Spiders are beneficial arachnids, meaning they have eight legs. They can be found in or near a home. Relocating spiders to a more appropriate place is a much wiser idea than killing them when they're in our way.
Take your next camping or hiking trip to a new level by growing microgreens while you are enjoying the great outdoors. Microgreens are a power-packed specialty food increasing in popularity across the globe.
Sewage and industrial sludge is being managed as a liability. Current outdated regulations and technologies focus on the least-expensive means of the sludge disposal. Sludge management needs to be redirected toward the recovery of energy and chemicals embedded in the sludge and guided by the principals based on the current scientific findings and technology. Environmental and demographic considerations need to play an important role in this new approach geared toward sustainable and energy-efficient waste management practices.
Working as an arborist in Colorado, Ryan Baldwin saw an opportunity to salvage city trees destined for the dump into usable lumber for woodworking projects.
We no longer used our 6-foot-by-10-foot dog kennel, and it looked like a sturdy frame for a greenhouse.
Composting is beneficial for the earth in many ways: amending soil for gardening and diverting trash from landfills. But many people don't ever get started due to fears and misguided notions of composting. Learn your composting basics here.
What needs to happen is a change in attitudes. Such a change is not coming soon enough to your favorite grocery store. If more of us buy imperfect-looking produce, grocery stores will be able to change our dependence on harsh chemicals used to grow perfect-looking fruits and veggies. It’s up to all of us to support the imperfect produce movement and bring back taste, nutrition and a healthier planet. How will you vote?
Garden fertilizer comes in all shapes, sizes, and formulas. Books and magazines maintain you can make your own by mixing this and that, and you’re flowers and veggies will amaze you. You can, however, follow our simple, sardine-based recipe for homemade garden fertilizer and not have to spend any extra money.
Hats are useful to keep damaging UV rays away from sensitive head and neck areas. They protect kids from the sun and wind as they play. But what if your favorite hat is just too small? Here is useful hack for stretching a hat using an inflatable ball.
This is my favorite homemade hot sauce recipe. It includes several variations to make use of ingredients you may have on hand.
Have you ever made a truly superb batch of jam – and then forgotten which recipe you used? Just like a personal journal can help you keep track of your life events, a canning journal is a valuable resource for those of us who can and preserve fresh food.
It’s a common misconception in the home gardening arena that asparagus is a crop that should never be started from seed. I am not sure when this became the standard dogma, but it is far from the actual truth. Asparagus is a crop that thrives when started from seed and those plants that are derived from home-grown stock tend to be larger and more robust than store-bought crowns. Growing asparagus from seed is a rewarding experience that is easier than you think.
Stromboli, like its cousin the calzone, is a flexible way to combine favorite toppings and bread. Leaving out the meat and adding veggies makes this Stromboli lunchbox-friendly.
Go beyond just cooking with produce scraps — preserve them for later.
Wondering how to test your soil? Get the scoop on proper garden soil testing, evaluating soil pH, and home soil testing kits before you plant this season.
Recycling in the home shouldn't be confined to the kitchen. The bathroom can be a haven for recyclable items too. This post shares some ideas on setting up a recycling system for the household bathroom.
Gingerbread isn’t just for dessert. It’s also a great way to start off the day – after all, molasses is full of healthy iron, calcium, and B vitamins – and makes a filling after-school snack.
It's often much cheaper to buy a large bag of potatoes than to just pick up a few or buy a smaller bag. So when I see that large bag go on sale I grab them! But how to get good use of all those potatoes in that mammoth bag? I dehydrate them!
Echinacea is known for its medicinal properties and as a nectar source for beneficial insects. Here’s some instruction on how to start Echinacea from seed and increase germination success through cold stratification.
If you’re questioning, from a food safety standpoint, whether the meat you have is safe to eat or truly rotten meat, you need to understand the proper cooking temperatures for meat and how they work to eliminate most meat spoilage bacteria.
Sprouting grains or seeds in the winter for chicken or poultry feed is popular, but it may not provide any boost to poultry nutrition over feeding dry grains.
If you want to treat your rheumatoid arthritis naturally, you’ll want to focus on physical activity, mindfulness, and effective supplements.
Dark winter days seem to call out for bread, and while straight dough breads are lovely, nothing can compare to a tangy sourdough loaf.
Planting for abundance without over-producing can be tricky. Here’s a brief overview on how to estimate yields and planting area for crops in your home vegetable garden based off of the unique needs of your household.
"...it was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."
You're recycling as much as you can, but have you ever wished to lower what goes into your recycling bin while reducing that landfill-bound trash, too? Here are 6 simple ways to live a more zero-waste life.
One of the more effective ways to relieve dry skin and prevent chapping is to use moisturizing creams with an important ingredient: urea.
Five foods have been used throughout history to sustain people during winter months, for long-distance travel, or in times of famine: coconuts, flatbread, pemmican, butter tea, and dried plums. Find out how to prepare and store these foods for your emergency or travel needs.
Antibiotics are prescribed left and right for various conditions. But are they always necessary? Learn about some of the health risks associated with frequent antibiotic use in children.
Many people assume that a shower head doesn’t need to be cleaned. However, it's not uncommon for lime scale and mineral deposits from the water to clog your shower head and reduce the flow of water. Cleaning the shower head is important but it must be done correctly and in an eco-friendly way.
Stay green beyond the grave by planning a natural burial, or choosing a biodegradable coffin or urn.
If you need a treat and are choosing between refined sugar and honey, honey definitely has its benefits.
Tai chi is proven to help numerous conditions and benefit your general health.
This spicy green kimchi recipe uses bok choy and other vegetables flavored with zesty red chile. Use this kimchi as a condiment or in favorite dishes such as fried rice, grilled cheese, or even a Bloody Mary.
Winter weather presents challenges for anyone raising poultry in northern climates. Here are a few tips for getting your turkeys through the winter.
Don't fall into the "greenwashing" trap when buying a new home. Gain tips on how to avoid it and insight into how one website is trying to safeguard against the real estate practice.
Homemade cranberry-orange relish adds a bright, tart flavor to the Thanksgiving table.
Is arthritis pain getting you down? If you are one of the millions of people who experience arthritis pain daily, then its time to find relief. Fortunately. There is a whole host of natural options for managing your pain. One such option is yoga.
The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts for our area “Winter will be cooler and rainier than normal, with above-normal snowfall." To quote a popular television show “Winter is coming." Prepare for winter with this checklist and weatherization ideas.
Cranberry sauce (or cranberry relish) is very easy make and preserve by freezing or canning. Use it through the holidays and beyond; it makes a great yogurt topping or spread for toast, as well as an accompaniment for Thanksgiving turkey dinners and the day-after sandwiches.
These homemade syrups and natural sweeteners offer a DIY way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Take notice of your environmental footprint over the festive period and follow our guide for a greener Christmas.
Aloe may be best known for its use as a natural treatment for sunburns, but the benefits of aloe extend far beyond helping your skin heal. Learn how aloe can help keep your heart, teeth, digestive tract, and more healthy.
To get the most from a crop of apples, pears, or quince, make applesauce using all apples, or a combination of these pome fruits. Then preserve your applesauce by freezing, canning, or making fruit leather for delicious homemade snacks.
The world's population is growing but we're wasting much of the food that's being produced. There are protections in place for those donating edible food, and there are many things you can do in your own home to reduce food waste.
With minor, common injuries, you’ll likely be able to care for the wound yourself. These simple guidelines will help you to be better prepared next time you or someone around you gets a cut.
Learn the correct method for safely making home canned pumpkin and winter squash. A few jars of ready-to-use canned pumpkin on your pantry shelf can save time when you want to bake a pumpkin pie, simmer a squash soup, or make any other favorite recipe calling for pumpkin puree.
Pumpkin bread doesn’t have to be sweet. Here moist pumpkin and chopped pecans combine to make a satisfying and unusual yeast bread.
These beautiful root vegetables make for nutritious additions to any meal. The many health benefits of beets include lowering blood pressure and boosting your physical performance when you exercise.
But it doesn’t have the cloying sweetness of sugar-added syrups, plus the pears give the syrup an earthy flavor base. Combine autumn’s apples and pears to make a versatile natural sweetener, with no sugar added. Find out what apple-pear syrup tastes like, where to find it and how to make your own at home.
Changing your motor oil is important to the health of your car. But recycling that used oil in the proper way is crucial to keeping the earth clean. Here are the easy and proper ways to recycle motor oil.
The choice to breastfeed or formula feed is a highly personal one, and new mothers will need to take many factors into consideration when making the decision. Experts suggest that new mothers breastfeed exclusively for at least the first six months, if possible. Besides providing you and your baby with time to bond, studies show that breastfeeding can protect your child from a variety of illnesses and conditions.
Last year my zucchini patch threatened to take over the neighborhood. I made lots of bread, but concentrated on using zucchini in non-traditional yeast breads. Turn too much zucchini plus tangy citrus into a delectable quick bread.
The residents of Leavenworth, Wash., decided that they wanted to showcase how their community is working to create a more sustainable future, so they created the second annual Sustainable Living and Farm Tour. We invite you to join us this coming September 12-13th, 2015.
By composting meat, vegetables, paper and all organic material in your trash, you can reduce waste by more than 50 percent!
If you want to be sure to clear the infection and get rid of your symptoms, try these natural UTI treatment options that will support your body.
Are you bothered by the food industry, landfills, or consumer culture and interested in free, quality eats? If yes, then look no further than your local trash receptacles. Unless a dumpster is located against a building or enclosed by a fence with “No Trespassing” signs, they are veritable treasure troves ripe for plundering.
Don’t get caught off guard by cold and flu season this year. Prepare an easy elderberry elixir for a natural alternative for flu prevention and recovery.
After writing weekly blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS and reaching my goal, my writing will switch to a monthly blog.
Pickling Brussels sprouts is an easy, cost-effective canning project. If you like pickled asparagus or pickled green beans, you’re sure to love pickled Brussels sprouts.
Food preservation methods for green beans include freezing, drying, pressure canning, pickling, and dry salting. Shell beans may be enjoyed fresh, if harvested when immature. Immature shelling beans are best preserved by freezing. Fully matured beans are usually dried, and may also be pressure canned. This article contains instructions for preparing and preserving green beans and shelling beans by using all of these food preservation methods.
How my practices of meditation, praying and walking centers my soul, days and my life.
Don’t let a toenail infection get the best of you; try these easy and effective home remedies for toenail fungus that will help you get your nails back to normal.
Making fermented fruit vinegars at home is a simple, fun, and delicious project.
Why studying a map before traveling is a good idea.
What do chicks need in order to be raised humanely? Food, sunshine, access to the outdoors and a mother perhaps?
How friendships enrich our lives.
Saffron contains more than 150 compounds, many of which have medicinal properties like carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin, and more).
The food disposal app, Spoiler Alert, is providing an easy, efficient way for businesses to donate or sell their surplus inventory while also reducing landfill buildup.
On-farm enterprises often take root when a gardener produces more than they can personally use. Here is a brief guide to working with restaurants and creating a Farm-to-Table culture within your community.
The gifts we are able to share in a long and respectful relationship.
You do not have to have “land” to farm. You can farm where ever you are. A 10th of an acre is enough and, on some days, more than you would want to can handle. Make the best use of your space, care for your soil, be thrifty with water and enjoy the garden and the fruits of your labor.
The 2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence will be held in a suburban neighborhood for the first time. Also for the first time, outreach to the general public is a core part of this convergence with site tours and educational Expo, free and open to the public.
Combine your favorite summer berries to make this sweet-tart long-cooking jam.
If a chicken never sees the sun, never gets to hunt for food in thick grass, never gets to take a dirt bath with her friends, never gets to flirt with a rooster, can she lay an egg? She’ll lay something, but can you call it an egg?
Are we saving the Earth at this point or our own species?
Gardening is a biological process, not a chemical one. For a healthy, productive garden, help your plants cultivate the biology in the soil that will feed them.
As our climate changes, more and more people will find themselves living in fire country. Forest thinning is one of the first and most important jobs in preparing your homestead for fire season. Added benefits include timber for milling, increased bio-diversity and an endless supply of firewood.
How we look at the world stems from our context how we were raised and many other variables.
There are many delicious ways to preserve corn. Canning and freezing are popular methods. However, pickling, drying, and salting are other good food preservation methods to consider for this summer vegetable.
Some experts recommend replacing pillows every two years. That would have cost me more than $1,000 over the past 10 years! Don't throw out old pillows in order to opt for expensive new ones. Instead, this post will teach you how to effectively hand-wash old pillows to remove stains and kill bacteria.
Why I think live debates are important way to educate voters in our country.
You use a reusable bag to bring home your food, a sponge to clean your dishes after you cook, and a kitchen towel to dry those dishes off. But did you know that each of these items can be an unseen source of germs and bacteria?
Savory or sweet, find refreshment this summer with mint recipes like Mint Jelly and Sweet Mint Tea.
How I helped a woman friend of mine to sort and find places for her life-long collections.
We all know that summer can be a hectic season on a farmstead. Here’s some simple advice on remaining mentally strong and physically fit during the busiest time of the year.
How to pick a good CSA that's right for you.
Infusing a large amount of dried stinging nettle leaves in water for a long period of time is one of the easiest and most traditional ways to obtain nettle tea benefits.
Make your 4th-of-July cook-out extra special with this spicy, sweet relish.
Imagine being able to turn dead tree branches from your own property into motor fuel. Make power just about anywhere, at any time...for free. Sounds futuristic, right? Fuel your back-up electrical generator with wood gas and save a trip to town. Learn build tricks from a pro for a reliable system on a DIY budget.
It may be too hot to bake, but it’s not too hot to enjoy sourdough bread. The answer – grilled sourdough flatbread.
I find hope when I meet people like Pat Holm and learn about organizations like Democracy Collaborative.
How I slowed down my internal clock on a train trip from Seattle to Portland.
Most people think they should ditch their coffee habit or at least cut back on it significantly. So is coffee healthy or not?
If you have ever thought of starting up a farmers market in your community, this article offers some advice on a few things to consider. Read on to learn 6 lessons learned from a Washington farmers market, including how to build strong leadership and community buy-in.
My love for birds and the gift of time inspired my birdhouse project.
The author’s thoughts about raising chicks changed when he returned home from a vacation and couldn’t find one of his hens. He discovered her the next morning, sitting on a clutch of eggs under a porch. When her chicks hatched and he saw how much she cared for them, and how much her chicks adored her, he knew then that every chick deserves a good mother hen.
The many calendula uses for health include treating diaper rash, healing wounds, and helping with side effects of radiation therapy.
How I encouraged a swift healing for my body.
Distinguishing rhubarb as a fruit or vegetable. Includes sweet and savory recipes.
There is a crucial difference between pickled and fermented foods that impacts their nutritive value.
How we deal with each other’s emotional messiness.
Stormy spring days mean it’s time for a new loaf of homemade sourdough bread.
Tips for using yard and kitchen waste as useful mulch and/or compost in the garden.
What can freshen breath, fight infection, and clear up acne all at once? Tea tree oil, from the Australian plant, Melaleuca alternifolia, has widespread medicinal qualities, making it an effective home remedy for many different conditions. Try these tea tree oil uses for yourself.
Let's make the world a more equitable place for all.
How we found a home, started our urban homestead and gained several years work.
How my walking practice helps me in so many ways.
Explore creative ways to save the harvest with these favorite canning books.
How to create a scrumptious strawberry shortcake in a Mason jar.
Oats are rich in protein, vitamins (like vitamin E), antioxidants, and fiber, making them a good food to start off your day.
Make sure to listen for wisdom and jewels while listening to lectures and speeches.
A look at how our family created the community that supported our family life.
How to choose an apple tree to fit your space and needs.
While some proclaimed benefits of chia seeds may be a bit exaggerated, these seeds are packed full of vital nutrients like fiber and omega-3 fatty acids and should not be overlooked as a healthy addition to your diet.
How we need to rethink our transportation in order to keep Washington the evergreen state.
Babka is traditionally made in Poland, Russia and other Eastern European countries. Apparently babka is a popular Christian Easter bread, but is also made in the Jewish tradition.
How long have you had that packet of seeds? Check their viability.
Having trouble finding relief from chronic constipation? You may benefit from an abdominal massage.
Skin care and keeping it simple.
Rediscover the lost art of pickling eggs with this how-to article.
What I think about each time I attend a funeral, celebration of life or memorial.
Despite our best efforts, sometimes flour plus water plus yeast doesn’t equal a tantalizing loaf of bread, but is just a large lump of dough. Here's how to fix it.
Valerian is known for its sedative qualities, which can help to increase sleepiness, as well as to decrease nervousness and restlessness.
With spring on its way, I am thinking about gardening, home grown food and what it takes to grow plants from seed.
You can digest food waste to produce a burnable gas (biogas), to produce high quality fertilizer, and to fight climate change. Learn how.
Why I use the #Blessedlife.
Cooler, wetter summer than usual in Oklahoma, but the tomatoes produced very well with no water from the tap. 2015 experiment begins.
New England’s favorite homemade biscuit recipe is made even better with whole-grain Khorasan.
Some great insights on building community thanks to "Kinfolk," a quarterly publication.
The list of reasons why chocolate is good for you is seemingly endless. Here are just a few of the impressive health benefits of dark chocolate.
Do well-behaved people seldom or rarely make history?
If you need a little mid-winter diet inspiration, here is a list of healthy, high-antioxidant foods to eat this winter season.
Spice up your winter diet with the toothsome crunch of sprouts.
How can we talk more about the process of death? And is it worthy conversation to have?
To ensure you have quality fat in the kitchen from pastured animals, learn how to render beef tallow at home. I’ve rendered beef fat into quart jars of tallow two years in a row and consider myself seasoned in the art of avoiding too much of a mess in making it. The fat lends a flavor to dishes that is particularly desirable for Mexican foods, fried potatoes and savory pie crusts. This fat keeps for three months in a refrigerator.
There are numerous vitamin D uses, but did you know that this vitamin might play a role in preventing asthma attacks? Studies show that people who are vitamin D deficient tend to have more asthma attacks. Correcting a vitamin D deficiency could help you breathe easier.
Don't throw away that extra sourdough starter. Turn it into delicious muffins, crackers, pancakes and more.
How I reconcile professional football and its place in our society.
Simple steps anyone can take to repair a generator at home.
High levels of BPA exposure have been previously associated with cardiovascular disease. One reason for this is likely that BPA can lead to elevated blood pressure.
Gardening offers some amazing benefits to your mental and physical wellbeing.
A grandson's respect for his grandmother.
Adding music to your workout will make exercising more enjoyable, but does music make you run faster as well?
Spiced-apple rings add the perfect touch to a winter-friendly comfort food dinner.
How sharing home grown gifts can enrich each other lives.
These 5 New Year resolution ideas are easy and simple, and they will help you take small, but significant, steps toward better health.
My journey and some of the challenges I experienced with the farm-to-table method. The struggles I faced while raising meat in order to eat more ethically and sustainably.
Can we and should we be transparent with each other? Who should be transparent with whom?
The first day of 2015.
Exploring ways that I can and will impact people around me in 2015.
You may not hear about Candida overgrowth as much anymore, but there’s more evidence than ever that this syndrome is real and is often associated with other gut problems that cause a wide variety of symptoms throughout the body.
Who shares with you a wealth of wisdom that enriches your life?
Reclaim the joy of the holiday season with homemade gifts that aren't too late to make.
With photovoltaic (PV) panel technology you can tap into the amazing world of free totally renewable energy from the sun. You generally cannot find a better more reliable source of power on the planet that solar. In our book you will find that a DIY on grid/off grid system is very affordable and a wise choice for almost everyone.
If you have recurrent dental problems or are currently suffering from pain in a tooth, give these home remedies for toothaches, gingivitis and bad breath a try. Herbal treatments like turmeric, sage and peppermint are natural and effective ways to ease pain, fight bacteria and prevent inflammation.
What gifts are we going to give this holiday season?
Coconut oil uses range from cooking to skin care, so read on to take advantage of what this oil has to offer.
How this last year of discrimination and profiling in the news has impacted me.
There are many non-dairy sources of calcium to choose from to make sure you are getting enough of this vital nutrient.
The accomplishment and goal that I achieved with a "little" help from my friends and family.
Concluding a series on fall mushroom foraging with two unusual looking suspects.
Sharing my practices of gratitude and thanksgiving.
Are our words or actions more important to our children?
The best soup for a cold should contain proven, immune-boosting foods like medicinal mushrooms (such as maitake and reishi) and astragalus root.
Make your Thanksgiving stuffing extra special this year with these recipes for homemade stuffing bread.
There are two things that are true about biogas. The first is that biogas wants to happen. It wants to happen like plants want to grow, like fire wants to burn. And that force, that will to happen, has (at least) those two aspects: life, like the plants; and chemistry, like the fire.
What can you do with mounds of green tomatoes? Turn them into the best enchilada sauce you'll ever have.
Ideas on making a list for yourself before consuming or investing.
What is the difference between hoarding stuff and money? Is there any difference?
Did you know that you're going to have to make your digester either much larger or much warmer, if you expect to do practical biogas in the US? Well, here's that story...
Part one of a three part series on greed, consumption and economic oppression. Exploring how we may have gotten here and what we can do about improving our lives and the lives of others.
Are you planning to put in an orchard next spring, or re-design your landscape with more edible plants?
Highlighting Chanterelles in a fall series of mushroom foraging.
Expense checklist for anyone wanting to plan a new homestead.
Renewable energy's ugly duckling comes of age.
What does well read mean to you? Does the material you read and your personality traits determine how you view the world? This blog explores what well read means to me.
While many kids (and adults, too) might prefer to sleep with a light on, research shows that exposure to artificial light after the sun goes down can disrupt healthy body function and is associated with an increased risk for cancer. So turn off your computers, TVs, and nightlights for kids, and learn to embrace the nighttime darkness.
Sipping on medicinal herbal tea is one of the best steps you can take to shorten the duration of illness when the symptoms of a cold, sore throat, or other upper respiratory infection begin.
Meet the king of the mushroom kingdom, Boletus Edulis, spotlighted in this fall series of mushroom foraging.
The ripening time of a particular fruit varies from one location to another and from year to year, though the order in which varieties ripen stays roughly the same.
Exploring our misconceptions of who we are when we are defined by our online presence.
People are increasingly looking to get back to nature, rejecting the modern world and living off the Earth.
Update your favorite cinnamon rolls with warm spices, dark rum, and autumn’s favorite harvest—apples.
The benefits of adopting a pet. And the sadness that occurs when they die.
Keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer at the ready can come in handy in situations where you can’t access soap and water, but using it too often can come with some risks.
Temperature is central to biogas production, and warmer is better. Much better. So if biogas is not a hot topic, it should be.
The benefits of a membership in a CSA and how supporting local organic farming is not only good for you but good for the Earth as well.
Can we start a Slow Time Movement? One that would be like the Slow Food Movement.
Summing up: How much food waste makes how much biogas to power what functions around the farmstead?
A series on fall mushrooms for foraging.
Doug and Jennie Ostgaard designed and built a photovoltaic system for their home, a project they was completed in six months. DIY photovoltaic solar has many benefits, and they outline a few of them here.
Living in a 500-square-foot house (or smaller) affects our consumption and relationships.
When life gives you zucchini overload, turn it into this moist and savory Zucchini Olive Yeast Bread.
Learn how to prevent Alzheimer's with diet. There is plenty of time for people to make brain-healthy lifestyle and dietary choices to potentially delay the onset of this dreaded and devastating disease.
At the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Wash, I listened to lecturers cover topics from re-newable energy, small-scale farming, green building, organic gardening, simple living, and citizen solidarity building. While I listened, I pondered ways to weave these powerful themes into our children's lives.
Wasting food in the U.S., making biogas, and using food waste to do it ... (Let's not waste all that wasted food!).
There’s a gold mine out back of your local restaurant in the form of wasted food. Learn to think like an ecologist and discover how nature turns “waste” into useable, renewable energy.
Spot an algal bloom, snap a photo, enter to win great prizes!
In this blog post, parenting mentor Shawn Hosford introduces herself, along with some of her background and beliefs. Her hope is that this post provides the necessary foundation for continued conversations about intentional parenting.
From ancient to modern times and across cultures, healers have used the nourishing and medicinal powers of broth, especially bone broth.
Enter the Take a Second contest and win great prizes! http://takeasec.org/
Fruit butters are easy to make, in fact – they are almost foolproof. They allow for a little more creativity than many soft spread recipes and are perfect for using up odds and ends of fresh fruit.
August 3 to 9 is National Farmers Market Week! How does weather impact growth and harvest of fruits and vegetables? www.earthgauge.net/?p=36863
Drop store bought mayonnaise like a bad habit. Make your own with only five simple ingredients in under 5 minutes.
Coffee cake seems to be the forgotten step-child of breakfast breads. Although once very popular coffee cake has been eclipsed over the year by the proliferation of bagels, large, gooey muffins, and egg and sausage breakfast sandwiches.
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of blueberries’ health benefits.
Processed foods contain a variety of chemical preservatives that have been linked to serious medical conditions. Here’s what to look for and how to avoid food preservatives.
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.
Electronic waste, aka e-waste, is the fastest growing waste stream of our time. E-waste is considered hazardous waste and more often than not, is recycled improperly. But there are ways to avoid contributing to the growth of this toxic waste.
Tasty whole-grain crackers — simple to make, quick to disappear.
July is UV Safety Month. Don’t forget to protect your skin and eyes from the sun while enjoying long summer days.
The fresh berry season is so fleeting, that it almost calls out for preserving, especially in the form of jam.
One of the favorite events among attendees to the Puyallup MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR was investigative author Doug Fine’s Hemp Bound talk. Here are his thoughts on why hemp matters so much, a belief that was translated into a passionate and funny workshop.
The dream, the drive and now the doing.
Don't be fooled by false species. Enjoy real morels and fiddlehead ferns. Tips for identification and lessons learned from misidentifications.
This painless test finds heart disease before it turns deadly.
Whether you live on the beach or 1000s of miles away, there are easy ways you can protect coastal water quality.
Pickled vegetables are a great way to jazz up your meals, especially in the late winter, early spring time when the grocery store vegetables are looking a little worse for the wear.
Exciting new research reveals how certain foods from the Mediterranean diet work to treat hypertension. Learn what researchers have uncovered about which foods to eat to lower blood pressure.
Fungi breakdown organic material and make it available to plants. Encouraging fungi to grow naturally, or inocculating your soil can have tremendous benefits for your garden.
Sourdough bread doesn’t just come in large loaves and rounds. Sourdough also works up wonderfully into buns, rolls, grissini and my personal favorite, mini-baguettes.
April's tips for controlling weeds and fertilizing your garden.
Identifying, harvesting, and cooking the nutritionally complex spring treat, stinging nettle.
How can we clean up our rural spaces best. Is it up to individuals or governments?
Spring is the perfect time to give your home cooling equipment a check-up before hot weather arrives.
Show us how you take a second to conserve water!
Fast acting and free of side effects, clinical electromagnetic pulse therapy is a good alternative to medication for a range of conditions.
Zaatar bread is a soft, Arabic-style bread topped with olive oil and the tangy spice mixture called zaatar.
Anyone can brew beer. Part 2 of Homebrewing for Beginners seeks to demystify the process of cooking the wort, fermentation, racking, and bottling.
Is a pressure washer something that would be beneficial on your homestead?
Thoughts on managing an event with lots of people and having minimal or no trash.
These all-natural approaches can ease TMJ symptoms and give you relief.
Engineering is helping to solve some of our biggest environmental challenges. Learn more during EEWeek.
Anyone can brew beer. The article seeks to demystify the process and help jump start brewing by breaking down the equipment, recipe, and ingredients. This is a 2-part blog post.
A cold winter and late-season snow in some parts of the U.S. could mean a rough spring allergy season.
With over 2 million devices recycled, plus it's hitting the USA by storm, ecoATM is poised to make an environmental difference with market driven economics.
Hot-cross buns, full of warm spices and sweet fruit, are a tasty springtime treat.
You're not just a beginning gardener - you're also a scientist!
Try these simple actions at home that can help reduce water pollution.
The symbiotic relationship between plants and fungi are showing more than ever how life depends on life. Learn how to encourage what beneficial microbes you have in your soil for a powerful ally in your garden and fields.
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
Sam Benowitz and Tara Bittler are joining the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Blog Squad, and they break down the types of gardening and fruit-growing information they will share with you each week.
Chase down household leaks and fix them to save water and money during the Earth Gauge #FixALeak Week.
Ed Essex and Bruce McElmurray compare their weather experiences living at 4,200 feet and 9750 feet elevation respectively.
Sourdough biscuits is one of those perfect recipes that uses up plenty of ripe starter, but doesn’t take all day to rise.
Protect our water supplies during National Groundwater Awareness Week by saving water at home.
Creating a micro-climate is an essential tool for your survival and homesteading skills. Making the right micro-climate for your plants specific needs will not only help them survive, but thrive as well.
Two homesteaders from Washington and Colorado comment on their greatest weather fear in the mountains.
One of the most recognizable features of wetlands is their smell. What makes these areas so pungent?
Many people never have noticeable diabetes symptoms and don’t even find out they have the disease until they wind up in the hospital with a serious complication. What’s going on?
Ed and Bruce compare the weather and its impact on their mountain homesteads at different elevations and mountain ranges.
Once you have eaten a soft, sourdough pretzel, all other pretzels will pale in comparison. Luckily they are simple to make yourself.
Bruce McElmurray and Ed Essex collaborate on how the weather dictates to their mountain homesteading.
Help scientists study how bird populations are changing during the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Ginseng benefits reach far and wide—both Asian and American ginseng help boost energy and vitality, improve concentration, prevent the flu, plus so much more.
Small but mighty: birds have smart strategies for surviving cold weather.
This heavy artisan bread is full of flavor, and will be ready by dinnertime if you start right now! The unexpected flavor comes from good quality honey olive oil and barley flour.
Tips to help you get started planning your very own homestead. With proper planning you don't have to be experienced to do it right.
MetLife Stadium is reducing waste, saving energy and saving water. Take a page from their playbook. www.earhgauge.net/?p=33964
Woodchip mulch has great benefits for gardening and landscaping. Instead of buying woodchips, we can use what resources we already have and make our own.
When it's cold and windy nothing says comfort like a fresh loaf of sourdough bread. And when that loaf is filled with heart-healthy, omega-3 rich seeds, it's even better.
Efficiency pays off! Resolve to save energy, water, fuel and money in 2014. Get started with these tools.
Building a fire to stay warm? Use these ‘best burn practices’ to minimize smoke & protect your health: www.earthgauge.net/?p=17955
Make a miniature sourdough bread for dinner tonight, and freeze the rest for a busy day.
Providing your own sewer, water and power can be more expensive and is certainly less convenient but that's not all there is to consider. This article takes a look at some of the other differences between public and private services.
With so many good things that plants do in our life, would it be so bad to stop and appreciate them?
Headwater streams are small streams or tributaries that carry water from the upper reaches of a watershed to a river.
Grass fed beef benefits for health are remarkable indeed; but are they fabulous enough to justify the extra cost? And how do you know you are buying the real thing?
Potica is a light and delicate Slovakian holiday bread stuffed with a brown sugar and nut filling. This recipe makes two loaves, one to eat now and one to save for Christmas morning brunch.
Was it a teacher? A parent? A field trip? What was your Earth Changing Moment? Share your first connection with the environment.
Most health problems we face in our lives are minor annoyances. It's time we cut out the expensive middle man and grow our own delicious tasting medicine to treat them.
Participate in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count to help scientists study winter bird populations: www.earthgauge.net/?p=33409
Learning to appreciate seasonal differences.
Are there any bread bakers on your holiday list? Now you know what to to give them. Delight them with these helpful gifts.
Compost and mulch material are in abundance in our backyard and our communities. What is ones man's yard waste is this man's treasure.
Whether you’re traveling or staying home, try these tips for a healthy & environmentally-friendly Thanksgiving. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33317
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a laptop for 5 hours! America Recycles Day is Nov 15.
A natural kennel cough cure will be better for your pet and your wallet while not contributing to the antibiotic resistance problem.
Fall is a great time to replace traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. Save up to $50 per year.
Even progressive cities have work to do, and sometimes the biggest changes come from good people asking the right questions.
The simple steps that increased my health and decreased my waste, and how easy it all was looking back.
Getting ready to carve a jack-o-lantern masterpiece? Learn how weather impacts the pumpkin harvest
Looking back the past three years and identifying what we have learned from our experiences.
Claims for the Paleo diet benefits are substantial – improved cholesterol, improved blood pressure, improved blood sugar control, improved appetite control. How legit are these claims and do they make it worth a switch to this type diet?
Celebrate the 20th anniversary National Public Lands Day on September 28! Find a volunteer site.
Are you Weather-Ready? September is National Preparedness Month.
Each year we learn more and more about living off grid and homesteading. These are just a few of the third-year experiences we wanted to share.
Headed back to school? Protect air quality, save energy and recycle for a healthier, greener school year.
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.
What makes a piece of land a wet-land? Not all wetlands are wet for the same reason.
Moms, protect your baby’s health with this safe, homemade sunscreen.
Plant life along small streams starts a food chain that stretches all the way to the ocean.
There are a lot of things you can do right now to experience the homestead lifestyle right in your backyard.
Breaking down the misconception that wholesome and organic food is only reserved for the wealthy.
Buzz…sting…ouch! Why are yellow jackets more aggressive at this time of year?
Going to the beach? Get real-time info on Great Lakes beach water quality, weather and water conditions.
Visitors enjoyed hundreds of test drives of Ford hybrid and electric cars at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
The 2013 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash., last weekend was again a source of great energy and exceptional education, thanks to 15,000 attendees, more than 125 presenters and some 300 sponsors and exhibitors.
Your deck or other outdoor structures may be made of wood treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA). Learn more about CCA-treated wood and how to dispose of it.
Have you started your tomatoes and peppers yet? 'Tis the season to start seeding long season crops indoors. If you normally buy organic starts from your local nursery, try your hand at seed starting.
To what extent are manufacturers able to take advantage of the enigmatic nature of the term ‘sustainability’ to effectively green wash their products?
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has started a global campaign to help reduce food waste worldwide.
We're getting revved up for winter seed swaps, and planning our tomato plantings to account for all the great tasting events next summer and fall. Find out how to find your own local events, or host your own!
These tips will help you keep your kitchen compost free of rotten smells and fruit flies.
The cost to install and operate our solar electrical system.
This guide on how to wash produce will help keep your foods safe. Avoid food-borne illness by washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
Boulder Food Rescue is a non-profit what is helping to redefine food waste in America.
A single, volunteer potato produces 10 pounds of potatoes in a hot bed. A recipe for addictive, oven-fried potatoes.
Describes two effective alternatives to composting. Many factors can limit the ability to produce compost. These two products offer different but practical ways to organically recycle food scraps.
Using oil seed radishes to add organic matter to the ground and attracting native pollinators with a nest site. Harvesting sweet potato seeds if we're lucky and admiring the parasitic wasp's ability to lay white egg sacs into the body of a horn worm
Set up a washing station in your garden. Rinse your veggies there, saving the water for the garden and keeping your kitchen clean.
A description and pictures of a tornado force winds in Washington State in 2012.
Things to look for in your soil before you break ground on your new home or cabin.
A birdbath in the garden does much more than a birdfeeder. Attract birds to the garden with water, and they will help with pest control, soil aeration, and much more as they get the water they need for drinking and grooming. Wasps love a drink too.
Ellen Sandbeck, who has nearly a quarter century of experience as the Head Worm Wrangler of Laverme's Worms, writes about how to make and run a homemade vermicomposting bin.
A wedding using homegrown and local food and no disposable items. Decorations were things already on hand. The ceremony took place in a field and the reception was in a barn...and there was love-lots of it!
The generators we use for living off the grid and a multitude of other tasks.
Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified seeds and the toxic herbicides used to drench them, is calling itself a supporter of sustainability. You’re kidding, right?
Donna Pellegrin shares her mother's stories of growing up on a fertile, bountiful farm during the Great Depression, and of the homesteading skills that kept them well fed.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers recently named dishwashing formula as their most desired DIY cleaner, so we’ve rounded up some easy and inexpensive dish de-griming recipes for your automatic dishwasher or for washing by hand.
Tips on wasps and ways to get rid of nests around your house or property.
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.
The Washington State Conservation Commission gave away trees at the Mother Earth News Fair as part of their conservation efforts.
Kids Konserve provides solutions for packing waste-free lunches.
Cam describes a natural disaster on a small scale near his home.
We sat down for an interview with James Duft, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair Planner and Programming Manager. Read about what you can expect to see, do and participate in if you attend the upcoming Fair in Puyallup, Wash. Sheep dog training, cheese making, bread baking and antique tractors await!
Cam considers the environmental implications of using paper diapers vs. cloth diapers.
These space-saving, smart front loading units perfectly accommodate apartments and small spaces and eliminate the need to wash your clothes, remove them from the washer and place them into a separate machine for drying.
The United States stands virtually alone in the world in not ratifying treaty on electronic waste. The dumping of electronic waste is a huge hazardous waste problem in the developing world, contaminating water supplies and land with toxic heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs and acids, and putting some of the world’s poorest populations at great risk.
A spray bar and squeegee for washing your pets, all in one tool!
With WASHDROPS™, consumers can wash everything from vehicles and patio furniture to aluminum siding, conserve water, a precious resource, and be environmentally responsible.
Electronic Waste in Africa is on the rise. Computer recycling and waste management services offered by organizations around the world help control the hazardous waste. While waste disposal programs are starting up, organizations such as Computers for Africa send refurbished computers to rural Africa to aid with business and education.
Save energy and resources and reduce waste when traveling by dumping all your trash in one receptical.
Environmental journalist Simran Sethi investigates the greenest way to move to a new house.
Green-building company PM Architecture recently put out a slide show about the negative aspects of buying bottled water.
Dan Chiras questions the idea that disposable items are worth the tremendous waste they create.
How to safely dispose of or make use of human waste is becoming a hot topic.
The negative effects of the recession are painfully clear, but is there a silver lining hiding among the clouds? There's some evidence that the recession might means good news for the environment, and you might find it in your own home. Check it out, and let us know what you think.
It turns out that there are a few bright spots amidst the recession — and it looks like less waste might be one of them.
Here's a simple method for getting rid of ground wasps or yellow jackets without toxic chemicals.
Check out how millions of gallons of water can be saved by Aug. 11, 2009!
Research has shown that crows can remember human faces and avoid those that harassed them in the past.
Forget pesticides or kerosene. Instead, smother badly placed yellow jacket nests with a translucent cover.
In this video, learn how the production and consumption of stuff affects the environment and community health.
Making your own homemade toothpaste from coconut oil is easy, fun and can be healthier and less expensive than store-bought versions.
This soft, tangy sourdough oatmeal bread may just be the best you’ve ever tasted.