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Rancho Margot in Costa Rica is completely off the grid and constantly closing the circle. Nothing is wasted on this self-sufficient ranch, where everything is considered a resource--including methane from the compost ovens.
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.
Cleaning up an old water heater just requires two simple tools.
Unit helps homeowners heat more space while slashing high hot water bills
Adjusting the timing of your water heater could help you increase energy savings.
When the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 passes (as expected) this summer, be prepared by learning what to expect when you buy a water heater, heating system, air-source air conditioner or heat pump.
There are many different ways to bring solar power into your home. Here's a quick overview of the different ways people use solar energy, with links to related articles and plans.
One reader learns how to grow seedless watermelons: A successful venture in growing juicy fruit that led her to question how much control we want over nature.
Weatherization Program Nearly Doubles Payback in One Easy Step with GE's new GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater
The GeoSpring hybrid water heater from GE continues its impressive run of firsts.
You can use the power of the sun to heat water for your home using manufactured solar hot water systems or one you build yourself.
Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Arizona celebrates national homesteading month with a display of solar ingenuity.
Heat Recovery innovator produces a safe hot water heating system kit for wood stoves.
We're lucky to be able to live the way we do, even when we feel like we're melting
talking about building a composting toilet and how well the Seed Swap went on Saturday. Hauling capacity of a golf cart compared to an ATV generated some useful and helpful comments regarding electricity vs internal combustion engines. No till works!
Three easy ways to compost in small spaces and with little effort.
Heating water with the sun is no longer an option on the Hawaiian islands. A bill was passed in Hawaii that requires all new homes to install a solar water heater in order to receive a building permit.
The tankless water heater new design adheres to our corporate philosophy of practicing the Three Rs; of Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
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.
Find out what types of federal tax incentives are available for homeowners who install renewable energy.
Find out how to enter our Solar Giveaway.
Learning to make fromage blanc or chevre takes minutes, but the rewards last a lifetime.
Learn how to waterproof fabric with these simple instructions for making tin cloth.
Smooth out the temperature range in your greenhouse by adopting one of these strategies for heating greenhouses.
Saving butternut squash seeds while using a sledge hammer and putting up a roof and planning a seed swap. Also planning a high density apple orchard with a new variety called Zestar.
Home urinals are catching on. First found in high-end homes, many people are installing them when building or retrofitting all types of homes.
CU user Shelby captures the beauty of the water falling on the rocks in this week's Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your photos every week at our CU photo-sharing website, and you could be the next Photo of the Week.
Hundreds of gallons of water can slip down the pipes if you own a leaky toilet. You can save water by checking for toilet leaks using simple tricks or by replacing your old model with a water saving-toilet.
Simran Sethi learns how to compost the right way and explores her composting options.
Keep chicken water clean with this innovative watering design.
Cam readily admits to being obsessed about his use of energy.
From switching out light bulbs to bundling up your water heater, environmental journalist, Simran Sethi, shares some simple and stress-free tips on how to save energy in your home.
Tips to help wildlife beat the heat with fresh water.
This posting discusses how the oceans stores heat and transports the heat to warm colder parts of the planet. The posting uses El Nino as an example on how warm ocean water can have a diverse effect on the climate in different regions of the planet.
Get tips on growing watermelons from the expert growers at Willhite Seed company, which offers dozens of unique watermelon varieties.
From our last post learning about the difference between large and small ponds let’s jump into the large (below ground) ponds to discover what happens to them and what makes each pond unique. We’ll see that the watershed has a great effect on the pond water quality and the pond inhabitants have an effect on each pond even the wildlife that visits our ponds pose some challenges.
Freezing compostable material creates five favorable conditions to speed the decomposition process along.
Learn more about making compost here.
Watermelon rind is this frugal pie's summery secret ingredient. Think of it as summer mincemeat.
Do you have trouble picking the perfect watermelon? It's not foolproof, but here are my tips to make choosing a good melon a little easier.
Save water from March 12-18, 2012 during Fix a Leak Week!
Publisher Bryan Welch doesn't make his living on the farm, which he says is a good thing. He writes about his steps and missteps in his first year using an automatic waterer for his cattle, and the first winter test.
These tips will help you keep your kitchen compost free of rotten smells and fruit flies.
The Aerobin 400 uses a patented aeration core inside an enclosed bin to promote aerobic break down of organic matter. The Aerobin 400 is easy to use - just open, drop in materials, and close.
Use a colorful radish variety and make great pickles.
Readers share their favorite garden irrigation methods.
Stan Slaughter discusses a method to produce vermicompost in large quantities yearround.
A mapping and assessment by the Electric Power Research Institute found that the U.S. hydrokinetic waterpower resources could provide 3 percent of the nation’s annual electricity use.
When Woods End Labs recently tested biodegradable plastics and found that most aren't compostable under home compost conditions, one reader (known as Eco-Oxo) wrote that Oxo biodegradable bags aren't designed to biodegrade under compost conditions. Woods End Labs is following up, taking the reader's suggestion and testing Oxo under the conditions Eco-Oxo recommends. This is Part 1 of the new test, where you can follow along and see how Oxo fares under different conditions.
Water conservation can help you save big on money and energy. Here are a few ways to help you conserve water at home by simply using water-efficient appliances.
Composting doesn't need to be complicated. It's time to throw out the guide book and start letting nature take its course. Meat? No problem. Bread? Don't worry about it. Human waste? Why not? It's easy!
Tips on how to construct a compost bin and what to include in them.
Bread baker Heather Alf shares her experiences baking quick breads. She includes a quick and healthy easy banana bread recipe.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributing editor and compost expert Barbara Pleasant provides some great homestead compost tips in celebration of Compost Awareness Week.
More than 15 tips for saving water inside your home and outside in your yard and garden. Reducing your water use will not only lower your water bills and help prevent water shortages during drought periods in your area. It also...
Talking about the new Chocolate Turkeys we saw on Saturday and how to properly plant into a kill mulch without doing much damage to the killing.
Simran Sethi explains her bathroom-remodel goals to conserve water.
What do you think of composting toilets and would you consider installing one?
Fragrant and round with a tart lemony bite, this Lemonade Watermelon Sorbet Recipe has the flavor and texture of ripe watermelon.
Many of us are seeking to discover a lifestyle in which not all of our needs are provided through the medium of monetary exchange. Don’t let misconceptions about what is necessary to a family-size farmstead discourage you in the search for that small rural acreage, reasonably priced, where you can begin to realize your dreams.
For the last week we had no propane and as a result I have had to cook all of my food on an electric skillet. Holy week usually involves a lot of baking in preparation for Easter Sunday.
This blog teaches readers how to make homemade Greek-style yogurt.
How to make a quick, healthy dessert on Three Kings Day.
Includes two recipes to enjoy over the holidays along with time saving tips.
A new study has found that biodegradable plastic's rapid rate of decomposition could cause the release of methane, a greenhouse gas. The study's authors suggest that petroleum-based products might be preferable. We need better alternatives than that.
If you strive to grow a garden that is beyond-organic, that relies on very few (if any) off-site products, and that saves you both money and work...deep organic gardening is for you!
Jessica Kellner, editor of Natural Home & Garden, is beginning research on electric in-floor radiant floor heating products as an efficient method of heating the new nursery.
Alma Hecht's renovated century-old cottage is artistic and beautiful--and it inspires her to create wonderful watercolor paintings. Her home is both an outlet and a source for her creativity.
Radiant floor heating may save energy in the average home, but for especially well insulated new houses, here's why it's probably not your best option.
When it's cold outside, who doesn't love a cozy fireplace or woodstove? Wood heat is a comfortable way to warm your home, and there are many reasons it's a practical choice, too.
High efficiency air source heat pumps are proving their worth for cold climate heating and cooling.
After only a few nights with a wood stove in the tipi, I've become happily addicted to warmth I have to work for.
You can use a solar hot-air collector to heat your home with renewable energy. Here’s more about how they work.
Although forced air is the most common form of home heat in North America it is far from ideal. This article explains why Building Biology regards the masonry heater as the ultimate heating system for health, comfort and ecology.
Two powerfully toxic herbicides, clopyralid and its close cousin, aminopyralid, persist in compost and endanger gardeners and the environment.
U.S. gardeners, organic farmers and commercial growers are reporting damaged or lost tomato crops from Milestone herbicide contamination.
Organic farming research has found that you can compost black walnut hulls successfully, despite the fact that they contain the toxic juglone compound.
Broadening your understanding of mold and mildew in the house will help you to eliminate this hazard to health and home value.
Here are some simple steps you can follow when setting up drip irrigation for row crops.
Use programmable watering timers in your garden to help you maintain a regular schedule, keeping your plants well hydrated with less work.
Have some fun in your garden this year and grow something giant!
The tale of my family’s barrel composter.
Human hair contains significant amounts of nitrogen and makes a great replacement for traditional fertilizers.
This post informs readers on the advantages of using whey in baking. It includes a recipe for whole wheat sandwich bread.
Our quest to make pasture egg collection more efficient.
How to build a small and super-efficient masonry heater out of fire bricks.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has started a global campaign to help reduce food waste worldwide.
One reader from central Oregon shares her personal encounter with killer compost laced with aminopyralic, a toxic chemical herbicide, and the affects it has had on her small organic farm. Read about her experience, and find out what you can do to protect your own farm or garden.
We've been warning you about aminopyralid-containing killer compost for quite some time. Now there's a new deadly herbicide on the market, Imprelis, and it's wreaking havoc in at least seven states.
FCX Oil-Fired Condensing Boilers, designed and manufactured by Geminox, provide a reliable and efficient alternative to non-condensing boilers. FCX Boilers feature a steel, non-condensing primary heat exchanger coupled with a stainless steel, condensing secondary heat exchanger.
Here are a few talking points that can help peacefully resolve home heating arguments.
This passive composting system creates beds of fertile soil through rotational composting.
Cam Mather tries out a battery-powered chainsaw at his off-grid homestead in Ontario.
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.
Composting doesn't have to be tough! Learn to make easy compost without the stress.
With a little bit of planning and DIY know-how, it is possible to thumb your nose at old-man winter and enjoy biogas in subzero temperatures.
Try these DIY methods to help warm up a cold basement.
Once built, this window-mounted heat grabber should give you years of dependable service.
Find the right type of insulation for a Solar Heat Grabber from MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Chicken Kooler keeps the water away from the chicken’s feet, where is can get filled with straw and dirt.
I ponder the benefits of, and experiment with, compost tea.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures, a division of ESAPCO, is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with Vermont’s AgriLab Technologies, a company specializing in heat capture and transfer from aerobic composting.
How to safely dispose of or make use of human waste is becoming a hot topic.
Although paper is a wood product, it's not always the best answer for mulch or compost.
Eating cicadas, building a porch, and hauling lumber for said porch all in the same week with several images of the action as well as some bee installation pictures.
Sigg apologizes for BPA-lined bottles and offers a bottle-exchange program.
Build a simple backyard barbecue pit with no more than a shovel and a good cover panel for your next barbecue party.
We're excited for the second annual Escape from Berkeley rally. Last year, MAX won the inaugural event from Berkeley to Las Vegas. This year, it's a run for the Mexican border!
From the Science Channel, watch the Brink TV show's spotlight on MAX and its victory in the Escape from Berkeley race.
Stephanie Tourles, author and Seven Springs, Pa., FAIR Speaker, shares how to make a delicious, ice-cold watermelon cooler. Refresh after a day in the heat with this super easy and nutritious drink.
Simran Sethi starts dreaming of spring gardening, with the goal of renewing her efforts to grow real food.
Simran Sethi teams up with two neighbors to "grow food, not lawns."
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
Whether or not it was devised by clever Mexican potato growers, the cheap, easy to build, and space-saving potato tower is a unique alternative to rows, barrels, and other methods for planting, growing, and bringing in your season's spuds.
A brief description of our experience with a masonry heater.
One of the easiest ways to bask and rejoice in the gifts of nature is to make and use a solar wall heater.
Weatherizing your home saves you money. Just a few simple changes can greatly reduce the amount of energy your home requires to stay comfortable. Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence fills you in on how to weatherize your home and collect stimulus money.
Here are the pros and cons of using south facing windows for home heating, rather than solar collectors.
Cam describes the zen-like state he achieves while splitting firewood.
The Gourmet Butcher explains the best ways to re-heat red meats.
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.
Prestyl USA’s customizable infrared art panels prove efficient, ecological & elegant.
Tulikivi provides a “green” cost-effective heating solution because it uses less wood to heat the same space than with a traditional wood burner.
Here's why a heat pump might be a good choice for your home.
How big a woodlot would I need to heat my home with wood for the entire winter?
September is here and I'm expecting the weather to break!
Heating with wood in a cast iron stove.
Last December, the Quimby family paid $1,100 to heat and power their Winthrop, Maine, farmhouse for the month. Something had to be done. Jeld Wen, manufacturer of energy efficient doors and windows, came to the rescue.
Things that come to mind while watching my husband and son work in this heat.
By observing the birds and wildlife we learn valuable lessons to apply to our lives.
In this posting we discuss the benefits of converting to renewable energy sources vs. the consequences of continuing to use fossil fuels.
Describes a method of keeping red wiggler worms active and productive outside throughout the winter. Describes a method of sheltering and heating the worms using an active compost pile for heat and clear plastic glazing for shelter.
About five years ago I started experimenting with biochar. I collected charcoal from my wood stove, crushed it in a tough plastic bag with the car and charged it by soaking it in compost tea.
Keep your garden safe by testing your organic materials for herbicide residue. A few simple tests can help you avoid harming your plants.
It's easy to overlook how useful grass clippings can be, but early fall is a great time to collect this valuable 'yard waste' to use in your garden as mulch.
It's freezing out - but that doesn't mean it's time to quit gardening. Learn how fall and winter are the key to next year's gardening success.
HOMEGROWN.org blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel of Dog Island Farm says keeping animals in the garden improves her soil and fights weeds and pests.
Building a nutrient rich, low water, drought resistant vegetable growing system.
Use autumn's bounty of fallen leaves to expand your garden, protect your plants and improve your soil.
The Sun Mar composting toilet uses a first of its kind technology to deliver a pollution free and sanitary product.
It has become a Christmas ritual for me to clean out my mother's fridge. I find whiskery gnarled morsels, shoved to the back of the fridge many months previously, unseen, and untouched by my mother’s arthritic hands. Do I compost all this detritus?
Facts on the links between weather and pumpkins and what you can do with leftover pumpkins.
Composting toilets add sustainability to a homestead because they use zero water to flush. The waste from compost toilets are safe to add to compost piles. Additionally, it is handy that they don't require connecting to a septic system. This article describes two brands of composting toilets.
Pasteurizing your own compost can protect your new seedlings from damping-off and harmful bacteria.
Using wood ash in the garden can be beneficial for raising the soil pH of your garden soil. These tips will help you know when to use wood ash in the garden.
Taking a couple of extra steps before planting your crops will help ensure healthy garden soil. Here’s how to prepare your garden for spring planting.
Learn more about how you can reuse waste water from your home.
It's true! You really can pump water to a higher elevation using nothing but water power.
Find out the easiest way to use greywater in your home.
Hiking The Ozarks' Lost Valley - Where getting lost is part of the fun! By Mike McArthy of Photozarks
Of our daily water use, 75 percent is consumed in the bathroom. Changing our habits can cut back on our use. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence advises on how to save water and energy in the bathroom.
The Start A Lie campaign challenges the idea of truth in advertising while targeting the bottled water industry.
Simran Sethi describes the choices she made for her eco-friendly kitchen remodel.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel shares her New Year's resolution for 2014: buying food directly from farmers.
What kind of mpg did MAX get in the race? How did Jack get fuel along the way? How much can you get for a t-shirt and a copy of Mother Earth News? Answers to these exciting questions inside!
MAX wins the Escape from Berkeley race!!
Read dozens of reports of reader's homesteading adventures.
MAX is hitting 60 mpg. That's better than a Prius, and before we get serious about streamlining.
MAX is encountering robust competition at Escape from Berkeley
Finding a company from an advertisement in Mother Earth News and how it benefited us. .
Steve explains a little about why he chose to install reclaimed cast-iron radiators, including a video tour of his installation.
The invention of clear window glass allowed the ancient Romans to trap solar energy to enhance their gardening techniques to grow vegetables out of season and exotic non-native plants in Rome. A thousand years later, empire builders in Europe rediscovered the trapping of solar heat with clear window glass so they as well could enjoy the foreign plants in their own back yard and grow native vegetables throughout the year.
To see how much solar heat could be trapped by glass, Horace de Saussure, in 1767 built a solar hot box that consisted of several glass sheets covering an insulated box. Solar heat accumulated in the solar hot box, reaching temperatures far above the boiling point of water
A blog about the joys of wood heat that covers comfort, energy savings, ecology and history of the trees and sustainable harvesting
Unforgettable Fire's Kimberly and Katydid wood stoves are heating solutions for any and all spaces.
Cam loves growing his own heat!
Providing the firewood to heat his home has become a pleasurable hobby for Cam Mather.
Being in control of your own home heating.
Cam hates to see good scrap wood go to waste and so he cuts it into kindling and has even started selling it!
WiseWay Pellet Stove is the first and only EPA-certified and UL-listed non-electric pellet stove on the market today. This pellet stove eliminates the need for electricity by using a gravity-feed natural draft to accomplish a high efficiency rating of 75 percent. It’s capable of heating up to 2,000 square feet and able to hold a fire up to 31 hours on a 40-pound bag of pellets. The stove is also mobile home approved.
The Snail, the winner of Electrolux Design Lab 2010 Competition, saves both energy and space by heating food with magnetic induction.
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
Have you thought about adding more insulation to your home to reduce your energy bills? Here are some good places to go for more information.
Senator Bernie Sanders’ new bill would promote installation of 10 million new rooftop solar energy systems and 200,000 solar hot water heating systems in the United States in the next decade.
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
Heat Holders keep in the heat in your feet.
How having a rhythm and routine assists in accomplishing difficult tasks.
In order to maintain an internal body temperature of 98.6 F, the body perspires or sweats. As the sweat evaporates off the skin it cools the body. The trouble starts when the humidity is so high that the air is saturated with moisture and sweat drips off of you rather than evaporating. My method for avoiding Heat Stroke is called Getting Grounded in the Garden.
How I have gone full circle from coal heat, heat pump to wood heat.
If you’re a market gardener battling the heat, you’ll want to check out these great tips for keeping yourself and your crops cool.
This describes how older individuals can take steps to keep themselves cool on very hot days.
Do you have a woodstove or pellet stove at home? We’d like to hear more about your experiences with woodstoves and any tips you may have for heating with wood.
Energy-efficient home comfort product makes central HVAC systems and auxiliary heating and cooling appliances more effective.
Watering 800 berry plants and 300 peach trees is essential in this oppressive heat!
Heat Holder thermal socks are the perfect gift for dads on the go.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently released a report discussing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and its possibility as an energy solution.
I feed and water my compost “pets,” and they do the same for my plants.
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.
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.
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.
Compost happens, yes. But if food scraps are thrown into a pile and left to rot, a hot smelly mess may be taking over. That’s because the process of composting is a symbiotic relationship between carbon and nitrogen. Or at our home, cardboard and food scraps.
Building a layered bed to develop organic material in the soil, hold moisture and decrease the amount of work.
Gardeners in certain regions frequently ask about how to improve clay soil. Lighten up your heavy clay soil by using organic matter, sand and other soil conditioners.
A basic recipe for making compost tea.
Tips on ways to use fallen leaves in the fall.
Tips on what to do with leftover pumpkins during the autumn season.
Tips on how to compost, what is composting and reasons why you should compost.
NativeEnergy, an innovator in the United States carbon market, today launched its year-long 10-Year Anniversary program.
NativeEnergy, an innovator in the United States carbon market, today launched its year-long 10-Year Anniversary program.
Mulch, like compost, plays an important role in organic gardening. To maximize the flavor and nutrition of your produce, learn how to use and balance the characteristics of various organic materials when mulching.
A simple, low maintenance compost toilet that makes instant fertilizer by separating solids (worm food) from liquids (fertilizer, ready-to-use). Two chambers allows one to compost while you make deposits in the the other.
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
Don’t let the cost of gardening keep you out of the dirt this year. Cheap gardening can be fun and easy. With these tips for gardening on a budget, you’ll save on seeds, make your own fertilizer and impress your friends with your gardening know how.
Tips for keeping your summer garden producing at top output. This is the time of year that warm season crops are at their peak. These 7 tips will give you continued bountiful harvests through the heat.
Protect and enjoy our nation’s 70,000 miles of rivers during National Rivers Month.
Tips for water conservation during a drought.
Try to get clean water and wanting simple bottling options with the purity. Most of the experts in water say you need a countertop water filtration system. Which one is the way to go? This story shows you one option but seems to be kicking it up.
March 10-16, 2013 is National Groundwater Awareness Week and groundwater provides over 40 percent of U.S. population with drinking water. You can protect water quality at home by conserving water.
describing the upcoming fun photo contest with the theme being chickens and the fun they either have or give. Figs and more figs are at the heart of the obsession.
Sensor Plug update along with a report on Sunflowers being used as a cover crop and when to properly harvest onions.
Clean up your garden now and plant cover crops that will protect your garden soil through the winter and provide compost and mulch material for next year.
Top bar hive modifications, turkey traps, and gourmet potatoes are just a few of the topics covered in the past week of blogging we've been up to. Homesteading healthcare and a new virtual book club round off the week with several reader comments.
KOR Water has announced the reusable Nava filtering water bottle.
Green-building company PM Architecture recently put out a slide show about the negative aspects of buying bottled water.
Energy expert Dan Chiras shares the technique of conserving water with a two-gallon bucket.
Learn how one person is celebrating her birthday by raising money to bring clean water to those who need it.
Most stock tanks aren’t designed to prevent the water from freezing. The tanks have no insulation, and the large area of water exposed to air doesn’t help either. Livestock owners frequently us a floating electric tank heater. But there’s a better (and less expensive) solution — solar livestock water tanks.
The average American uses twice as much water as the rest of the world. We can lower our consumption by taking a look at how we eat, shop, travel and live. (Taking shorter showers isn't even the half of it.)
Don't miss Blue August, a month-long event with special programming from Planet Green that will motivate you to become more aware of the world's oceans.
This simple, low-tech method of disinfecting water with solar energy can be a lifesaver when safe drinking water isn't available.
A new report released at World Water Week in Stockholm last Thursday states that nearly half the world's food (and therefore large quantities of water) is mindlessly wasted.
Hundreds of disease-causing chemicals could be lurking in your tap water thanks to outdated federal laws.
Beware. I’m stepping up on the soapbox for a minute.
I envision this chandelier—made entirely of items recovered from the recycling bin—hanging over a dining table on the patio. Making it is a pretty big project, though, and I would have to call in a friend with a jigsaw to help. (I don’t have the tools—or skills—that former Natural Home & Garden art director Susan Wasinger, who dreamed up this project, does.) Aside from the saw, the materials for this one are simple: used baby-food jars, a few yards of twisted wire, a couple repurposed barrel hoops and a length of rusty chain. And happily, I can make the “lite” version–pretty votive holders—which lets me stop before power tools are needed.
With a few simple tips, you can transform the leaves overtaking your yard into valuable, nutrient-dense compost, mulch or leaf mold.
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
Keep your greenhouse above freezing during short cold periods without paying for a heater.
Having a “green home” means lots of different things. What does it mean to you?
Henry Red Cloud moved back to the Pine Ridge Reservation 12 years ago and started looking into renewable energy. Since then he has started a solar heating system company and a renewable energy training center to serve the Native American community.
Let's dream a little dream of green home improvement, without worries about funding.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems rely on the earth’s constant underground temperature of 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to provide comfortable indoor climates. The technology works in any size or style home, in nearly any setting on earth.
Cam describes why his method of harvesting firewood from his woodlot is the most sustainable way.
Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw properly with a file and guide
Find out whether a wood pellet stove is right for you, and discover the best stove to buy.
With winter beginning, these homesteaders are starting winter off cozy in their cabin.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Thaddeus Christian discusses the best firewood for your wood-burning furnace so you can enjoy wood heat all winter.
Taking a bath in the winter takes a little more planning at our off-grid, no-plumbing home.
Make your home more energy efficient with Indow Windows Shade Grade.
Tips for saving energy at home while trying to stay cool.
Elmira Stove Works offers distinctive, superior quality appliances with its innovative line of Fireview cookstoves.
Traditional Appliances Make a Comeback
B&R Automation announces partnership to serve renewable energy industry in US and Canada.
The EcoAire is designed to be installed in much the same fashion as a window air conditioner and just as easily.
Cam is handling this heatwave much better thanks to his solar-powered air conditioner!
This posting will discuss the relationship of weather and climate and how global warming affects this relationship to trigger climate change
Tips on how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
A lesson learned in not counting your chickens before they're hatched
This is the last of a series in home and energy options available to us. It is a short summary of all of the choices we have when designing a new home on or off grid that will benefit your energy use.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is seeking readers’ stories of home-based businesses, and we’ll pay $50 for each story we use.
MAX debuts by taking the checkered flag of the 800+ mile, no gasoline consumed, Escape from Berkeley race.
Who the heck is Paul Goodman? The car-free visionary who inspired a new documentary and bicycle contest.
Addition to our family and our homestead. Echo a GSD with a new chance at life in his furever home.
Use an old aluminum can and branch trimmings to make a rustic and beautiful vase. This simple project using humble materials costs nearly nothing and looks like a million bucks.
A Berkeley, California, artist has outfitted a dumpster with all the amenities--including granite countertops and hardwood floors--in his mission to "break down what a house should be."
Here are some ways we use natural materials to improve our garden and orchards.
Using leaves in the garden will boost the soil’s organic matter.
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.
We produce wonderful, organically approved soil products for the independent garden centers.
After a completely miserable potato harvest this year we’ve decided to pull them out of the ground and do them in boxes made out of pallets. That way we can use weedblock under them to eliminate the whole bindweed issue. So today, the boxes went up.
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.
Managing compost now allows for more productive use the following season.
Our guest blogger is positively enchanted by the convenience, not to mention the benefits, of keeping worms in the garden.
It pays to spend time preparing your garden for winter. You can improve your soil, increase your harvest, decrease garden pests and make next spring's planting much easier.
Michelle Corbett's grandmother and great-grandmother taught her to use a natural compost consisting of eggshells and coffee grounds.
Describing how to look up tax maps, cutting carrots, and deleting problem tomato plants that only produce insipid fruit. The main attraction this week is our Power Plucker review and how awesome this new product is at saving time when plucking.
Putting a new roof on a mobile home and harvesting the worlds biggest sweet potato while growing for the first time Par-cel cutting celery and hauling horse manure from our parking area back to the garden.
Announcing an opportunity to get Anna's new Ebook for free today at Amazon on the subject of homesteading in a mobile home otherwise known as a trailer.
Summing up the last week of activity by hitting on a few key stories that might prove note worthy to a few of the homesteading folks out there complete with photo montage of golf cart jousting and aquaponic trout.
Rain gardens provide many benefits including filtering out pollutants and keeping runoff out of city storm sewers.
A simple, practical and easy option for priming seasonal water systems.
Because county health departments and public water systems check only for a few contaminants, homeowners are advised to test their own water, an inexpensive and simple solution for peace of mind.
Try these simple actions at home that can help reduce water pollution.
Tips on how to protect naturally-beneficial estuaries.
High-efficiency washers save energy, water and money with every load. And with the average household washing 400 loads per year, those savings add up.
The Rainwater Hub is an entirely new answer to the limits of traditional downspout diverters and rain barrel systems. The Rainwater Hub distributes rainwater up to 150 feet through regular garden hoses.
Wise sprinkler usage will conserve water while maintaining your attractive lawn.
June is National Rivers Month! Help protect your local waterways with these simple tips.
The EPA continues to fight a six-year battle against White House and Pentagon officials about drinking-water standards.
Spot an algal bloom, snap a photo, enter to win great prizes!
Ready for summer recreation? Hit the water safely during National Safe Boating Week.
Captured rainwater off of roofs can save money and water use.
A hippie in the 1980s who demonstrated for a clean environment, particularly water, now owns an online water filter business where she shares her views about the scarcity and fragility of water, the toxins dumped in it and what we can do about it.
Find the best reusable water bottle for you. Whether it is plastic, steel, aluminum or glass, using a reusable water bottle helps the environment. The $11 billion bottled water industry takes a toll on our environment. Here is a list of reusable bottles that could end your bottled water habits.
Rice Intensification uses less water and fewer seedlings to produce greater yields of rice, which helps both poor farmers and the environment.
We claim to live sustainably if we can harvest or extract the earth’s resources without depleting or permanently damaging them. By that standard, no one in a country that devours coal, oil and water—and uses up a quarter of the earth’s resources—can live sustainably.
The Viking Pure 1000 processes 25 gallons of water.
While garden hoses may leach some chemicals into the water flowing through them, there’s little reason to think it’s a serious health issue.
Thoughts on managing an event with lots of people and having minimal or no trash.
Get a glimpse of some of the unique exhibitors at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
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.
Humanure management for maximum nutrient secuestration and minimum resource loss.
Sales for Simple Pump, a hand-operated well pump, have tripled compared to the same time last year, as word about its versatility, reliability and durability have spread.
The EPA will regulate perchlorate and other toxic chemicals--but you may want to consider water filters in the meantime.
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!
We use more water than we need in our homes every day. If you’re curious to know how much water your own home might be wasting, check out this infographic on U.S. residential water consumption from eLocal.com.
Steve shares an approach he installed at a friend's place for easing the burden of priming seasonal water systems
A new film called 'Behind the Water' is an engaging story of the men and women searching to find clean water. The film takes viewers on a wild ride through some of the world’s most rural and restricted areas, many captured on film for the first time.
Simran Sethi interviews Tom Kostigen about water waste and conservation.
Bake those tart cherries dangling from your backyard tree into sweet and tasty fruit pies. Here's how to make fresh cherry pie without stressing about the perfect pie crust.
Mother has always known best, and these tips for reusing what would otherwise be garbage are as relevant today as they were in 1970.
Patty Bouillon started a Facebook group to connect tornado victims with photos after she found an ultrasound photo among the debris swept in by last month's tornadoes. Her account is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time
Talking about carrying in the red roofing tin the old fashioned way due to a broken golf cart and some very muddy conditions. The refrigerator root cellar continues to prove itself as an experiment that seems to be working so far.
When you get home, go to your hot water heater, remove the cover and turn it down to 120 degrees (sometimes labeled “hot” as opposed to “very hot”).
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
Simran Sethi discusses easy (and free) ways to reduce your water footprint.
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.
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.
A three-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
We discuss the role of ocean currents in preventing a runaway thermal imbalance on our planet. We also discuss the impact on the climate when the ocean currents are shut down or reverse course.
Michael Morley is posting regular updates about his progress building a unique green home with structural insulated panels (SIPs). Here he talks about HVAC work and installing windows.
When one of her goats starts looking for love for the first time, and hollering her little head off, Angela has to do some quick thinking to keep her precious pets from becoming that night's dinner!
During the exceptional heat & drought in Texas this summer BeeWeaver worked hard to just keep hives alive... no honey, no divides.
Describes a method of protecting tomatoes from excessive heat using a sunscreen, vermicompost tea, pulling blighted leaves.
Breaking down the last week of homesteading we've done over at WaldenEffect.org, and the Top Bar project we started as well as talk on Brix, biodynamics, and Plant Secondary Metabolites. Also have details on an external frame backpack modification.
A unique contest challenges people to hand-pump more water in one minute than a 64-year-old grandmother can.
Going to the beach? Get real-time info on Great Lakes beach water quality, weather and water conditions.
Water filter supplier offers recommendations to avoid radiation contamination following the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster.
Protect our water supplies during National Groundwater Awareness Week by saving water at home: www.earthgauge.net/?p=23794
Learn the parts of a pond’s watershed and the differences between aboveground and belowground ponds to determine which pond type is the best for your property.
Home experiment reveals tomato seedlings started in water heated in a microwave do not grow well. How different are we from plants?
There are weeds in the pond, what to do and what to use. A description of what to do with pond weeds and how to manage them with the various pond weed tools available on the market and a description on how they work. In this article we do not discuss chemical treatments and stick to natural methods.
Planting a water-smart garden with native plants can help you save water when temperatures heat up.
Show us how you take a second to conserve water!
You can create refreshing-flavored waters and sodas right from your backyard. Homemade waters and sodas are easy, cost effective and healthy.
Expecting our third child any day, I went into labor the afternoon of July 27th. Almost 12 hours of labor later, the contractions stopped. I was starting to lose all trust I had in my body and the birthing process. This is Part 2 of Nathalia's story.
Tips on how to improve lakeshore habitat conditions by reducing nutrient pollution.
Filtering tap water instead of buying plastic bottles helps my family’s carbon footprint—and bottom line.
Tips on how to clean up after a hurricane.
November 11-17, 2012 is Geography Awareness Week and the theme is 'interdependency' this year.
Tips on how saving energy this fall and winter can help reduce nutrient pollution in water bodies.
Tips on how to protect water quality with phosphate-free cleaning projects during spring cleaning.
Tips to save energy and water during the holiday season.
Tips on how to protect local wildlife and water bodies during the spring thaw.
Productive urban landscapes, if managed correctly, can reduce pollution in local watershed.
This year's Blog Action Day topic is water, and thousands of bloggers around the world are joining together to provide valuable information, increase awareness and help readers learn more about the state of water, why they should care, and what they can do to help.
One of the realities of country life is having to get your septic tank pumped every few years.
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been in the news constantly for the past two months, and all the new developments can be a bit overwhelming. Here's a comprehensive update to help you keep everything straight.
Tips on how to be smart about salt this winter and protect water quality.
Dole, with 2009 net revenues of $6.8 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and is the leading producer of organic bananas and producer/shipper of organic pineapples.
Explanation of what bioretention systems are and how they are used to reduce and filter storm water runoff.
Tips on how to calculate your nitrogen footprint.
May is American Wetlands Month. Find out the many environmental benefits of wetlands and find out how you can help protect them!
Natural cleanup methods for the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, such as using hair and hay to absorb oil on the water surface, are beginning to spark interest in the United States.
Cool bees are more productive than bees that have to work at keeping cool. Here's several ways to help your bees keep cool this summer.
How to revitalize your potting soil for another strong vegetable season. You can use your own compost and homemade fertilizer to give your container veggies the boost they need for the season.
How to define an egg shed? Let’s look at the definition of watershed to give the egg shed concept more shape. A watershed is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as: “The area of land where all of the water that is under it, or drains off of it, goes into the same place”. Based on the definition of a watershed, an egg shed could be defined as: the eggs produced within a certain distance that go to a specific place. That place could be your kitchen.
Description of garlic planting on a two-year cycle: from tiny topset bulblets, to large single bulbs, to large heads.
Explains the benefits of organic fertilizers such as rock phosphate, kelp, fish meal and greensand, and tells you how to get buy these materials at reasonable prices.
Taking care of compost is essential to healthy soil and good food.
I say compost, you think of rotting food, dirt, flies and a horrible smell. For that reason most people wont' even consider composting at home.
Now, when one tumbler is full and ready to start cooking, there is another tumbler ready to take in the raw compost.
Propelling a vehicle with air or water is possible, but whether it’s practical is another story.
The Niagara Conservation Corporation has developed a new pressure-assisted toilet, the Stealth, which uses even less water than your standard pressure-assisted toilet.
Keeping goats inside during nasty weather isn't easy, but it's worth the time! Dealing with sick goats, fever and runny noses isn't fun, so taking precautions makes things much easier.
Earth floors are a durable, versatile and attractive option for new homes and renovations alike.
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.
After the kidding is over, we take good care of our girls! And, the babies need to be bottle fed, so here are the instructions on how we feed our kids.
Wood is our source of heat for the winter, as are sweaters and hats!
Eggs aren't the only things that come from the business end of a chicken. But with a little time and materials, and even less ingenuity, the rest can set you up with a free and steady supply of valuable organic fertilizer.
Missouri farmer and HOMEGROWN Life blogger Bryce Oates tackles the Enbridge Flanagan South Pipeline, which would cross 1 mile from his area's water intake.
Plant life along small streams starts a food chain that stretches all the way to the ocean.
This post is about our water cisterns and what we use them for. It also contains a caution that many local governments would like to tell you what you can and can't do with rainwater.
Whether you’re traveling or staying home, try these tips for a healthy & environmentally-friendly Thanksgiving. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33317
Headwater streams are small streams or tributaries that carry water from the upper reaches of a watershed to a river.
Keeping your pond healthy and its inhabitant healthy can be a challenge, but knowing the basic steps to a healthy ecosystem can keep the pond alive for years, even reverse the aging process. Let’s look at two highly recommended tools for pond maintenance, aeration and beneficial pond bacteria.
Don't let the spring invasion by algae aggravate the enjoyment of your pond.
Cage culture of fish has several sustainable techniques to consider adapting for a more innovative approach.
Why manual water pumps are making a comeback and how to select the right type for a homestead.
MetLife Stadium is reducing waste, saving energy and saving water. Take a page from their playbook. www.earhgauge.net/?p=33964
Chase down household leaks and fix them to save water and money during the Earth Gauge #FixALeak Week.
Explore ways to reduce both your direct and indirect water footprint. Reducing your water footprint could make a huge different to both the environment and finances.
The Drought Pod experiment assists growing tomatoes in drought.
Use a hand water pump to compress air for filling tires without electricity.
We have slowly replaced out dated fixtures and the Rialto toilet was the final step in getting more environmentally compliant.
Tips on how to prevent soil compaction on your lawn and reduce water pollution!
We'd like to hear about projects you have planned that will help you save energy, save water or otherwise make your home greener.
Installing a rain gauge can help determine how much water your plants really need.
Tips on how to properly maintain your home's septic system.
An explosion at a British Petroleum oil rig has caused a massive and growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Lousiana coast. Here is an account of where the spill stands at the moment.
Tips on how to dispose of pet waste properly for National Dog Day!
Experiences building a water-saving bath house out of salvaged logs.
Tips on how to save energy, water and fuel at home and on the road in 2013!
Tips on how to conserve water in the fall with weather-based irrigation controllers.
Check out how millions of gallons of water can be saved by Aug. 11, 2009!
Receives SRCC OG300 certification on 41 system configurations for residential solar water heating systems.
Tips on how to take part in citizen science projects during the fall!
Tips on how to keep water away from your home and water damage prevention.
Tips on how to save water at home and protect water quality during National Water Quality Month.
Quirky behaviors involving shaving, moisturizing, socks and water conservation!
Tips on how to protect yourself form harmful algal blooms.
Michael Morley will post regular updates about his progress building a unique green home with structural insulated panels (SIPs). Here, he discusses options for installing a colored concrete floor, and considering whether to install a solar hot water system.
Four of the requirements honey bees need to thrive, no matter where they live, or what type of shelter they have, or what kind of management they have, or don't have.
Tips on how green roofs can benefit your wallet and the environment!
Enter the Take a Second contest and win great prizes! http://takeasec.org/
Chaya is one of the most delicious greens you've never tried. Learn to grow and enjoy this wonderful perennial!
A gravity watering system can consist of a cistern to save roof top rain water and elevated tanks to gravity feed this water to your garden. As climate change makes rain less predictable, you can both water your garden and help save ground water.
During National Ground Water Awareness Week next week, let's bring attention to what natural gas drilling is doing to our ground water supplies.
Leaves are a valuable source of mulch and fertility within the permaculture garden.
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
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
Learn about advertising-induced fear of an innocuous, food-grade substance, vinegar. Plus, get interesting information about vinegar being used for bioremediation of extremely dangerous chemicals.
Don’t miss these featured documentaries showing on PBS’s Earth Day programming.
Dan Chiras and other energy experts envision a future powered by a combination of renewable energy resources, including wind and solar.
Tiny plastic beads in cosmetics are found in the Great Lakes, putting fish and human health at risk.
HOMEGROWN blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel outlines strategies for responsible drought gardening in her home state of California--or anywhere.
Pickled garlic is both delicious and easy to make. Ever wondered why pickled garlic turns blue? Find out here!
Chinese water chestnuts are a delicious nutty root that are also easy to grow. Learn more in this article!
This posting will discuss how clouds, volcanoes and water vapor effect the climate.
Cam has had to learn lots of new skills living in his off-grid home!
This week's post is a guest submission by Kaitlin Rose from Bring Birth Home. She writes about preparing for a home birth, and why it's truly DIY.
As my birthing day draws near, I am settling in and nesting and preparing our home for the upcoming birth by gathering birth supplies, essentials and creating my birth space.
In this posting we discussing how both the surface and bottom water ocean temperatures are rising along the East Coast of the United States. We also discuss the consequences to this rising water temperature.
Liza Fleischer was a suburbanite through and through when she met her husband, Ted, who she says was "born 100 years too late." Now they live in a solar- and hydro-powered hand-built home on 160 acres in Vermont--and she loves it.
One of the first steps to building our homestead in Texas was to get water and electricity on the property so we had the basics from which we could build. This blog discusses how we implemented the first phase of our utilities.
This posting discusses how deforestation increases global warming and ocean acidification. It also discusses the role of deforestation in triggering severe flooding,aquifer depletion, soil degradation and animal and plant extinction.
Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Houses highlight energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality and great new green materials.
Costs associated with providing your own water.
An introduction to my current pregnancy with Baby #3 and plans for a second homebirth. Details of my seventh month and thoughts on the gender of our baby.
Our third child arrived the night of July 30, 2012. After many weeks of waiting and 12 hours of labor that stalled, we welcomed our daughter Nathalia Christine earthside. This is Part One of our birth story.
The final result of a reporting a water violation and having a creek restored.
A Birth Altar is a space that will become a power symbol of one's birth. I have begun creating my birth space and bringing together objects that will become my collection of strength during my home birth.
Do easy ways to save money exist? Absolutely! Blissful saving is only a trip to the bulk section away! When you get home from the store, keep track of your finances on Mint.com; then look for Groupon's daily deal. Search the house for unused items and sell them on eBay. Use these tips to start saving today!
This year I took several liberties in developing a new version of salsa verde. I don't grow tomatillos so I use green tomatoes. I won't call it salsa verde (except on the lids of my jars), because it isn't authentic. But let me tell you, it is GOOD. Here is Annie’s Green Tomato Salsa Recipe good for use when water bath canning.
Scott Davis’ “Solar Projects, Big and Small” video offers inspiration for both solar energy enthusiasts and folks who are just curious. Tips and advice pertaining to solar energy can be found at the Yahoo! group Simply Solar, and you can make your dream project a reality with Gary Reysa’s instructions.
Simran Sethi writes about choosing eco-friendly paints, tiles, and other aspects of her renovated bathroom.
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.
Bring back bottle-cutting! This contemporary candelabra, which gives new life to beautiful blue mineral water bottles, will make you rethink that old '70s craft.
Summing up the last week of mostly frozen stuff except for a brief thaw.
A new study has uncovered a link between food and environmental allergies and chemicals found in pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural products and drinking water.
Our process of buying the land for our homestead had little to do with logic and a lot to do with emotion. For me, it was a chance to return to the plains where I grew up and be close to family.
Comly Wilson, Associate with CleanEdison, a solar installation training provider, offers her tips to remedy 6 common mistakes solar PV installers make when setting up new photovoltaic systems.
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
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.
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
There's honey in the hive, peaches on the trees, and food on the table, but it's still a long way from self-sufficiency.
Discover the Ozarks region's natural beauty and adventure hot spots as told by Mike McArthy of Photozarks.
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.