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4/8/2011
Apartment Therapy's annual Small Cool contest, featuring homes of less than 1,000 square feet, is a gold mine for smart ideas that make tiny spaces elegant, graceful and liveable.
2/5/2013
Looking at the differences between the current homesteading movement in the USA compared to Smallholders in the UK.
6/18/2010
Use naturally cool nighttime air to provide summer comfort. It's a lot easier than you think and it can save you a fortune on cooling costs.
6/23/2010
Ceiling fans help cool people naturally, and use a lot less energy than air conditioners. Use them to save on energy.
6/22/2009
Americans are turning to smaller, affordable housing. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence looks into this trend.
5/20/2014
Smallholder farmers around the world have practiced traditional, subsistence farming for as long as farming has been around. Using manure as a natural fertilizer can make the difference between barely scraping by and growing enough to earn an income.
6/24/2011
This home in the Florida Keys captures prevailing breezes and takes advantage of passive cooling techniques such as open walls and a reflective roof to keep its occupants cool and comfortable without air conditioning.
11/20/2013
Summer fun gives way to windy, cold weather and before you know it, you've got winter dry skin – chapped, red and itchy hands. Use this easy-to-make DIY lotion; it’s a remarkable remedy for dry, cracked hands.
5/19/2011
Take a lesson from Southerners, who know a thing or two about keeping cool naturally. These homes take advantage of old-fashioned and cutting-edge passive cooling techniques to stay temperate even during hot Southern summers.
7/21/2011
Empty nesters Ed and Joan Kobrinski downsized their lifestyle and moved to a smaller home where they could grow more vegetables. "We've learned to enjoy and appreciate living comfortably and contentedly with less," Ed says.
7/21/2011
Ed and Joan Kobrinski left a large family home for a smaller, simpler cottage—and they’ve never looked back. Their tips for downsizing and living in smaller spaces could help make your transition easier.
8/20/2013
Moms, protect your baby’s health with this safe, homemade sunscreen.
6/20/2011
Matt and Kelly Grocoff keep cool in Michigan by taking advantage of their 110-year-old home's natural ventilation strategies. It's as easy as opening a couple of strategically placed windows.
6/10/2010
Clotheslines are the most energy-efficient—but not always the most practical--drying option. Levi Strauss’s Care to Air contest offers $10,000 for innovations that would improve or replace the clothesline.
2/27/2009
Weatherizing your home saves you money. Just a few simple changes can greatly reduce the amount of energy your home requires to stay comfortable. Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence fills you in on how to weatherize your home and collect stimulus money.
8/12/2009
An attic fan may not reduce your air conditioning costs, but a whole-house fan is a different story.
11/7/2013
Once the frost has finished the warm weather crops, the cool weather crops take center stage for a fall and winter harvest. Learn how to make that happen.
7/7/2008
Participate in our reader photo contest by showing off pictures of your permanent raised garden beds.
7/11/2008
Send us your garden tips and you could win a free deluxe, ergonomic garden trowel.
9/21/2011
Your attractive food garden could win you $500 and a chance to be featured in MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
5/9/2011
When a group of graduation students began designing a home on the Navajo reservation in southeast Utah, they knew keeping it cool in the desert would be an issue. Their innovative solution--a Windcatcher--is the first of its kind in the area.
7/23/2012
Share your STIHL story with this new Facebook contest.
10/15/2013
Bee stings are so painful you feel like a burning torch has touched your skin! To get fast relief, here are 8 natural bee sting treatment options you can use at home.
7/7/2010
The American Institute of Architect’s Home Design Trends Survey confirmed what Natural Home predicted in January—Americans are moving to smaller homes.
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.
12/6/2011
Winners of the Fabulous Food Garden Contest have been chosen. See who the lucky prize recipients are!
1/23/2011
2011 Fuel Economy Contests in several locations in the U.S.
12/14/2011
Cole's tips for the best stew meat, and his favorite burger recipe. Plus a chance to win a free Gourmet Butcher DVD!
5/10/2010
Here is your chance to win a brand new broadfork/U-bar digger. Enter to win this piece of equipment that retails at $119, and can help aerate your soil without hurting the beneficial worms and fungi in your garden beds.
10/22/2008
T. Boone Pickens is calling Americans to submit videos about the importance of independence from foreign oil. The contest ends Oct. 25, and the winning video will be sent to national political leaders.
7/8/2011
To satisfy today's home buyer, a developer of million-dollar luxury homes in New York is offering smaller, more affordable houses--more anecdotal evidence that the McMansion is dying.
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.
8/18/2009
For homes in warm climates, white roofs, aka cool roofs, can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 20 percent.
9/20/2011
Cooking breakfast outside on the woodstove.
10/6/2014
Though summer vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, basil and cucumbers grow at a reduced pace in the fall, cool season crops like lettuce, carrots, radishes, peas, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are coming into maturity throughout October and into November.
9/24/2010
How much energy does it take to travel? Can we collect this from the vehicle while we are using it?
2/23/2011
Learn more about the upcoming Vetter Fuel Economy Challenges.
3/21/2011
Builders and designers believe that low-e windows, engineered wood products and eat-in kitchens will be key characteristics of new homes in the future.
7/5/2011
As the economy improves, the trend toward smaller homes is reversing.
2/10/2010
A National Association of Home Builders report and a Better Homes and Gardens survey find that builders and homeowners are moving toward smaller, more energy-efficient homes.
5/6/2014
Spring is the perfect time to give your home cooling equipment a check-up before hot weather arrives.
8/25/2010
MAX is back at the shop, awaiting diagnosis and correction of an overheating problem, plus some additional body work before its next venture.
6/23/2009
Let's dream a little dream of green home improvement, without worries about funding.
6/17/2011
Geothermal heating and cooling systems rely on the earth’s constant underground temperature of 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to provide comfortable indoor climates. The technology works in any size or style home, in nearly any setting on earth.
7/22/2010
Results of the long-awaited cooling system test, which shows how little air MAX needs through the radiator.
8/18/2011
On a summertime cross country trip from Oregon to Ohio, I restricted MAX's radiator inlet air a little at a time, demonstrating that very little inlet area (28 square inches) provides sufficient air for cooling.
11/5/2013
Team Austria wins the Solar Decathlon 2013 for building the most energy-efficient, cost-effective and most attractive solar-powered house.
1/4/2013
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is seeking nominations of self-sufficient modern homesteaders for our 2013 Homesteaders of the Year awards.
2/15/2012
Sawing their own lumber enables home owners to fulfill their dreams.
7/2/2008
Submit your best veggie burger recipes for the Mother Earth News cookbook project, and enter to win a reusable, recyled Mother Earth News grocery tote.
10/10/2012
Do you love showing off your FarmTek products? Think you're using them in a unique and interesting way? FarmTek would love to see!
7/8/2013
A Texas family searches for a suitable crop as supplemental income on four acres. After watermelons and flower fail, they succeed with luffa.
9/23/2010
Homeowners want energy-efficient features and functional rooms that will expand on small homes’ square footage, according to a recent American Institute of Architects report.Homeowners want energy-efficient features and functional rooms that will expand on small homes’ square footage, says an American Institute of Architects report.
10/20/2010
Living luxuriously doesn’t necessarily mean living large — at least not in these homes — and reducing a little waste doesn’t hurt, either.
6/28/2011
Sayra and Dominic live with their 5-year-old daughter in a charming 550-square-foot home in rural Idaho. There are challenges, but they've found that less really is more. "It's like living in a fun clubhouse," Sayra says.
8/21/2014
Consider planting these three categories of vegetable crops during late summer and fall: Warm weather crops that will die with frost. Cool weather crops that grow well in spring and fall, but don’t thrive in your summer. Cold-hardy crops to grow over the winter and get off to a fast start in early spring.
7/21/2014
Stephanie Tourles, author and Seven Springs, Pa., FAIR Speaker, shares how to make a delicious, ice-cold watermelon cooler. Refresh after a day in the heat with this super easy and nutritious drink.
6/20/2013
The fields that were laid out in 1843 for livestock farming are teeming with hay-making grasses.
7/25/2011
Katie and Martin Clemons are resetting their priorities as they settle happily into a 480-square-foot apartment in Berlin. “Living smaller has taught us to live more simply,” Katie says. They bike more, shower less and enjoy their good life.
7/23/2010
I’ve learned that gardening in small spaces can be challenging, but I’ve had great success with a Topsy Turvy tomato planter this year. Have you used similar products in your home? How do you handle gardening in small spaces?
9/17/2008
This unusual water-powered clock from Bedol is powered by salt and water.
7/7/2011
Diana and Tony Varnes are the happiest they’ve ever been, and they attribute their well being to living in a small home. They have more time for reading, talking and enjoying the outdoors—and their relationship is better than ever.
3/20/2009
The Bedol water-and-salt-powered clock runs for six months on a teaspoon of salt.
5/19/2011
Air conditioning accounts for as much as 20 percent of the average homeowner's utility bill. These simple tips can help you reduce your mechanical cooling needs, meaning more money for you and better-quality air for the world.
8/8/2012
Lacto-fermented swiss chard ribs and how to can them right along with foraging for wild mushrooms and a butternut squash update. Discovery Expedition vented fedora hat makes gardening cooler when the sun is blazing down.
6/16/2011
Americans are being asked to turn up the thermostat 3 degrees on June 21. If you find you don't notice the difference, why not keep it up? You will notice the difference in your electric bill.
8/8/2011
Submit your best photos of biking and walking for a chance to win a free, 10-day bike trip to Italy!
4/19/2011
Here's a chance to transform your home into the greenest one on the block and then pay it forward to your neighbors to help paint your whole town "green."
2/22/2012
The contest is in honor of National Wild Bird Feeding Month.
7/20/2011
Karen and Tony Tipsword's rehabbed 720-square-foot cabin allows them the freedom and independence to live their dream of running a campground. "Being happy does not mean a large home filled with things," Karen says.
5/23/2014
How to flush a small engine and repair a clogged carburetor.
12/28/2010
This year readers were concerned about bedbugs and greenwashing, and everyone wants to know more about smaller homes.
12/27/2010
Small house builder Rich Daniels seeks to cluster 100 homes under 400 square feet in a former sawmill.
2/22/2012
Help us find the small U.S. towns and cities that are getting it right for citizens and the environment.
6/27/2011
Follow these simple guidelines to make the most of your small space: contain clutter, find furnishings do double-duty, and make maximum use of color and light.
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.
5/11/2012
A surprising number of amenities found in a small town complete with western hospitality.
5/6/2012
Reasons why we like to shop at our local grocery.
7/25/2011
Katie and Martin Clemons share how they make super-efficient use of every inch in their 36-square-foot kitchen. How much appliance do you really need?
3/19/2012
Watch a video of a traveling sheep shearer at work and tell us about small-scale farming artisans in your region.
5/11/2011
Gary Chang's brilliant solution to making a 330-square-foot apartment work for his family was to create a sliding wall system that can be configured into 24 different rooms. You have to see this one to believe it.
5/8/2012
What we have found as an advantage of having a rural hardware store close by.
1/25/2013
The Classy Coop Giveaway grand prize was given a good home with our contest winner and her backyard chickens. We were happy to see this mobile chicken coop is already being broken in. Bring on the eggs!
4/21/2011
Green is Universal and Etsy's The Art of Reuse Contest is a gold mine for DIY home project ideas. My favorite pays homage to Audrey Hepburn's ahead-of-its-time sofa made from an old clawfoot bathtub in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
10/3/2012
describing the upcoming fun photo contest with the theme being chickens and the fun they either have or give. Figs and more figs are at the heart of the obsession.
10/29/2012
Announcing our new automatic chicken feeder contest and how some lucky person could win a 10 pack diy kit or 3 premade watering units.
9/21/2011
Gene GeRue relates the lessons he learned from a childhood of frugal living.
1/19/2009
Before space beneath your grow light is needed for onions and other early seedlings, fill it with baby lettuce grown in translucent clamshell salad containers.
3/9/2011
A potential solution to rising food prices, food insecurity and the obesity epidemic may call into play raising farms inside the city limits.
2/8/2011
Ranging in size from 528 square feet to 960 square feet, miniHomes are a combination of park model trailer, manufactured home and code-compliant residences that combine modern design with state-of-the-art building technology.
10/2/2011
Some people just do not want help! The frustrations of starting a business and attempting to offer professional help to community organizations.
3/8/2012
Learn three simple tips for making the most of small gardening spaces, including hanging plants and advice for selecting seed varieties.
10/24/2012
One farm is able to combine cost savings, with energy sustainability by using a Savonius rotor.
4/7/2009
Our guest blogger is positively enchanted by the convenience, not to mention the benefits, of keeping worms in the garden.
11/12/2014
Finding time to make improvements on a small dairy is difficult but making a few improvements as the seasons change can often make a micro dairy or any size small farm more efficient. Here are 7 steps to help you prepare your barn for the cold winter months.
7/11/2011
Ryan Mitchell, founder of TheTinyLife.com, is saving up to pay cash for a 130-square-foot home on wheels in North Carolina. He’s seeking perspective, clarity—and a girlfriend who gets it.
7/14/2011
Victoria Gazely considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin on 7 acres of fertile earth--purchased for $150--a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
5/17/2011
The original weeHouse prefabricated kit house is 435 efficiently designed square feet and comes with everything you need to live well. Need more space? You can snap together two or more of the modules to satisfy your needs.
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.
7/29/2011
“For anyone considering downsizing, or considering a small starter home, we say just do it!” Linda Bolton says. “We promise you won’t miss a thing living in a thousand square feet or less. You’ll just have smaller headaches.”
4/8/2011
Landscape designer Alma Hecht turned a tiny house into a welcoming home and studio with cozy outdoor "rooms" that extend her living space.
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.
7/14/2011
Victoria Gazely lives in a 650-square-foot homesteader's cabin built by a man who didn't need closets. She's found five great ways to stash her stuff without renovating--and her solutions work for anyone who needs to hide a few things.
3/13/2013
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
6/6/2013
Using an old-world technique, Russians are growing their own organic crops -- and it's working.
11/9/2012
Watch this short video to hear how bicycle travel can save small town America.
9/20/2013
An experiment in urban gardening produces a melon miracle.
5/2/2014
Learn how to grow more food in your organic vegetable garden without enlarging your garden space by using the space-saving gardening techniques outlined in this short video.
3/18/2014
What to plant in April for your vegetable garden, and what sized pot you need for your vegetable plant.
4/26/2011
Think your balcony's too tiny to provide food and fun? Check out Apartment Therapy's great tips for making the most of your outdoor space.
3/4/2011
Anecdotal evidence from coast to coast indicates that Americans have had enough of granite countertops and whirlpool tubs. They want smaller homes with green finishes instead.
11/19/2012
Help save this small family farm in Michigan, and stand up for our right to live sustainably!
7/1/2008
A wind energy expert discusses the durability of small-scale wind turbines.
12/11/2012
Book reviews by permaculture educator Cindy Conner. Learn about Sustainable Market Farming, The Art of Fermentation, The Permaculture Handbook, and The Small-Scale Poultry Flock.
5/23/2012
Transitioning seedlings from indoor starts to outdoor plants
6/7/2012
Harvesting abundance in the early spring.
5/16/2011
Is your patio short on space? Check out the Hot Pot BBQ, a grill that doubles as an herb planter.
11/6/2011
How the small town atmosphere can enhance your homesteading and living.
11/12/2012
A short description of why we prefer small city living over large city living.
9/15/2012
Preserving an abundant basil harvest for the coming winter.
8/16/2012
Use of a mobile chicken tractors allows us to keep the birds on fresh ground and stay on top of the weeds.
5/27/2011
A proper tea house is a luxury I believe in.
1/3/2012
The author discusses setting up small-scale dairy for local, doorstep milk sales in Great Britain.
5/3/2012
Living in possibly the best place in the USA.
6/10/2011
After working four jobs to make payments on their larger home, Debra and Gary downsized--to 320 square feet. The family lacks for nothing, and guests are always welcome. "I've got everything I need," Debra says. And their $20K house is paid off.
2/10/2011
When he renovated his 816-square-foot condo in Boulder, Colorado, Greg Miller borrowed space-saving and efficiency solutions from his years of living on the road. Check out this video of his van, prepped for adventure.
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."
6/16/2010
A brief announcement of a rare educational opportunity ... a wind turbine installation. We'll be installing a 2.5 kW Skystream wind turbine on a 127-foot tilt-up tower.
10/30/2012
How prepared ahead of time for remote living and what was required.
11/18/2014
Join two modern homesteaders as they begin down the road toward building their small home and self-reliant farmstead on their new piece of raw land in northeastern Kansas.
11/22/2014
If you want to own property, you have to find a way to finance buying land. Here, one couple explains how they took out a mortgage to build a home and purchase land.
6/16/2011
Blume Distillation debuts appropriate-scale biofuel distillation equipment that will allow farmers, entrepreneurs, municipalities and communities to produce their own alcohol fuel from a variety of readily available fuel stock sources.
4/21/2011
Christy Oates's brilliant fold-out furniture takes up virtually no floor space when it's not in use. It's the perfect solution for small homes--and a hopeful sign for the future of design.
8/30/2012
Community food events are an outstanding way to share the abundance of our harvest and strengthen local community ties.
12/8/2011
As winter descends a three-season hoop house is weeded, compost spread, and a straw mulch applied. Next spring will be here soon.
4/18/2011
This tiny kit home--less than 90 square feet--is energy-independent and so well-designed that you'd never miss the space.
2/8/2011
While many indications point to house size shrinking in America, National Public Radio reports that the McMansion is far from dead.
5/18/2011
In her new book, Micro-Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, Mimi Zeiger profiles 36 creative, innovative small dwellings that represent a "new, rich architectural typology." Here are eight great examples to start fueling your fantasies.
7/31/2012
A listing of companies that offer green dwellings in the form of modular, prefab, manufactured, compact, or mobile structures. These days, many such options are available that are not only green, but also beautiful, well-made, and often low-cost.
10/5/2011
Homegrown vegetables are a lesson for kids in where food comes from.
5/31/2011
With no building experiment and only the information they found online as their guide, Kyle and Jeannie built a sweet little home on wheels. In this video, they share what they learned in the process and invite you inside.
10/27/2011
D Acres offers alternative economics. We are the 99&: join us.
5/26/2011
After a tree crushed the back of their shotgun home (while 40 Hurricane Katrina refugees were camped out there), a Baton Rouge couple rebuilt a green, energy-efficient house that encourages connection with their neighborhood's "front porch" culture.
12/19/2010
If you have access to small diameter trees and wood pallets, and live in an area not restricted by building codes, then this truss design is one good low cost roof option. If you do all the work yourself, these trusses are virtually free.
11/6/2010
This article describes an alternative roof design for those building in areas without building codes. A little extra effort working with poles will reward you with a stunningly beautiful wood ceiling and superinsulated roof at very reasonable cost.
11/10/2011
Leaves are a valuable source of mulch and fertility within the permaculture garden.
10/16/2010
The roundwood truss system described here enables DIYers to build their own trusses at very low cost. You can gather truckloads of poles from national forests, enough for several small houses, for the cost of one $25 firewood permit.
10/13/2011
The process of curing potatoes for winter storage.
8/23/2011
With its newest offering, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company gives homebuyers the flexibility of a kit house with the fine craftsmanship they expect from the flagship small home builder.
1/12/2011
New investment in clean energy reached $243 billion last year, driven by soaring activity in China, offshore wind and European rooftop photovoltaics
5/1/2012
There's honey in the hive, peaches on the trees, and food on the table, but it's still a long way from self-sufficiency.


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