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11/4/2011
Western civilization is totally dependent upon cheap and abundant energy. Three quarters of the petroleum we burn in our engines is imported. Could it be cut off suddenly? Without cheap and abundant energy, our way of life would collapse. If we value our freedom and independence, we should not be relying on foreign petroleum. We should be making our own energy. 
8/1/2011
Tips on how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
8/12/2011
SunButter Sunflower Seed Butter offers innovative and flavorful ingredient option for peanut-free products.
7/26/2011
Is sunscreen necessary? Can it actually do more harm than good? We cut through this cloudy issue like a ray of scorching summer sun! Find out how much vitamin D you need from the sun, whether sunscreen can prevent cancer, which ingredients in sunscreen may have adverse health effects, and the best ways to truly protect yourself from that fiery sphere in the sky, including recommendations for the safest commercial sunscreens.
7/16/2012
Tips on how to protect your skin and stay safe in the sun.
11/6/2013
Sunroots are a typically-cloned crop with great potential as a locally-adapted survival-of-the-fittest landrace
5/25/2010
Photo of the Day blog features a different photo from reader each day. Submit your own photos for a chance to appear on MOTHER's website! What's your favorite facets of nature or down-to-earth living? Share your finds or handmade creations!
7/30/2012
Solar food drying is incredibly easy with a solar food dehydrator, which requires very little effort to make perfectly preserved produce.
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.
2/8/2012
When you only drink one cup of coffee a day, the mug you use is pretty important.
1/30/2014
Our chickens aren't fond of the snow and the wind, but we found a way to let them enjoy the sunshine from the comfort of their coop!
3/25/2011
One of the nation's largest home developers announces it will offer solar arrays as standard features on new homes in California.
6/26/2012
Receives SRCC OG300 certification on 41 system configurations for residential solar water heating systems.
9/17/2013
As fall nears, sunflowers are beginning to die off and it's time to harvest their seeds! In this post I bring you through the steps to harvest and prepare your sunflower seeds for eating!
5/23/2013
Making great sunshine tea is easy if you follow a few simple guidelines for contents, quantities, and water.
3/24/2009
If you like steam- and gas- powered engines and farm equipment, you will love these three magazines and websites: Farm Collector, Gas Engine and Steam Traction.
9/6/2011
Looking for a better way to preserve all that garden produce without a hot kitchen canning project? A new solar food dryer promises to dry food fast and save energy and money using the sunshine in your back yard.
11/1/2012
Learn which crops you can grow in your garden to provide protein in your diet.
8/24/2010
Keep your skin protected from the sun as well as from toxic chemicals that can potentially cause severe health risks. These reviews of all-natural sunscreens explain which ingredients to avoid when choosing a sunscreen.
11/3/2011
I have know Mark for years. Since I have known him (give or take a few years or so) Seiden asked me what were the best ways to go green and save energy at the same time. Then two years ago, we started with CFL bulbs. Now I'm trying to get him to go LED and get really green lighting in effect. In time. In time.
5/16/2013
But maybe, at the end of the day, I am just a person with weak nerves doing something that depends on so many unknown factors – the weather, the bug population, the quality of seeds and some plain ol' luck.
4/18/2014
In many communal kitchens, may it be a hostel or a student dorm, postings are usually to be found; “Leave it nicer than when you came”, they read. That can be said to humans on earth too, to leave it better than it was. By living and working in nature, with nature, I believe that our surroundings here at the homestead are ecologically healthier, more diverse and vibrant than should we as humans not have been here.
9/13/2012
Squeezable packets eliminate the need to measure.
6/6/2012
This addition to the product line will fill a need for smaller households or ones that don’t have enough yard space to accommodate a large clothesline.
9/12/2008
How does the amount of electricity you use each month compare to the  average American household?
9/10/2008
How big is that wind turbine exactly? For a frame of reference on the different sizes, check out these photos and links.
7/24/2008
Ever wondered which countries around the world are installing the most wind power?
1/17/2011
This posting discusses the role of the Milankovitch Cycles in initating glaical/interglacial periods. It also discusses the role of sunspots in short term climate change.
5/15/2012
Sweet, healthy, root vegetables that love growing through the heat of summer? Learn about adding Jerusalem artichokes, yacon, and sweet potatoes to your gardens. Plus, more on the incredible health benefits of roselle (hibiscus).
3/24/2011
Covering an area about the size of California with solar panels would provide enough power to handle the world's needs.
8/20/2013
Moms, protect your baby’s health with this safe, homemade sunscreen.
6/1/2010
With the media reporting widespread vitamin D deficiencies and the Environmental Working Group's 2010 Sunscreen Guide reporting that some sunscreens may do more harm than good, there seem to be a few good arguments for getting a little exposure to unadulturated sunlight. What do you think? Will you change your sunscreen habits because of recent reports?
7/28/2011
This is a rundown of films that came out in the last few years. These films cover a wide range of environmental topics, from energy, climate, and fuel, to food, farming, and health. Many of the films have won awards or been critically acclaimed.
6/11/2013
For me, homesteading means to not have a great need for money in the first place. It also means that the money one does need is being made by utilizing the land, as in our case, running the Hostel.
6/19/2013
This year is the first season I had the whole garden dug and ready and boy, it's easy to plant a garden when the garden is already there.
7/23/2013
Having a hostel of your own, gives you the best of both worlds; the comfort of home with the vibration of travelers.
9/5/2013
Our August at the Hostel has best been described visually; a flat palm held about an inch from our face.
4/11/2014
Growing an organic garden with compost I made using natural material from our surroundings is to comply with nature's way of taking care of itself – it's to remain humble for a true and tried life cycle and acknowledge our inevitable part in and connection to life on earth.
5/1/2014
A homestead is about so much more than just mindful ways of producing one's needs; the health of the land and landscape is nothing if the health of the homesteader isn't there. The most sustainable homestead is one where the homesteaders like what they're doing and therefore will keep doing it. The self-fulfilling prophecy that we're all too busy is a highly unsustainable way to attempt sustainability, whether it's for a homestead or a summer business.
6/12/2014
Few other vegetables represent summer as a sun-ripe, homegrown tomato does.This is how we raise and plant tomatoes at the Deer Isle Hostel and Homestead.
2/28/2013
Onions are daylight sensitive and need to have plenty of time to put on top growth before the days start to get shorter and the plant pulls its energy into the bulb. If you like to start onions from seed, don’t wait! The best time is already closing in.
7/10/2013
July is UV Safety Month. Stay safe in the sun with these tips.
2/10/2012
The Sun Mar composting toilet uses a first of its kind technology to deliver a pollution free and sanitary product.
11/21/2008
When you start measuring electricity use, you may be surprised by which appliances and electronics use the most energy.
5/5/2008
Here are the basic options for buying your electricity from sustainable sources.
10/3/2007
Almost everyone uses a computer these days. But not everyone knows how much energy is consumed by that one device.Most appliances or electronics tell you the number of watts they use. An average CPU uses 120 watts, while the monitor uses 150 watts. That's 270 watts of power while in use, but there are several easy ways to reduce that amount.
8/15/2008
In the United States, renewable energy is growing, but we still don't get very much of our electricity from renewable sources. How can we speed things up?
4/9/2009
Information and advice from the Small Wind Certification Council on creating wind power in your own backyard.
1/18/2008
This week, I've been using a Kill-a-Watt at home. It's a small meter that costs about $25, and you can use it to measure the electricity consumption of your appliances and home electronics.
9/29/2008
This handy online tool helps calculate your solar energy potential based on your location.
7/23/2008
Texas is already the U.S. leader in wind power, and that lead is about to get even bigger.
4/24/2013
Our striving to live frugally, monetary so, affects our everyday life choices. We choose to live without a lot of things that cost money. We make most of the cash we do need by running the Hostel in the summer months.
5/6/2013
If you have a bike, your freedom of moving around is endless. Cycling is swift and bikes are easy to navigate where cars sometimes can't go.
8/13/2013
There are many benefits with raising pigs for meat, and also some common sense ways of doing so in a sustainable way.
11/12/2013
One thing that gardening has done to me, as to so many others probably, is that I've started to pay attention to where the food on my plate comes from, and usually the answer is “from our garden."
12/9/2013
Stay warm, find a hobby and cull the livestock; here are some of the things we do to prepare for winter!
11/4/2013
Where is our economic security?
12/24/2013
A homesteader's year is over for this time. Nothing cleans the yard up as a foot of snow, and I think it's here to stay. winter on Deer Isle is great, so great I consider it something we deserve after getting through the summer, both for us as homesteaders and for us as a part of this community.
5/13/2014
Making our own compost is not only a way to meet our need of fertilizer, it's also a way to redirect the garden scraps, chicken manure, leaves and grass cuttings from the waste stream to the resource river. Another area where this applies around our homestead, is our use of a composting toilet. For us, the difference between what goes down a flushing toilet and what accumulates in the buckets in the outhouse is the difference between waste and resource.
3/20/2013
I know how popular and much hyped season-extending materials are in the world of organic gardening, but is it a necessity to eat fresh lettuce year round?
9/18/2014
As homesteaders, all the homesteading rewards are directly ours to keep and our work provides most of our necessities but the multiple returns we get from our homestead also give us what money couldn't buy, such as the self reliance, sense of security, dignity, the beautiful place where we spend our days and the choice to set our own schedule.
7/18/2012
Describes a method of protecting tomatoes from excessive heat using a sunscreen, vermicompost tea, pulling blighted leaves.
8/1/2012
Sensor Plug update along with a report on Sunflowers being used as a cover crop and when to properly harvest onions.
6/21/2011
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.
8/28/2008
Solar energy is the ultimate source of all life, and there's lots of it.
12/18/2011
How a wood-fired hot tub allows us to live better on less energy.
8/4/2010
emerginC, a leading professional skincare collection, has just launched a natural yet serious results-oriented collection aptly named Scientific Organics.
11/12/2008
How much electricity is your computer using right now? You might be surprised how easy it is to find out.
10/27/2008
A new technology developed at MIT, solar concentrators, could dramatically reduce the cost of photovoltaic (PV) power.
7/31/2007
When you're ready to price or purchase a new solar system, findsolar.com has everything you need.
5/21/2009
Here’s advice from a renewable energy expert about what you can expect to pay for a solar-electric system to power your home.
8/19/2008
Bill Clinton has 10 recommendations for what the U.S. government should be doing to promote cleaner energy.
3/31/2009
Have you found helpful ways to cut your energy use at home? Whether it's turning down the thermostat or installing new light bulbs, tell us what you've done to conserve energy and how well it's worked.
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.
5/24/2013
Here are some ways we use natural materials to improve our garden and orchards.
11/25/2013
Renewable energy is often seen as a way to have it all and still feel “green” and it is indeed at a glance more environment friendly than conventional power, but no power has as low footprint as the power not used.
10/16/2013
There used to be, from Maine to Georgia and west to the Mississippi river, 20.000 grafted apple varieties. Today, when commercialism is king and the most known apple varieties are the 5 kinds offered in the supermarket those old varieties are worth paying attention to. As with all things around us, diversity is interesting and sustainable.
10/10/2013
For the past few years, we've experimented with different ways of storing food fresh and now we're eating garlic, onions, squash, carrots and beets in June.
9/26/2013
To grow, keep and eat your own food keeps you away from the food industry, the fossil fuel based agriculture, food stores and logistics.
9/20/2013
Even as far north as Maine I can harvest produce from March to December with parsnips to dig from under the frost in February without the use of row covers or a greenhouse. In some beds I do two or more succession plantings that together with the root cellar keeps me with fresh produce all year.
5/23/2014
A well-thought-out garden design will make your work enjoyable and manageable and will encourage the gardener's presence and attention.
6/30/2014
Here at Deer Isle Hostel, Maine, we use a compost pile built with local, natural materials and a 100-foot water pipe to create a steaming hot shower.
7/30/2014
A good gardening tool is lightweight, ergonomically correct and has a positive impact on the soil. We only use hand tools (non-powered) in our gardens since we find that we can get the job done easier and more efficiently with a more correct impact on the soil and less impact on our bodies than we would with any machines.
3/12/2013
Our work in the woods starts long before we get the chainsaw and axe out; by being in the woods, observing and contemplating. We're looking for healthy trees that we can help to thrive and that will be of benefit in the future.
4/2/2013
To turn a woodlot into a park with no “litter” on the ground might look tidy, but is not very healthy or functional. Next time you look at a dead tree or a log rotting on the ground; look at it as something full of life.
2/11/2013
It wasn't many months ago the seed catalog for this year showed up, but at that point I had just, just, managed to finish off the garden season, slightly traumatized from all the work. To receive a catalog then seemed mostly like an ill-conceived joke, a way to rub it in; don't think you can relax too much.
2/19/2013
To say the sawmill is just a piece in the homestead puzzle might be a slight understatement. In some ways, it's a key factor.
8/28/2014
The actual footprint of a garden is only one of many factors for how much food that can be produced there. With succession planting, good soil and some planning the same garden area can produce substantially more food.
12/17/2010
Simran Sethi writes about choosing eco-friendly paints, tiles, and other aspects of her renovated bathroom.
6/9/2011
  No party is complete without cake, and this delicious Sunshine Cake has been the crowning glory of every Summer Solstice party I’ve ever thrown. Sharon Kebschull Barrett, one of my favorite herbal chefs, developed this recipe for her 1999 book Desserts from an Herb Garden (one of my bibles). Lemony, with a surprising hint of rosemary, this cake just tastes like summer—and the bright yellow color celebrates the sun.
8/27/2008
If we want more electricity from renewable sources, we need to think about upgrades to our electric grid.
7/17/2008
This one policy makes it much easier to pay for a solar or wind-electric system, but not every state offers it.
7/28/2009
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a list of the top 20 on-site renewable electtricity generators.
1/28/2009
Earlier this month a plan was drafted to remove all plasma screen televisions from California retail shelves.
9/15/2009
Check out the PV Watts calculator and find out how much solar-electric power you can generate in your part of the world.
9/12/2007
Start cutting your electricity use today, and it will save you a bundle of cash on a renewable energy system when you're ready to buy one.
2/20/2012
Sun-Lite HP for greenhouse glazing provides excellent diffused light.
1/16/2012
If you begin tomorrow, you can be soaking in fresh, 103-degree water by the evening.
8/28/2011
The role of natural cycles and anthropogenic forces on the climate are explained. We also demonstrate that the current global warming trend is happening at a faster rate than earlier periods and humans are responsible for the current warming trend.
12/18/2013
We use some old and tried techniques for how to process the meat, like curing and smoking the big cuts so they'll keep without being put in a freezer. We're constantly striving to learn new, mostly old ways of utilizing and preserving more of the pigs for our own consumption, by making headcheese, confit and lard.
2/1/2013
While many of those visiting our Hostel are farmers and homesteaders themselves, some come from that “city culture” and seem to take their first hesitant steps outside of a flatly paved driveway when they arrive at our place. Wide eyes, a sense of adventure.
1/24/2011
We will discuss how the Earth overcomes the increasing solar radiation from the Sun to maintain a stable temperature for life (Gaia Hypothesis). The role anthropogenic forces will also be discussed.
11/17/2009
Let's take a trip back into the Mother Earth News archive to learn more about thin-film solar.
1/21/2009
Take this quiz from How Stuff Works and learn more about how solar panels produce electricity.
11/3/2011
Robert Zwald grew up in the 1900s, farming in Minnesota. This is part two of his stories from the past, as compiled by his daughter, Ruth.
9/1/2009
We’d like to hear more about your experiences with green power. Is it available where you live? How does the price compare to what you would otherwise pay for electricity? Why have you — or haven’t you — chosen this option?
3/2/2012
Two easy steps to reduce your electrical use whether you live off grid or not.
4/27/2010
Should we be building more garbage incinerators in the United States? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.
7/6/2010
Henry Red Cloud has a lot to do with the wind energy education happening in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. Along with these tribes, the interest in wind energy is spreading across the nation, especially to Arizona, and outside organizations are lending a hand.
1/14/2009
Find out what different states are doing to promote power from renewable sources, including solar and wind energy.
5/13/2009
There are a growing number of small, solar-powered gadgets for sale including solar flashlights, radios, cell phone chargers, outdoor motion lights and more. Are you using any of these small solar products? Do you find them useful? Tell us what you think!
7/18/2008
Al Gore is calling on Americans to support a rapid transition to renewable energy. Tell us what you think.
5/28/2010
Human-powered generators cleverly derive electricity from something we already use in abundance — human movement — offering an easy way to tap renewable energy for anyone interested in a low-impact lifestyle. Two creative generators caught our attention: a merry-go-round that supplies light for poor Ghanaian schools and a revolving door that lights up a train station.
5/14/2010
With new breakthroughs in solar electricity coming out every year, should you wait before investing in a solar electric system? Energy expert Dan Chiras discusses cost of PV modules in terms of cost per watt of installed capacity.
3/12/2010
Dan Chiras and other energy experts envision a future powered by a combination of renewable energy resources, including wind and solar.
12/26/2008
It's easy to find out what fuels your power comes from using this nifty tool from the EPA. 
6/27/2008
It's surprisingly easy to figure out how many carbon dioxide emissions come from producing the electricity for your home, or burning a full tank of gas. Check out this carbon calculator, or find out how to do a quick ballpark estimate.
10/17/2011
As the world's demand for electricity continues to climb so will the need for new power plants. We need to decide what will be the fuel of the future for these plants. The choice boils down to conventional versus renewable sources.
7/23/2010
SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO) announces the availability of its most advanced HIT Power® solar module, the HIT Power 220A, offering improved efficiency and energy output -- and designed to energize integrators and installers with more power per square foot than ever before.
6/5/2009
Learning the basics about electricity will help you conserve energy.
12/14/2012
World nuclear electricity-generating capacity has been essentially flat since 2007 and is likely to fall as plants retire faster than new ones are built.
8/12/2011
At the Vetter Fuel Challenge in Ohio, vehicles powered by electricity, diesel and gasoline competed to see who would consume the least fuel in dollars and cents.
8/28/2012
Homesteads are attempting to provide longer grazing times by dividing pasture into paddocks. The difficulty of getting water to each paddock can be solved by a windmill with underground pipes. No electric is needed--just wind!
3/15/2013
Defying conventional wisdom about the limits of wind power, in 2012 both Iowa and South Dakota generated close to one quarter of their electricity from wind farms. Wind power accounted for at least 10 percent of electricity generation in seven other states. Across the United States, wind power continues to strengthen its case as a serious energy source.
11/20/2012
Conventional generators require gasoline or diesel fuel, which can be expensive -- especially during emergencies. Also, the emissions from gas-powered generators contribute to air pollution. Solar generators are a smart alternative to consider.
2/3/2010
The Evergreen Institute's application to provide continuing education for LEED accredited professionals has been approved by the U.S. Green Building Council. A variety of workshops meeting required standards are now available for those interested in anything from solar electricity to straw bale construction.
3/6/2013
According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 100 percent of the electric generating capacity added in January was renewable.
5/13/2010
Three-day workshop announcement on net zero energy homes by leading authority on energy efficiency and renewable energy, Dan Chiras. Learn how to reduce your utility bill through conservation, effriciency, & clean, affordable, renewable energy.


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