White House food garden
Help grow an organic food garden on the White House lawn. Here are some easy ways you can participate.
The White House will launch an open-to-the-public farmers market.
Is having too many gardens a detriment to selling a suburban home?
A travel log of our family's mission to find local food sources on our trip to Puerto Rico.
Amid mounting concerns over food security and sustainable food systems, the rise of urban gardens and agriculture has been on the rise. Due to a paralleled increase in the numbers of people interested in learning how to garden, programs in urban agriculture at colleges as well as nonprofit urban garden training programs have sprouted up across the country.
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.
Old strains of holiday cactus are easy to grow, but updated varieties rebloom more often and produce bigger, showier blossoms.
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.
Your attractive food garden could win you $500 and a chance to be featured in MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
From a home built into a cliff to a home built out from laundry soap boxes, these homes prove how fun and satisfying it is to push the conventional edge. It's your house. Create whatever you want.
Springtime happiness can be measured by the sweetness of your strawberry patch.
President Obama plans to help earn the White House LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
I cure my spring fever by planting in a hoop house.
Describes the process of forming a community garden from the physical and energetic standpoints. The power of teamwork, the joy of accomplishment and the building of a feeling of group unity are described.
A recent poll asked you what percentage of people living in the U.S. you would guess grow food gardens. Most respondents underestimated the actual numbers of households with home gardens, a growing trend.
Kitchen Gardeners International's 20ate campaign urges Americans to say no to junk food.
As more Americans tighten their belts to save a penny or two, many are finding they can save money by growing food-producing gardens.
Wabi-sabi is never slobby, but we can allow ourselves to stop trying so hard and just appreciate our warm bed at the end of the day—whether it’s made or not.
Paul Fehribach sees history in food, cooking methods and recipes and he’s planning a Chicago restaurant that will source 100 percent locally and champion the historic foods and recipes of the Great Lakes region.
Hand-E-Glove, the amazing protective barrier hand lotion, is now the auto mechanic’s best tool. It is applied like ordinary hand lotion but does so much more.
The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will place solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the White House roof by spring 2011.
Last October, President Obama filled us all with hope when he announced he would install solar panels on the White House by this spring. The panels haven't materialized, and the White House isn't talking. Call Obama and find out what's up.
Ilene Freedman and her family reshaped their Chanukah tradition to feature family activities instead of presents.
Summer's here, but the solar panels that President Obama promised to install on the White House this spring aren't. Today the administration announced that it's still working out the details. We'll just have to wait.
Where are we headed, vis a vis our food systems? Can we as individuals make a difference in our food? Yes!
Urban food forests and public gardens provide communities with an edible landscape for everyone to share. These public fruit forests are the new trend in urban agriculture and play an important role as sustainable local food systems in their communities.
How to make candles you can really light from the peel of Clementine oranges. A wintertime craft...just oil and an orange peel!
Cooking meals on a vacation can be easy. Bring some essential items with you and enjoy homecooking, on vacation.
A University of Georgia study finds that common houseplants can remove toxins and improve indoor air quality.
Here is a plan for how to build your own floating cabin, "The Live Aboard Houseboat."
Winners of the Fabulous Food Garden Contest have been chosen. See who the lucky prize recipients are!
Foodborne pathogens such as E. coli can be spread by uncomposted manure from grain-fed cattle on high-concentraton factory farms. The E. coli outbreak in northern Germany reminds us to look twice at the quality of our manure.
At this time of year, Cam feels a little overwhelmed by the gardening chores ahead of him.
Wintertime for a farmer is full of projects and planning.
Candlemas is an ancient midwinter holiday, when people would take inventory on their stock of candles, pantry food storage and hay in the barn to get the homestead through the second half of winter.
I noticed, as I walked the FAIR yesterday, a broad section of America.
The documentary Urban Roots takes a look at how city farming is transforming the city's vacant lots into community gardens, ultimately changing the community as a whole in the process.
Learn how to pinch back basil tops for a particularly bushy plant, then make delicious pesto with your harvest.
New businesses are springing up catering to folks who want their food homegrown, but without the mess of tending to the garden themselves.
These resources will help you learn how to grow food and start a garden.
We now have something to walk on other than dirt!
Have you ever wondered why our food has become so industrialized? Where some of those chemicals that are in almost everything, came from?
Volunteers work to start the Sunset Hill Elementary School Garden in Lawrence, Kan.
Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months
Des Moines, Iowa, gardeners may soon find themselves in hot water with their City. A local resident recently took front yard veggie growers to task for what the resident feels to be unsightly lawn growth. Beets and berries, it seems, do not have the same aesthetic appeal as a green, freshly-mowed front lawn.
Expert advice on adding single nutrients, such as Epsom salts, to your garden and house plants.
A first look at the newest vegetable crops in the garden before the CSA harvests begin.
We dipped candles from our hive's beeswax to celebrate winter. Candlemaking is a nice seasonal craft. Here’s how we did it, plus some tips to get you started.
A transplanted Choctaw and Southerner, a grandmother shows her strength and creativity during the Industrial Revolution and shows how one can face and adapt to life’s challenges.
Michelle knows how much work it is to grow strawberries.... and she's happy to be able to buy them at any price!
Cam has a great deal of respect for farmers.
In Kenya, even for middle class families, much of what ends up on the dinner table is grown or raised at home. With food prices rising, more and more Americans are looking towards ways of growing some of what ends up on their table at home. Both in terms of personal health, and the environment, this is a very good trend—it's a food source as local as you can get.
A short list of gift ideas for gardeners.
Our thoughts on the gluten free, dairy free, soy free desserts from RawCreations.
Get a materials list and step-by-step insructions for low tunnel construction for your backyard garden.
Spring tasks around the homestead.
In praise of the garden fork.
Allowing children the space to discover the beauty and wonder of plants through tending to their own garden builds character, teaches responsibility, gives insight into the beauty of nature and fosters their connection with where their food comes from.
I separate the fact from the fiction with use of soluble fertilizers.
The experience of growing one's first garden is a thrill one will never forget.
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.
The community garden in East Harlem, Chenchita's Garden, is beginning to take shape.
You can help support a community garden in New York City's East Harlem neighborhood.
The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act establishes tough formaldehyde emission standards for household products made from composite wood.
Having little space is not a reason to not be growing your own food. It's just an excuse. I've been apartment gardening since 2009.
You want to start your urban garden from seed this year, but you're not sure where to start because you’ve only started from transplants.
Here are six of my favorite ideas for those of you with small spaces and still want to get your garden on.
Garlic is a very labour-intensive crop to grow but the rewards are worth it!
Finding wild morel mushrooms growing in our urban backyard means plenty of marvelous meals.
Cam loves growing and selling food!
Cam has been busy harvesting and sorting potatoes.
The drought conditions at Sunflower Farm are making Cam rather cranky.
Ranting about the drought worked! We got rain here at Sunflower Farm!
Growing Local Food is a new book that encompasses all the needed basics to grow plants, keep heritage breed animals and bees. The author is a homesteader and physician who gives the readers the basic information to grow or find nutritious, local food
If you just happen to need white dinner rolls for a crowd at Thanksgiving, here's the recipe. Also, check out some really cool contests and special offers from King Arthur Flour.
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
Housekeeping tips mined from the second issue of Mother Earth News--published in 1970--are surprisingly relevant today. Use these to make this task--which we all have to do sooner or later--more efficient and enjoyable.
Making delicious homemade marmalade from Seville oranges.
How-To Build a Hoop House; a collection of resources for growers.
Readers suggest favorite hard, salty, American cheeses.
The perfect partner for pruning, weeding and harvesting.
Smaller version of the original Gardener’s Hollow Leg is perfect for picking dinner!
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.
While many indications point to house size shrinking in America, National Public Radio reports that the McMansion is far from dead.
Friday, May 10 is National Public Gardens Day. Find out what special events are happening at a garden near you.
Ditch unhealthy school lunches with a fresh lunch idea for kids: school gardens. Beyond putting fresh, healthy food in schools, cafeteria gardens are a great classroom tool and a big step towards more sustainable schools.
Anna remembers her grandmother's tasty buttermilk biscuits with fig preserves and her mother's stories of growing up on a small, in-town homestead in the 60s.
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Although winter is setting in, that doesn't mean an end to the garden season in desert climates! Get inspired by this beautiful rainwater-harvesting, food-producing desert landscape!
It is not difficult to set up a backyard hoop house to extend your growing season. The result is abundant, delicious greens and extra months with your hands in the soil. Share information here on backyard hoop house gardening and cuisine.
Don't let your wanderlust for more space hold you back from creating your homestead in the city.
A potential solution to rising food prices, food insecurity and the obesity epidemic may call into play raising farms inside the city limits.
Linda Gilkeson, master gardener, and Jessie Price of EatingWell Magazine will present workshops on gardening and healthy cooking at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
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.
Learn to create your own heirloom kitchen garden at this 3-course series in Pennsylvania.
The first Tiny House Conference will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 16.
Do you dream about living in a tiny, super-efficient home but worry about living with less space? This list of reasons for living could help push you off the fence. Dream big, live small!
The Japanese are masterful at living in small spaces. We can learn a lot from the superbly designed microhouses that have become a hot trend in Tokyo and beyond. Take a few tours and learn a few tricks in this must-see video.
So, what do you do if you neglected to start your veggies way back in January or February? You had good intentions but there always seemed to be something that stole your attention. Now it’s the planting season and you have nothing to plant...
My first blog for MOTHER EARTH NEWS takes me back to a time when I didn't know I had a love of gardening. One of my first gardening experiences came during an unlikely encounter with my curmudgeon grandfather.
Your local county extension office can answer questions on gardening, livestock, poultry, crops, garden pests and more.
Growing potatoes in containers allows you to increase your yield in a small amount of space.
When you say “organic” most people think of elitists that are buying over priced food because they think that they are better than others. What does the “organic” really mean though?
When you ask people if they want chemicals in their garden or on their food, most will say no. They want to limit their exposure to the chemicals and pollutants.
Check out our newly updated and expanded version of our "Food Gardening Guide" digital resource, a great gardening app available for both Apple and Android devices.
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list — all under $50!
A reader wonders whether it is safe to use a galvanized stock tank as a garden planter.
Steve Judge of Bob-White Systems in Vermont offers his Micro Dairy expertise in this blog series on how to start and manage a Micro Dairy, from farm and barn planning to selecting dairy cows, goats and sheep to daily operations and being profitable.
If you want to have some wonderful food, great scenery by the ocean, lots of things to do, I have a place for you: Nova Scotia, Canada.
You'll love our recommended real food find: pomegranate golden balsamic vinegar from California.
During the coldest months of winter, field garlic is still ready to be harvested. Even when the ground is too frozen for digging up the savory bulbs, the leaves can be used like chives.
Western culture has taught us to eat all the wrong things for all the wrong reasons.
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.
Want to find a new garden plot for next year? Look into community gardens in your area, or start your own!
Potted greens are a good complement to greens in the hoop house soil.
Let the ancient Japanese art of wabi-sabi help you purge unwanted items and get organized for the new year.
The Spirit of Hope garden in Detriot offers a safe, nurtuting place for plants and children to grow.
Food labels are confusing, but you can be sure that processed foods with many ingredients are not as healthful as whole foods. Here is a explanation of processed-food ingredients and some suggestions for healthful breakfast foods.
Readers share tips and tricks for taking care of winter garden beds.
Can’t have a garden of your own, but you want to garden? Urban Garden Share allows you to do exactly that!
A good watering system will save you time and money in your garden.
The innovative garden seeder from Simple Seeder increases speed and ease of planting.
Tired of pests? Here are five tips for knocking ‘em back without resorting to pesticides and toxic chemicals.
Who needs a TV drama, when, out the back door, we have our own alfresco drama, complete with territory battles, births, deaths, alien invasions, mystery, beauty and fornication, unfolding daily before our very eyes if we care to look.
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.
A description of farmers' even tempered dispositions.
If you think Bambi is cute, try keeping him out of your strawberry field!
It's snake season, and I found a black snake out my back door!
There are various means for developing an edible landscape.
What exactly is water kefir soda? Well, I describe it as pop that makes you forgo buying cans from the store, all while making your tummy happy. The experts call it a “probiotic beverage made with kefir grains that consist of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship.”
These sweet, wholesome scones come together in a flash and make use of August’s abundance of wild blackberries.
Eating black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s reminds me of my grandmother's kitchen. Every year since I have had my own garden I include as many of these easy to grow southern staples as space allows into my garden plans and you can, too.
In Arizona, an intrepid desert gardener harvests rainwater to grow his own food. A Missouri garden writer feeds his soil to feed himself. In Texas, a garden wall encourages community. These are a few of my favorite gardens.
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.
Could you heat your house with a hair dryer? Super-efficient Passive Houses use very little energy.
The American Institute of Architect’s Home Design Trends Survey confirmed what Natural Home predicted in January—Americans are moving to smaller homes.
Simran Sethi teams up with two neighbors to "grow food, not lawns."
Completing tasks in preparation for a few days away from the homestead
Part of gardening is knowing what to do with your veggies after you've grown them. Here, we will examine what to do with those pie pumpkins this upcoming Fall.
Deborah Niemann of Antiquity Oaks will present two workshops on traditional home dairies and homegrown food at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
Jennifer R. Bartley of American Potager will present a workshop on cooking with herbs and vegetables from a kitchen garden at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
Simran Sethi starts dreaming of spring gardening, with the goal of renewing her efforts to grow real food.
Take a visual tour of the events at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
Most Americans believe that cleaning products are required to list ingredients on labels. They're not. But Whole Foods is taking matters into its own hands with a color-coded rating system that holds manufacturers accountable for green claims.
Chicago and New York City vie to be the first to pass a green food resolution.
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.
Our hands take a beating. Be kind to them and make this amazing hand scrub with ingredients right from your pantry!
A brief thesis on the finer properties of garlic and planting instructions.
The different sounds that you hear in the city or country are as different as the people that live there.
Robert White explains why he's attending the Growing Farmers workshops, and describes what he learned in the first session.
One of our most common grasses is limiting the bobwhite quail population, killing broodmares and their foals, rotting cow hooves, and cutting milk production.
Humorous real-life stories of moving and adjusting to farm life.
Dealing with potties out in the country.
Things that come to mind while watching my husband and son work in this heat.
September is here and I'm expecting the weather to break!
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.
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.
Organic Coconut Sugar is made from sap collected from the freshly cut flower buds of organic coconut palm trees grown on small, sustainable farms.
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.
We may find it overwhelming to know where to begin in teaching others to eat healthily. People attempting to eat healthier find it difficult to know where to begin. "The Dirty Dozen" fruits and vegetables gives us all a place to start.
The success of Urban Gardens is a story about an expansion of one’s reach outside of one given discipline.
Julie Lavigne relates her grandparent’s home in the city, a modern homestead for their time, and proves you can live a self-sufficient lifestyle in an urban setting.