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7/12/2011
In a Boulder, Colorado, neighborhood, residents are getting off the grass. They're donating their front yards to a community organization that grows enough fruits and vegetable on the former lawns to feed 50 families. Now, that's local food.
11/3/2011
The Front Yard Coop Supplies Innovative and Elegant Chicken Coops to Meet Rapidly Growing Interest in Raising Hens.
2/7/2013
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.
7/12/2011
In Oak Park, Michigan, a mother of six faces 93 days in jail for planting vegetables in her front yard. People across the country are rallying to her defense.
8/18/2010
Home gardeners and urban farmers can come up against garden laws and regulations that can limit the size, style and components of their garden.
11/29/2012
In a war on gardens, the City of Orlando has taken issue with the rows of beans, greens, and other vegetables occupying Jason and Jennifer Helvenston's front yard garden. The Helvenstons respond to the City's request they remove their "illegal" garden.
3/2/2010
The experience of growing one's first garden is a thrill one will never forget.
8/22/2014
St. Paul, Minnesota, not only allows front yard gardens and promotes growing vegetables in containers, but encourages residents to beautify the boulevard with plants, including edibles.
12/11/2014
Urban community green spaces are an essential component of our built environment. Their significance is becoming more and more apparent to city planners and urban residences all over the United States.
1/11/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger Bryce shares 5 things to consider before starting a farmstead—not the least of which being winter.
10/24/2013
While the Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs Mountain Resort may have been John D. Ivanko's family’s primary destination (as speakers about renewable energy, sustainable living and farmstead cooking), it definitely wasn’t their only reason for eco-touring the region known as the Laurel Highlands.
11/12/2012
Jason Helvingston of Orlando, Fla., fights for his right to grow food in his front yard garden after the City of Orlando cited him for illegal gardening, pitting food self-sufficiency against city ordinance.
11/6/2014
School gardens play a vital role in our nations educational systems. Though the concept dates back to the 1800s, their role has gained popularity in the last 20 years, and for good reasons.
10/6/2010
Despite killed well, production continues on The Frontier, an independent feature documentary that celebrates coastal Louisiana.
10/19/2014
The YardMap Network is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both people concerned with their local environments and professional scientists. The program is housed at the Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York. We collect data by asking individuals across the country to draw maps of their backyards, parks, farms, favorite birding locations, schools, and gardens.
11/26/2014
Celebrate those gardeners and birders in your life by making them homemade holiday gifts this year.
9/8/2014
Come early or spend a few days after the three days of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, held at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania this September 12 – 14, 2014. Less than 30 miles from Seven Springs Mountain Resort, there’s an ecotourism adventure to be had.
5/7/2013
America’s Farmstand delivers all-natural, sustainably farmed fresh foods, grown to exacting standards, direct from family farms to table – with no warehousing.
5/23/2013
The BagPacker is three handy yard tools in one.
11/22/2010
Simran Sethi takes a moment to give thanks.
7/14/2008
Look out guys — these women really know what 21st century farming is all about.
8/4/2008
Decision from the USDA: Farmers won't be allowed to break their CRP contract without penalty.
8/15/2011
Fond memories of a self-sufficient farm in Armstrong County, Pa., show how hard work and family together results in a truly meaningful life.
8/7/2014
Clear overgrowth in your meadow by acquiring a heavy-duty mower. Here are some mower recommendations for your homestead.
9/5/2012
Bob-White Systems is bringing the cows back home by providing supplies, equipment and support for Micro Dairies, Home & Farmstead cheesemakers and small-scale producers of local and farm fresh dairy products.
2/13/2009
Tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture to abandon their efforts to create and enforce a National Animal Identification System. We've made it easy for you with sample wording and directions on where to submit your comments.
5/6/2014
Clearing overgrown land can be a daunting task. Choose the right tool for the job and it can be a breeze! Here are 5 of my favorites that make clearing overgrown land satisfying and fun!
9/27/2012
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.
4/29/2011
Celebrate and spread the word about Fair Trade food and products with a World Fair Trade Day breakfast on May 14.
7/27/2010
A front-mounted snowblower with a 72-inch cutting width is now available for Bobcat compact tractors. The new snowblower joins front-mounted models with 49- and 62-inch cutting widths introduced last year.
7/14/2011
Curtis Industries has introduced a line of Sno-Pro front end loader plow blades which offer major advantages over bucket plowing.
5/20/2013
When done right, you can reduce your feed costs by up to 75 percent - even after taking your fuel costs into account.
2/2/2012
In 2010 former horse-powered produce grower Michael Hari launched Equicert, a business that provides services to horse powered farms.
10/10/2008
Jacobs Farm in Santa Cruz, Calif. was recently awarded $1 million in damages for lost income due to pesticide drift.
9/23/2008
Congress is accused of bait-and-switch tactics when they propose millions in reductions to the conservation-related program assistance that helped pass the 2008 farm bill.  
3/20/2009
Secure grant funds for your farmers market, community-supported agriculture program and more by applying to the USDA by April 27. 
4/16/2013
A hard look at the state of the food industry and the impact of factory farming on polluted run-off, animal rights, and small family farms across America.
4/6/2011
Growing Power believes that youth working in city farms will grow, bloom and thrive right alongside the crops they cultivate.
10/31/2014
A quick guide to deciding whether fresh or frozen organic whole turkeys are right for you, your farm, or your family.
6/20/2014
Permaculture is about a self sustaining system that provides the food, nutrients and water in one yard. It is easy to adopt many of these approaches in your own yard and garden in the Midwest.
6/25/2012
Fiskars' new hand pruners combine form and function to make every cut easier.
7/25/2011
A problem for older gardeners is finding tools that make gardening easier as getting up and down becomes harder.
10/21/2008
Save time and avoid blisters and burnout by following these common-sense guidelines this leaf season.
10/25/2010
Popular Mechanics honored STIHL with a 2010 Breakthrough Award for the STIHL HSA 65 hedge trimmer, the first product with 36-volt STIHL Lithium-Ion battery-power technology.
11/5/2010
Duncraft introduces a new concept in bird feeding - the patented Underneath Bird Feeder
11/16/2010
Simran Sethi starts dreaming of spring gardening, with the goal of renewing her efforts to grow real food.
8/16/2010
Simran Sethi teams up with two neighbors to "grow food, not lawns."
7/29/2013
Ever wondered about the real meaning behind terms like cage free, free range, and pasture raised?
2/24/2010
We strongly support keeping a few chickens (hens only) within city limits. Feel free to use this statement if you're working to get an ordinance passed to allow chickens in your city.
3/14/2014
Our first trip to the New England Meat Conference and some of the lessons we learned.
1/6/2014
Self-dubbed “lunatic farmer” Joel Salatin describes how sustainable living and more conscientious agricultural practices can mend and revive a planet pushed near the brink.
8/5/2014
Neem (Azadirachta indica) is used in so many ways in herbal medicine, which is why it has been tagged the "village pharmacy." Neem is used to combat tiredness, cough, fever, loss of appetite, worm infestations and so much more.
1/19/2009
It's hard to shop responsibly sometimes, especially for meat. There are so many different label claims that it's hard to remember which are meaningful and which are just fluff. Here's a handy reference card that will give more power to your purchases.
5/17/2012
A beautiful old, old, rambling rose bush that grows on my moms corner fence post greets us with pink blooms each spring.
7/18/2011
Rodale Institute today announces the launch of Your 2 Cents, an innovative program that unites consumers and companies in support of the next generation of American farmers.
3/5/2009
There are many ways farmers can benefit from renewable energy, including wind energy, solar energy, energy efficiency and biofuels.
2/20/2009
Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition, is now available in print and by download from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Learn how to make your soil perform at its very best!
5/24/2011
Trying to follow directions out in the country can be challenging!
9/9/2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on how to implement the new Conservation Stewardship Program. Here's the lowdown, plus instructions on how to submit your opinion — it's easy!
10/24/2012
One farm is able to combine cost savings, with energy sustainability by using a Savonius rotor.
3/11/2009
The National Animal Identification Plan will be easily implemented by large factory farms, but it means trouble for smaller operations. Will the system really keep us safe from disease, or will industrial ag and tracking system manufacturers be the only beneficiaries?
2/9/2012
Three New Colors Provide More Options for Consumers
11/1/2010
Wide-mouth funnel design super-stuffs bags and cans in less than a minute.
6/14/2012
Kubota partners with the Propane Education & Research Council to offer $1,000 purchase incentive on its ZP330, delivering ‘green’ performance and more ‘green’ in your pocket.
7/13/2011
ECHO Bear Cat is pleased to introduce the 2” SC2170 Chipper/Shredder to its line of outdoor power equipment.
4/27/2011
Hoelscher Commercial Products announces a new product for pulling out trees, posts, shrubs and vines.
9/13/2012
New burn barrel alternative provides safer, smarter home and garden burning for homeowners.
8/2/2011
Blount, the world’s largest manufacturer of saw chain, announces the launch of the new OREGON PowerNow 40V MAX* Cordless Chainsaw.
9/30/2011
Designed with professional features and priced to be affordable, the new fuel-efficient STIHL BR 200 backpack blower helps clear leaves, grass clippings or other debris from the yard.
8/10/2011
KIOTI Tractor is pleased to announce the expansion of their popular implement and attachment lines.
4/27/2011
Hoelscher Commercial Products announces a new product for pulling out trees, posts, shrubs and vines.
7/13/2011
The new FSA 65 and FSA 85 grass trimmers, the latest products available for the 36-volt STIHL Lithium-Ion battery technology system, deliver fuel savings, time savings and environmental benefits for gasoline-free trimming applications.
10/10/2012
Do you love showing off your FarmTek products? Think you're using them in a unique and interesting way? FarmTek would love to see!
12/19/2013
Tiny plastic beads in cosmetics are found in the Great Lakes, putting fish and human health at risk.
4/2/2014
The Blacked-capped Chickadee, a frequent visitor to backyard bird feeders, loses a surprising amount of weight each night. Don't try this diet!
1/5/2013
On a snowy winter morning, the kitchen table becomes the grand cathedral of a home. It is the place of family, song, wood fires, community and love as we wait for spring.
8/29/2012
Michael Johnathon is a folksinger, songwriter, author and playwright. He also created and hosts the weekly national broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, heard on over 509 public radio stations, American Forces Radio network in 173 nations. In this blog, Michael muses on discovering the joys of folk music and songwriting.
7/7/2011
Curtis Industries has introduced a line of Sno-Pro front end loader plow blades which offer major advantages over bucket plowing.
9/27/2010
Simran Sethi reflects on her first summer of yard-care and gardening.
7/4/2012
Talking about the back up generator failure along with recent golf cart modifications.
7/11/2012
Porch building tips along with deer pressure notes and golf cart pickup bed instructions.Throw in a 5 foot high chicken wire fence and a rare appearance from a normally camera shy cat named Strider and you've got an idea of what we've been up to.
9/11/2012
Making Music on the Front Porch ... let's define what the musical Front Porch is.
6/10/2013
Creating your own start-up is full of obstacles, but rewarding. MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader Jessica Vaughan shares advice from her experience as a first-time small business owner who teaches clients how to grow organic produce.
5/23/2013
In a recent study, researchers found that watching videos about wind farm-related illnesses made participants claim the same symptons.
5/2/2014
Monsanto's Roundup Ready system transformed typical weed problems into a national superweed crisis, only healthy farms can correct the damage done.
8/8/2011
“The Cleaner Plate Club” co-author Beth Bader shares an adventure to the farmers market with her daughter, her “eat local” food values, and her recipe for Lemongrass Tomato Soup.
11/19/2012
Help save this small family farm in Michigan, and stand up for our right to live sustainably!
10/16/2008
Sustainable farming expert Michael Pollan has some words of wisdom for the next president of the United States.
11/28/2010
In Japan, more and more people are combining farming with other work. My neighbors and I fit the pattern, but what's it all mean for the future of farming?
5/6/2011
A 30-acre organic and biodynamic farm is the beating heart of the thriving 1,000-acre Serenbe community near Atlanta. As more developers integrate agriculture into suburbia, the joys and benefits of farming are becoming available to everyone.
3/20/2009
Relax: HR 875 isn't a bill to outlaw organic farming, as you might have heard. But it's not exactly good news for pesticide-free producers, either. Here are the details.
3/19/2012
Watch a video of a traveling sheep shearer at work and tell us about small-scale farming artisans in your region.
3/27/2009
More on the much-feared food safety bill, HR 875, and its Congressional counterparts.
2/29/2012
As spring approaches the lawn surrounding your home will certainly begin to grow. With the New Lithium Powered Cordless Recharge Mower ULTRALITE, from Driven By Solar Inc., achieve beautiful manicured results without nasty fumes.
7/3/2012
Grapes can grow anywhere, thriving in a variety of climates and soil types. Growing grapes is rewarding, because after a few years they produce abundant fruit and quickly provide architectural interest in the edible landscape.
12/1/2010
Thoughts, experiences, and tips after a season of mowing with the propane-powered lawnmower.
9/19/2012
Soil Life is an all-natural, organic blend of microbes designed to enhance the nutritive value of soil in all growing conditions.
11/2/2012
Smaller version of the original Gardener’s Hollow Leg is perfect for picking dinner!
5/31/2012
Popcorn is easy to grow and makes an attractive and delicious alternative to sweet corn, especially in a small garden. Kids will love the cute little ears, and adults will treasure the superior flavor of homegrown popcorn. Plant in late spring.
3/1/2012
Now, when one tumbler is full and ready to start cooking, there is another tumbler ready to take in the raw compost.
6/6/2012
Crushing a truck, harvesting garlic, and fixing a broken flywheel shaft key are just a few of the things that got done over the last week at WaldenEffect.org complete with photos of all the juicy stuff.
9/26/2012
Folksinger Michael Johnathon is on tour nationwide. Visit his homepage: www.MichaelJohnathon.com
4/24/2013
A few months back I heard a comment on an NPR radio program that really caught my attention. The program was about the local food movement and at one point the guest on the show said, “Now remember - just because it’s local doesn’t necessarily mean it has a smaller carbon footprint. That Argentinian apple that was shipped on a barge with thousands of tons of other apples may actually have required less fuel per apple than the apple than came from a few hundred miles away in the back on a farmer’s pickup.”
2/18/2011
Once our bodies and our imaginations are engaged, the incremental change begins. Then it gets easier and easier to envision humanity occupying this planet–this beautiful, abundant planet–far into the future.
11/15/2011
Cover crops are grown between planting seasons as a way to give back to the soil what cultivation takes from it. And cover crops aren’t just for large-scale growers—they can help you get the most out of your backyard vegetable garden too!
5/31/2012
Introducing the serviceberry, a beautiful landscape tree or shrub suitable in much of North America, to the edible landscape. Serviceberry -- or sarvis -- comes in many regional forms and produces edible berries.
9/6/2010
Simran Sethi learns how to compost the right way and explores her composting options.
10/8/2012
Roses are easy to grow successfully if you follow a few guidelines: provide good air circulation around the canes and keep the plants clean and not too damp. Roses come in many forms, including bush or shrub, climbing, and miniature.
1/4/2012
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
1/7/2012
A little background on how Ric and Vicki moved from Detroit to a Tennessee homestead, and starting to get up to date on what they've done since.
1/16/2012
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
2/4/2011
While corporate progress toward sustainability may seem agonizingly slow, GreenBiz editors found plenty to cheer about in 2010--and believe 2011 will be a banner year for green initiatives.
1/12/2011
New investment in clean energy reached $243 billion last year, driven by soaring activity in China, offshore wind and European rooftop photovoltaics
5/5/2012
This is a true account of an end of life journey. A beautiful backyard Burial and all the steps that were taken in order to do it. This story is written in two parts, part two will be posted next week.
9/12/2012
When autumn brings a glut of orchard fruits, capture the goodness as juice by cooking extraction or cold pressing. Juices can be used alone or mixed to produce sweet or hard ciders, wines, syrups, and more.
12/2/2012
Growing some of the most delicious and sometimes expensive gourmet vegetables doesn't have to be hard. Artichoke, bronze fennel, kohlrabi, leek, and savoy cabbage are among the vegetables that grow well from seed.
8/22/2012
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
11/2/2011
How do you keep backyard chickens safe from poultry predators? With a bit of elbow grease and a few tips, your girls will be safe from sharp teeth.


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