techniques for sustainable living.
9/16/2013
Eight books that have had a transformative effect on our lives.
11/27/2013
Using rabbit hypnosis and a pair of wire cutters we successfully perform dental surgery on one of our does.
11/3/2008
The DOE and NREL released a study outlining ways to build grocery stories and medium-sized businesses that need 50 percent less energy.
2/18/2013
Despite utility opposition, key policy drives rapid expansion of rooftop solar.
6/20/2012
How to make insulated shades at home.
8/18/2010
Renowned inventor Craig Vetter discusses his history with aerodynamics and motorcycles, and his vision for doing more with less energy.
9/15/2011
Cam wonders why more people don't prepare for blackouts.
12/3/2012
How our electronics save us space and provide even more room in a small home.
5/10/2010
The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, which passed the House on May 5, would provide $6 billion in rebates to homeowners who make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes.
2/15/2012
Dealing with insects in your garden is inevitable. It’s just a matter of when it happens. Just because you have some critters munching on your food doesn’t mean that you have to break out the chemicals.
3/24/2014
Fly season is upon us. Here are some helpful and easy hints to control those buzzing beasts at your homestead this year.
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.
7/10/2014
With our chickweed and lavender salve, the bites I typically get that are swollen and painful were nothing more than a minor annoyance. All came from ingredients that we made ourselves.
1/16/2014
A systematic approach to conquering what holds you back, and buttering your fresh warm victory.
1/31/2014
The quiet low of January has broken, the promise of spring and its seedy optimism is evident in the pile of seed catalogs at my bedside.
3/12/2014
Beyond the global, environmental and social impacts of eating local, feeding your organs healthy fuel buys you precious time on earth.
4/8/2014
Cross-state travel, early chicks, a rescue rabbit and pork — all in one week!
11/6/2009
I think testing your home for radon is a good idea, and these dogs agree with me!
5/30/2013
A newly “refurbished home” smells bad. It has been 3 months and the smells are still overwhelming. Some helpful suggestions.
3/13/2013
A short a story about our very first ice fishing and snowmobile ride.
1/25/2010
A University of Georgia study finds that common houseplants can remove toxins and improve indoor air quality.
2/21/2012
Need inspiration for vegetarian meals? Turn to these vegetarian recipe websites for creative ideas.
1/26/2012
A short list of gift ideas for gardeners.
11/26/2013
A Garden Planner subscription is a budget-friendly gift that offers the satisfaction of spending the chillier chunks of the calendar plotting the bounty ahead.
5/1/2012
In part four of this five-part series, Lyn Fenwick shares journal entries from a 19th Century homesteader's journal regarding Sand Hill Plums and the memories and traditions that surround them.
7/27/2011
While photographing homes from California to Maine, I’ve found much wabi-sabi brilliance. My favorite shots of all time capture the magic of simplicity, the beauty found in age and the good instincts that wabi-sabi encourages.
1/23/2013
This video slideshow reveals the sacred magic contained in the Native American corn that sustained many Indian tribes for thousands of years before professional plant breeders turned it into an industrial feedstock.
8/22/2011
Tips on wasps and ways to get rid of nests around your house or property.
8/23/2011
10 more great quotations and aphorisms that are relevant to environmental sustainability. Quotations by Buckminster Fuller, Teddy Roosevelt, Wendell Berry, and others.
2/10/2011
Our ideas, if they are to be effective, should be epidemically contagious.
3/26/2014
A meditation on the benefits and fulfillment found in the physical labor of homesteading chores.
4/7/2014
Taking time to reflect on the past brings renewed appreciation to the present.
5/1/2014
A first-time momma responds with gratefulness when her desires for a natural, vaginal birth take another direction.
7/14/2014
Spending the time to get to your goats is more important than you may think
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.
6/22/2011
A summary of the entire process of installing a 30' x 72' hoophouse from putting up the hoops to pulling the plastic over the entire structure.
11/14/2012
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
11/18/2012
We have slowly replaced out dated fixtures and the Rialto toilet was the final step in getting more environmentally compliant.
5/13/2010
Students from the University of Kansas spent spring break installing solar panels in a low-income neighborhood in Oakland, California.
5/2/2011
Give Mom a gift that offers fair wages and opportunity to people and communities in developing countries. There are now more Fair Trade products available than ever.
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.
11/22/2011
To give your bedroom a boost, consider new paint suited to your personality. AFM Safecoat's Ayurveda Essence line allows you to choose colors based on your dosha, or personality type, within Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal system.
11/19/2012
Many people believe that their values define who they are. Unfortunately, many of our values don't translate into action. To live a fruitful, peaceful, and productive life, meld your values and actions. You'll be happier and content -- whole.
3/21/2012
A strong partnership between Cascades and Office Depot to deliver on customer need for softness and strength while significantly reducing total environmental impact.
4/2/2013
To turn a woodlot into a park with no “litter” on the ground might look tidy, but is not very healthy or functional. Next time you look at a dead tree or a log rotting on the ground; look at it as something full of life.
3/12/2013
Our work in the woods starts long before we get the chainsaw and axe out; by being in the woods, observing and contemplating. We're looking for healthy trees that we can help to thrive and that will be of benefit in the future.
7/7/2011
Steve got curious and shares the results of a gruelling endurance test he completed to compare cordless tool battery performance
5/31/2012
James discusses exactly how to paint a beehive. Sometimes it can be a fiddly job but using an array of stepladders and poles it can be pretty simple
7/26/2011
The Mother Earth News Fair staff and volunteers work on green initiatives to divert Fair waste from landfills, recycling and composting as much as possible.
4/20/2012
Jessica features Dan Phillips, Phoenix Commotion founder and builder of fascinating houses made with reclaimed materials.
9/28/2009
More and more people are looking for jobs in the renewable energy field. If you're interested in this type of career, here's how you can get started.
4/28/2011
Will our nation's positive moves toward saner, simpler living and smaller homes fall victim to an improving economy? No way.
5/3/2011
Adding solar panels can increase a home's resale value by as much as $17,000, a new Lawrence Berkeley Lab report finds.
10/9/2009
When you're looking for a job, there's just no substitute for getting out and meeting the professionals in the industry. 
12/3/2009
Will a degree increase your employment prospects? Absolutely. Here are some programs to look into.
6/16/2014
When HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Pennsylvania mama Michelle Wire discovered a hidden treasure on her property, she found a new appreciation for her home along with it.
12/6/2011
A historic ice house on the LeDuc-Simmons Estate and a local ice harvest at Lake Rebecca demonstrate how ice and other perishables were kept cold in the hot summer months during the 19th century.
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.
10/4/2013
These DIY garden lights reuse plastic bottles and provide soft, natural lighting for evenings spent outdoors.
6/4/2010
Electric car charging infrastructure will be launched in major urban areas nationwide. This is in part due to $15 million in stimulus money being set aside for the charging stations. Now we need to get the remaining $22 million in co-funding.
10/23/2010
Ian Klepetar has been living out of a tent — and building a business empire that benefits bicyclists.
3/11/2011
Transportation rock stars, Janette Sadik-Khan and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, tell National Bike Summit attendees that local advocates are the real headliners in the bicycle movement.
1/10/2013
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently released an updated version of its Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities -- the go-to bicycle infrastructure guide for planners, engineers and contractors.
4/28/2011
On May 4th in Washington DC a giant gluten-free cake will be built to raise awareness of the lack of labeling laws that would assure those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance a safe, reliable definition of gluten-free food labeling.
3/22/2011
Sixty-one percent of Americans say they understand our nation's energy issues, but more than half have never heard the term "smart grid." We have a lot to talk about.
10/17/2011
As the world's demand for electricity continues to climb so will the need for new power plants. We need to decide what will be the fuel of the future for these plants. The choice boils down to conventional versus renewable sources.
2/13/2013
Fixing the swamp bridge and starting some new onion seeds along with a new experiment involving willow rooting hormone tea.
6/29/2011
Salt glaze pottery, primitive colonial furnishings and pewter bring wabi-sabi into your home--while honoring our American traditions.
7/1/2011
This simple, chilled Spanish soup featuring fresh summer herbs--basil, cilantro and parsley--in a cool, tangy tomato base is sure to be a hit at your Fourth of July picnic.
3/27/2012
Want a yummy, cheesy dessert for Easter that is definitely different, not to mention historic? Then try crostata di ricotta.
11/6/2008
We have developed two customized search engines that make it easier to locate companies that offer specific varieties of seeds and plants, as well as organic garden products and tools.
7/29/2013
FamilyFarmed.org Good Food Festival & Conference partner Vicki Nowicki shares her experience living, learning, and teaching on her suburban permaculture homestead.
8/26/2013
The victim of a spray drift incident often finds him or herself on the defensive.
11/15/2013
When honeybees are unable to store enough food for winter, the beekeeper must decide how to support the colony through the winter.
11/1/2013
Beekeepers need a consistent way to document hive inspections including prompts to address all relevant areas while looking at a colony of honeybees.
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.
1/15/2014
Take a look around your property and decide where to put your new beehives. Some considerations for hive placement.
3/24/2014
In remembrance of a dear friend and steward of the Earth, a look at how others inspire us and how their legacy sculpts us.
3/25/2014
Essential oils can be a useful supplement for honeybees. Lemongrass, spearmint and thyme essential oils are being used to encourage brood development and the overall health of bees.
5/30/2014
Permaculture is at the heart of the solution of many environmental crises. Permaculture is alive with the possibilities of positive change.
5/23/2011
The $300 House Project challenges student and professional designers to create housing that shelters the poorest of the poor with safety and dignity. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to see their $300 houses built and reproduced.
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.  
2/29/2012
A list of links to orgs, associations, websites, books, and other resources related to local economies, community resilience, green business, corporate social responsibility, green jobs, environmental and social entrepreneurship, and investment.
8/27/2012
Dog days of summer? Yes, but there is still a lot of the grwoing season left. Protect yourself from the late summer sun with these tried 'n true items ... tested by a gardener who knows more than she'd like to about skin cancer.
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.
10/1/2012
Writer and Canadian farming enthusiast, Joseph Graham sent this review of the event that he and his wife hosted for Homesteading Education Month.  
1/29/2014
Bat guano has been used as an organic fertilizer for many centuries and bats act as an organic alternative to insecticides. Many factors have played a role in the reduction of global bat populations, from inappropriate bat guano mining to the spread of white nose syndrome and today awareness must be raised about what people can do to protect bats and their habitats. By integrating local bat colonies into local food systems and changing misconceptions about bats, bat populations and bat guano will remain steady and available for centuries to come.
1/16/2013
Like Thoreau and the Nearings, we feel more alive and participative in the natural world around us on our 5.5 acre homestead and organic farmstead than Lisa and I ever did walking through a corporate cubicle maze in the city.
10/24/2013
While the Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs Mountain Resort may have been John D. Ivanko's family’s primary destination (as speakers about renewable energy, sustainable living and farmstead cooking), it definitely wasn’t their only reason for eco-touring the region known as the Laurel Highlands.
11/29/2013
John D. Ivanko discovered that those in the hospitality business on Mackinac Island showcase the best of the past, blending it perfectly with modern sensibilities and, by default of it being an island, an ecological awareness to protect and preserve exactly what the millions of visitors come to see and experience every year.
1/6/2014
Clearing away snow has just gotten a charge from Snow Joe, the leading US supplier of over 140 products for snow removal and other seasonal needs. I got my hands on their latest innovation, a cordless snow blower powered by a 40-volt lithium ion battery, and compared it to their top-selling cord-based electric snow thrower.
4/7/2014
Nested amongst the skyscrapers and tucked between white-powdery beaches and either the buzz of South Beach or nature preserves in Hollywood are some eco-minded hotels and restaurants offering patrons a taste of local and sustainable cuisine.
6/10/2013
Springtime happiness can be measured by the sweetness of your strawberry patch.
3/12/2013
I cure my spring fever by planting in a hoop house.
8/26/2013
It takes a few good rationalizations to get through the busiest part of the growing season.
8/8/2013
Making garlic powder is easy, and a good way to preserve a crop of split garlic.
10/23/2013
Curing sweet potatoes so their starches turn to sugars; plus my three favorite recipes.
4/17/2014
Echinacea tincture is easy to make. Getting through the psychological inertia might be the hard part of the process.
6/27/2014
Growing corn early by transplanting may be unconventional, but its a great way to beat the challenges and...eat corn in July!
1/1/0001
Don’t miss these featured documentaries showing on PBS’s Earth Day programming.
10/13/2011
For Bryan Welch, a prototype of Toyota's 2013 Prius Plug-In is a real life example of how gasoline electric hybrids have made major gains in efficiency over other conventional cars.
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.
2/8/2011
Scott Davis’ “Solar Projects, Big and Small” video offers inspiration for both solar energy enthusiasts and folks who are just curious. Tips and advice pertaining to solar energy can be found at the Yahoo! group Simply Solar, and you can make your dream project a reality with Gary Reysa’s instructions.