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7/27/2012
Even we homesteaders must decide how we interact with our animals and the environment. When we follow Nature's rules by developing old-time virtues, our lives are enriched with connection to everything around us.
9/17/2012
We received another great review of a successful Homesteading Education Month event. Read about a well-received sustainability fair in South Dakota.
9/19/2012
Autumn is very busy at Stony Knolls Farm between the Common Ground Fair and Fall Goat School!
10/5/2011
I realize that if I provide an example for the pursuit of fairness in the world I will be inviting dissent. But maybe an idealistic endeavor, like the international Fair-Trade movement, can at least illustrate the aspiration toward fairness.
6/7/2013
Green building guru Lloyd Kahn recounts his favorite new discoveries from the Puyallup, Wash., MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
5/8/2013
Have you ever dreamed of taking your part-time homestead to a full-time salary? What's holding you back? Business books say most people are more afraid of success than failure.
2/23/2011
Learn more about the upcoming Vetter Fuel Economy Challenges.
7/2/2012
Google’s unofficial motto, “Don’t Be Evil,” could be expressed as easily in the positive, “Be Fair.”
2/28/2012
After a recent talk I gave in San Francisco, a man raised his hand and asked me how I could distinguish between “human slavery and animal slavery.” Now there’s a provocative question.
2/21/2012
Fairness is not so much a standard to be achieved as it is a criterion to be interpreted and applied. We strive for fairness, even though it can’t be clearly defined, much less perfected. In the striving, I think we create a better world.
3/6/2012
We’ll be actively engaged in this inquiry for the rest of our lives. It’s a great project, improving the fairness of how we live. It has captured our imaginations.
4/24/2012
Our writers sometimes criticize the system, but everyone understands that the system makes our existence possible. And the more successful our company is within the system, the more influential our work becomes. That's fair, I think.
5/2/2012
Beyond salary and benefits are the more abstract but equally important elements that make an employee feel valued.
9/23/2010
The 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, is almost here! Follow this blog for news, photo and video from this FAIR and future events.
9/29/2010
Grit Assistant Editor Caleb Regan chats with two attendees at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Penn., about their experiences at the event.  
9/29/2010
Catnip isn’t just fun for cats; kids can have fun learning about it, too. It’s also a hoot to sing about various catnip uses! Watch and see.  
9/29/2010
An attendee at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Penn., speaks to GRIT Assistant Editor Caleb Regan about his experience surviving on little more than kefir and common weeds for 40 days.    
9/29/2010
Listen to the garden song and watch as kids dance along and imagine all the fabulous things beautiful gardens can contain!  
9/29/2010
How do plants help people? How do people help plants? Find out by watching these two nifty videos.  
10/8/2010
You can take a survey about the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa., Sept. 25 to 26, 2010.
10/8/2010
We would like to thank these companies for donating prizes to the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
10/18/2010
Students from Chatham University's food studies program discuss their interests and goals at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
11/30/2010
Author, activist and co-founder of Global Exchange Kevin Danaher gives a presentation about the bright future of green jobs at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
12/7/2010
TV show host and author Wanda Urbanska talks about techniques for simple and happy living at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
12/7/2010
Author and food and farm advocate Gary Paul Nabhan gives a presentation on how we can change our food habits to become more sustainable at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
2/1/2010
The Fair Tracing Project’s digital tracking technology supports fair trade by providing a stream of information to consumers.
2/22/2011
We sat down for an interview with James Duft, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair Planner and Programming Manager. Read about what you can expect to see, do and participate in if you attend the upcoming Fair in Puyallup, Wash. Sheep dog training, cheese making, bread baking and antique tractors await!
8/31/2009
We want to hear your county or state fair stories: What did you enter this year? How did you do? If you're still waiting for yours, what are you preparing to enter?
2/20/2013
Trade as One, a company that makes it easy for consumers to build ethical products into their lifestyles, is launching a one-of-a-kind fair trade food subscription service.
9/25/2010
Editor in Chief Cheryl Long recounts her journey from the airport to Seven Springs for the FAIR.
9/26/2010
Some ramblings from a 5:30am Sunday morning dispatch about the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, on site. Written from condo rental bed.
9/26/2010
I noticed, as I walked the FAIR yesterday, a broad section of America.
9/26/2010
Fresh out of jury duty, Mandy Dobson of Cranberry Township, Penn., won tickets to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR via a Facebook contest.
9/26/2010
Take a look at these photos from around the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
9/26/2010
Online Video Editor Christian Williams conquers his fear of heights and offers a birds-eye view of the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
9/29/2010
Professor Culpepper of Lily of the Valley Herbs teaches a group of children to identify the various parts of a flower at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Penn.
9/30/2010
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Assistant Editor Heidi Hunt visits with Laurye Feller of the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
10/1/2010
GRIT Editor Hank Will talks to fairgoer Paul Gardner about saving tomato seeds at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
10/1/2010
GRIT Assistant Editor Caleb Regan chats with a representative of Nite Guard about his company's booth and his experience at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
10/1/2010
GRIT Assistant Editor Caleb Regan talks to two representatives from Shelf Reliance about their experiences advertising their company at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
10/1/2010
GRIT Assistant Editor Caleb Regan talks to a representative of the Mother Earth Resources Co-Op, one of the sponsors of the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, about his company's vision and the reception he's gotten from fairgoers.
10/5/2010
A presenter shows the audience the proper way to skin a rabbit at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
10/13/2010
Charlotte Kymer talks about her time at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
10/18/2010
John Rockhold, managing editor of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, talks about the recycling effort of staff and volunteers at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
10/19/2010
A representative of the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association demonstrates how to make yarn from alpaca wool at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/24/2010
Here's why MAX won't be at the FAIR. Sorry.
5/2/2011
Give Mom a gift that offers fair wages and opportunity to people and communities in developing countries. There are now more Fair Trade products available than ever.
5/7/2009
This historical neighborhood, with a strong sense of community, offers the feeling of small-town living.
4/29/2010
Bounty is in the eye of the beholder — whether it be a bowl of perfect berries or millions of maple seeds.
9/13/2011
One woman's journey from life in urban America to a small town in Austria, then back to a suburban homestead in Dallas on which she tries her hand at keeping dairy goats.
3/11/2010
Keeping a garden journal helps you know which varieties you grew were successful, which were not and how much you harvested from each.
12/18/2009
For inspiration and education, take some time to peruse the hundreds of Modern Homesteading articles.
8/3/2010
All the hard work of planting, weeding and watering comes to fruition in a bowl of berries and a plate of golden potatoes.
7/31/2009
All of the work of readying the garden and waiting for it to produce is worth the wait once the harvest begins.
6/22/2009
The garden is growing better than I could have expected in the raised beds at my "new" urban homestead.
5/21/2009
Using natural products, such as grass clippings and homemade organic fertilizer, can turn the worst clay soil into an acceptable growing medium.
4/14/2009
Moving to an urban homestead is a challenge, but the boxes are getting unpacked and the birds are at the feeders.
4/1/2009
Making the move to a historical neighborhood will offer an opportunity to develop community ties and try some new gardening techniques.
4/23/2009
Creating new no-dig garden beds is easier and quicker with raised-bed stakes and two-by-six lumber.
4/22/2009
Here are a few helpful books on homesteading skills and old-time crafts.
7/14/2009
Farming isn’t a skill that can be easily learned from a book. Here’s some advice and a collection of resources to help you decide whether you’re ready to try your hand at it.
9/24/2011
The excitement at the FAIR is contagious, and our amazing volunteers are helping to keep it all running smoothly.
9/27/2010
We need a cloning machine workshop on top of all the plethora of other workshops organized at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR. Or maybe not ...?
10/1/2010
Jack McCornack tells the story of how he got lost in the Oregon outback and how MAX was damaged such that the DIY-, super-fuel-efficient car couldn't make it to the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
10/1/2010
The Herb Companion Editor KC Compton talks to Sebastian, a young fairgoer who is passionate about growing herbs at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/28/2010
Managing Editor John Rockhold chats with Jack McCornack — creator of MAX, the DIY and 100-mpg hopeful car — to get his post-FAIR thoughts.
4/29/2011
Celebrate and spread the word about Fair Trade food and products with a World Fair Trade Day breakfast on May 14.
11/15/2011
Do you know any modern homesteaders living a self-sufficient lifestyle? We want to know about them! Nominate a family, someone you know or even yourself to become one of our Homesteaders of the Year in 2012.  
9/25/2010
Kevin Danaher, the first keynote speaker of the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, proved an appropriate choice to kick off the event. His presentation, Green Jobs are the Future, was an upbeat assessment of what ordinary citizens can do to affect positive economic change.  It also reminded everyone gathered that in order “to save the eco-system, we must transcend the ego-system.”  
9/26/2010
Jessica Kellner, managing editor with Natural Home magazine, talks with Deborah Niemann-Boehle about how easy it is to make bread at home.
9/26/2010
GRIT Assistant Editor Caleb Regan checks in on U.S. Belted Galloway Society and its Belted Galloway heifer contest at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Penn.
9/26/2010
GRIT Assistant Editor Caleb Regan catches up with Jeremy McMasters of Indiana, Penn., who has come to the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR to learn more about grass-fed beef among many other things.
9/26/2010
Paul Carmichael of Lily of the Valley Herb Farm talks about his experience at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, including the top herbs and working with kids at the Treehouse Club.
9/27/2010
What do you get when you put a pack of attorneys, environmentalists, and politicians in the same room? According to Richard Schrader, legislative director for the National Resources Defense Council, a fighting chance to save the planet.
9/29/2010
Check out these photos of some of the animals that attended the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
9/28/2009
PriscillaWoolworth.com makes conscious shopping easier by selling a variety of green household products and fair trade items from around the world.
9/19/2011
A brief preview of Cole's presentation at the Mother Earth Fair Sept 24/25 at Seven Springs, PA.
9/27/2011
The Gourmet Butcher's road trip to the Fair.
6/5/2013
The 2013 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash., last weekend was again a source of great energy and exceptional education, thanks to 15,000 attendees, more than 125 presenters and some 300 sponsors and exhibitors.
10/1/2010
MOTHER EARTH NEWS RADIO host Andrea Ridout discusses her favorite moments from the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/30/2010
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Assistant Editor Heidi Hunt chats with Dan Lepinski of MOTHER EARTH NEWS RADIO about converting sunshine into electricity at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
12/14/2010
Environmental journalist and author Amanda Little gives a keynote speech about America's dependence on fossil fuels at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/24/2010
Are you headed to (or just arriving back from) the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR at Seven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania? Share your favorite fair experiences (and photos), and find out how you can keep up with what's going on at this FAIR and future events.
9/25/2010
Assistant Editor Heidi Hunt checks in with a quick report about Nate Poell's presentation on homebrewing.
12/8/2010
When shopping for the holidays, consider these seven strategies for giving greener gifts.
10/25/2010
An after-the-fact analysis of MAX's accident on the way to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair, and the dangers of "getthereitis."
9/24/2010
So here you have it: MAX with a crumpled rear fender, crumpled trunk section, a turn signal bashed out, a door knocked loose, and a flat tire. It's fully reparable, but not today, and not in time to drive to the MEN Fair.
10/15/2013
It doesn’t matter how much you know already, there is always something to learn at the Mother Earth News Fair.
11/22/2013
Mountain Rose Herbs honored with Social and Fair Trade Certification.
4/4/2008
We frequently use the term "homesteading" in Mother Earth News, but what is it's exact meaning?
11/3/2008
After hitching a ride out of the city on the Slow Food movement, some newcomers to the country look back on their transition decision.
11/25/2008
The Self Sufficient-ish Bible and accompanying Web site offer some universal tips for urban self-sufficiency.
6/10/2009
The Homestead Act of 1862 opened up 270 million acres of public domain land for settlement. The Homestead National Monument of America tells the stories of many of the people who claimed land and tried to "prove up" their claim.
10/12/2009
Tell us about your ideal homestead. What would it be like?
4/8/2010
For a natural looking wood finish, use a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine.
9/20/2010
The Obama administration announced additional funding for rural broadband Internet programs that will increase the speed of rural Internet access. The funding is part of 2009's Recovery Act.
9/27/2010
Using wood you’ve harvested to start creative wood projects is not impossible. Many sawyers have created beautiful wood structures made from lumber they’ve cut themselves.    
2/5/2013
Looking at the differences between the current homesteading movement in the USA compared to Smallholders in the UK.
2/23/2013
We are grateful for the peace and balance inherent to our lifestyle, offering ease of being and grounded perspective as we continue to negotiate the boundaries between our world and the real world.
8/29/2013
When defining the term homesteading, consider the various options available.
11/1/2010
Jim Oseychuk built this intricate garden shed for his wife and won his category of the Wood-Mizer Personal Best contest.
10/25/2010
Joe Bonn built this impressive home in Colorado and won his category of the Wood-Mizer Personal Best contest.
10/13/2010
Donn Saindon built this beautiful 1,200 square foot home from reclaimed wood and won his category of the Wood-Mizer Personal Best contest.
10/18/2010
Robert Craig built this 960 square foot barn in Oregon and won his category of the Wood-Mizer Personal Best contest.
2/12/2010
It may not be Spring, but spring fever is in the air along with the need to dig in the dirt, plant seeds and eat fresh vegetables.
1/14/2010
You can get more for your gardening money with a group seed starting effort.
12/11/2009
Wherever you live, you can practice sustainability and share your successes with your neighbors.
11/5/2009
It's fall, time for fall garden clean up and planting garlic for next summer's harvest. 
9/12/2011
Carolyn’s story of living on a farm in rural Illinois shows that one can truly live off the land by having a huge garden, collecting wild morel mushrooms, and making homemade cottage cheese from the milk of the family cow.
8/26/2011
A woman shares her experiences during the Dust Bowl days in Oklahoma of how she ate poke greens, learned to live without electricity and other homesteading memories.
9/2/2011
Growing up on a New England homestead, a woman imparts heartfelt lessons about making do with what you have and cherishing those memories.
6/27/2011
Camille Wright passes on wisdom from her “Mamaw,” conjuring up images of fresh clothes on the clothesline, a root cellar lined with jams and jellies, and quiet walks.
6/27/2011
Growing up in rural north Florida, Elizabeth Hollingsworth shares her family’s self-sufficiency experiences, from storing redskin potatoes to making jam; drives in the country to extended-family potlucks.
7/6/2011
Luke Dinan, a young man from Toronto, Ontario, is forging his way towards sustainable living and a self-reliant lifestyle; a path we can appreciate, strive for and maybe contribute to.
1/17/2014
Help keep cages and water sources clean with Solway Feeder's horizontal watering nipples.
9/30/2011
Thanks to all the volunteers of the 2011 MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. We couldn't have done it without all your hard work!
11/17/2011
I love rural life and modern homesteading, but there are days when the comfort of a city condo would be welcome indeed. And honestly? A relief.
5/6/2012
Growing sorghum is the first step to making sweet sorghum syrup, but are there other reasons for growing a crop of sorghum?
1/4/2013
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is seeking nominations of self-sufficient modern homesteaders for our 2013 Homesteaders of the Year awards.
1/4/2010
Coffee bean chaff — the light, airy husks blown off the beans during roasting, can be used as chicken coop litter, mulch and compost. Chaff can usually be found for free at local roasteries.
5/30/2011
Dealing with potties out in the country.
3/20/2012
There are good sides and bad sides to every storey, this is no exception. No one said homesteading would be easy!
4/5/2012
Young homesteader Robert Maxwell  explores his discoveries as he moves toward self-sufficiency and homesteading.
1/15/2013
We're getting very close now to our relocation to Texas. After years of planning and developing, it's time to go home to our sustainable lifestyle. We leave with some sadness but a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement for our new life.
3/11/2013
Sometimes even HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel of Dog Island Farm needs a reminder why she puts up with the goat feed, the chicken poop, the cat puke, and the never-ending mud. Here's a hint: It involves good food.
10/27/2011
Did attending the Fair make you want to go out back and start building a chicken coop? If you've gotten far enough in your chicken-keeping research to look at specific breeds, look no further than the Mother Earth News Pickin' Chicken app.
3/16/2012
The Homestead Act of 1862 celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The Homestead National Monument is hosting several activities to recognize this historical event that resulted in millions of self-sufficient homesteaders receiving free land. Learn more and participate!
8/7/2008
You don't have to be a homeowner to homestead. No matter where you live, you can start practicing the skills you need for a more self-reliant, sustainable life.
8/17/2009
You can't just hit the ground running when you make the transistion from rat race to homestead. There are lots of lessons to be learned. What wisdom can you share with the homestead hopefuls?
9/10/2009
Planting flowers and vegetables that are attractive to honeybees will help to bring these garden pollinators into your yard.
10/8/2013
Looking back the past three years and identifying what we have learned from our experiences.
12/31/2013
A review of hammers of friend Jack Fulton.
4/9/2011
Are you a modern homesteader with pioneering women in your lineage? My great grandmothers were all pioneers, but our lives could not be more different.
6/26/2011
How can someone who claims to be a 'modern homesteader' not have planted her garden by the end of June, you ask? Well, let me tell you...
11/9/2010
The new farm retail store outlet is now open to the public for tea cuppings, farm and facility tours, and retail shopping.
10/15/2012
Observations and reminiscences of the 2012 MEN fair in Seven Springs, PA.
9/25/2010
Kids enjoy scoops of fresh-made ice cream in the Treehouse Club at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR
9/25/2010
Architect Nathan Kipnis also presented 10 key areas that designers, builders and citizens should be striving toward in the post-peak oil era.
9/26/2010
Quick report from the Treehouse club at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
9/25/2010
Short conversation about the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid that's on display at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
9/26/2010
Quick report from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR. Stonyfield Farm supplied ingredients for awesome, fresh-made ice cream.
9/26/2010
Shannon Whitworth performs at the charity dinner for the Natural Resources Defense Council at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
9/26/2010
Simple living expert Wanda Urbanska at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
9/26/2010
Managing Editor John Rockhold catches up with Amanda Little ahead of her keynote speech at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
9/26/2010
GRIT Assistant Editor Caleb Regan catches Mike Ard, who has come to the FAIR from Ohio and has recently inherited a 60-acre dairy farm. Mike's main challenge is choosing between the numerous FAIR sessions.
9/26/2010
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Managing Editor John Rockhold catches up with Chip Beam of Beaver Energy to hear about Beam's latest exploits with wood gasification to power vehicles.
9/26/2010
Managing Editor John Rockhold gets to plug in a car for the first time.
9/26/2010
How do you turn on a Prius? Is it a small, cramped car, or does it have room for the whole family? Answers to these questions and more when MOTHER EARTH NEWS Managing Editor John Rockhold takes a look inside a prototype plug-in hybrid Prius at the 20
9/26/2010
The 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is over, the rain has arrived and the plug-in Prius is recharged.
9/29/2010
Check out our photos of the new plug-in Prius at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
9/25/2011
Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design and some assistants demonstrate her method of constructing strawbale walls with clay at the 2011 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pa.
10/6/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS interviewed poultry advocate Oprah HenFree at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
7/11/2013
On sunny days it delivers about a half a megawatt of electricity to the biodiesel plant, while providing strategic shade to plants below. Energy is produced above as farmers harvest below in a genuine double cropping scenario.
7/30/2013
This garden is practically maintenance free as it produces some of the most beautiful and most beloved flowers. After you have tried it, you will wonder, why didn’t I start growing hardy annuals sooner? Don’t miss the opportunity to garden in the forgotten seasons.
10/26/2012
Chocolate is often picked by child labor, slaves and trafficked people. We must find a way to address this issue and change the system for the better.
8/22/2013
MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine comes to life in the recently released Wiser Living Video Series. Volume One of the Series features some of our most popular workshops from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS taught by members of the editorial team and expert community. Become more self-reliant in and around your home by tackling 19 projects ranging from keeping backyard chickens to making tinctures.
6/15/2012
Kids get to have fun, learn about gardneing and start veggie seeds at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash.
5/18/2012
Still looking to score free tickets to the 2012 Puyallup Mother Earth News Fair? Here's your chance! Tell us what you want to see at the Fair no later than Friday, May 25, and you'll be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets.
6/11/2012
One workshop at the Puyallup, Wa., MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR was on learning how to make butter, hosted by Organic Valley.
6/6/2012
Our MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR last weekend was full of great presentations about all facets sustainable living, including on learning how to garden.
9/28/2012
A MOTHER EARTH NEWS editor gets a chance to spend her birthday at the fair, surrounded by fun and inspiring people and activities.
6/5/2011
Becky Venn of Alpacas of Wintercreek explains why these gentle critters make great livestock.
6/7/2013
Learn about our experience attending a Mother Earth News Fair as an exhibitor.
12/22/2011
Know a chocolate-lover? Here's info on a few of the most delicious chocolate bars, from companies that make organic, fair trade, ethically produced chocolates.
8/2/2013
Learn about what goes on at the Heritage Harvest Festival in Virginia and the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania, both held in September.
9/26/2010
Check out these photos of some of the animal attendees at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
10/15/2013
A quick glance back at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Lawrence, Kan.
6/9/2009
Advice from a sustainable farming expert on how to get started with livestock on a small piece of land.
12/19/2008
Sometimes even — perhaps especially — those whose lives are full with experience, knowledge and good living can find that as their time begins to dwindle, there isn't quite enough. Not that that's anything other than as it should be.
11/21/2012
Featherlite Trailers' official website recorded its one millionth visitor in October, according to data from Google Analytics. This is the first time the site has eclipsed the one-million-visitor mark in a calendar year.
12/10/2008
Robert Plamondon's Norton Press has reprinted three homesteading classics: Ten Acres Enough, We Wanted a Farm and Gold in the Grass.
8/14/2009
Look for local foods, such as fresh peaches, from your local farmers' market to make delightful summer desserts such as peaches and cream.
10/30/2009
Jenna Woginrich reflects on her journey from fresh out of college, city-dwelling designer to determined homesteader, and offers encouragement to those with similar dreams.
11/9/2009
 Lyanda Haupt talks about the challenges and rewards of protecting her chickens and garden from local wildlife.
12/7/2009
Where is the strange and wonderful place this homesteader describes? And how do you get there?
3/11/2011
Welcome to by blog “City to Country, One Step at a Time.” Here’s how I ended up as a modern homesteader on a little acreage in the Canadian West Coast bush.
3/25/2011
If you are growing vegetables, making a few homemade wares here and there ... you are practicing good, old-fashioned homesteading techniques.
4/7/2011
Save your eggshells! Seedling pots that are easy on your wallet and the environment.
4/26/2011
Finding wild morel mushrooms growing in our urban backyard means plenty of marvelous meals.
5/11/2011
Deciding on urban beekeeping may just mean hosting a hive - some of the honey and none of the work!
5/11/2011
We are collecting Wit and Wisdom From Our Elders: tips and stories of how people took care of their homesteads in the past. Share your stories!
5/15/2011
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
5/18/2011
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
5/19/2011
Milk, meat, eggs, veggies-- see how it's done on a small urban farm!
6/25/2011
Finding friends out in the country can be challenging.
7/27/2011
Julie Lavigne relates her grandparent’s home in the city, a modern homestead for their time, and proves you can live a self-sufficient lifestyle in an urban setting.
10/11/2011
We look for materials bargains while devising a way to pay for it all.
10/25/2011
We finally build somthing!
12/9/2011
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
12/9/2011
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
2/8/2012
Homemade laundry detergent to save money and the environment.
2/22/2012
I recently spent the weekend in Tennessee to attend the NSSPPA Conference and yearly meeting to meet other sorghum makers and learn more about the process. I came away with new techniques, different seed varieties and a feeling of camaraderie with the other producers.
2/24/2012
The how's and why's we homestead
2/28/2012
Cam has a (temporary) job outside of the house and he has gained a new appreciation for being self-employed.
3/20/2012
Growing and harvesting hazelnuts (filberts) in your garden.
5/15/2012
Experiences getting started gardening in the 1970's and suggestions for beginning your own projects in 2012.
6/12/2012
My vision of the Texas homestead, complete with family and doting grandchildren nearby took a hit this year when my daughter and husband split and my daughter moved to Austin. Could I reinvent the vision? Or would this issue derail our plans?
8/9/2012
When it's too hot outside, the work moves inside, and is still REALLY HOT.
10/16/2012
Susan Abernethy shares this story of helping her husband turn a longstanding tradition of family sorghum harvesting into a small business. Since their marriage in 2004, Susan has enjoyed unraveling the stories of her husband’s sorghum legacy and has inherited a powerful adoration for the hard work it takes to yield the sweet crop.
1/11/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger Bryce shares 5 things to consider before starting a farmstead—not the least of which being winter.
1/16/2013
What exactly is ‘modern homesteading"? There are as many definitions as there are people doing it. What does the term ‘modern homesteading’ mean to you?
2/27/2013
Pick something new to learn this year from Granny Miller’s list of 101 basic homesteading skills.
2/28/2013
How living more sustainably can save you in an emergency.
7/11/2013
Using a hot summer day to grow the winter wood pile.
8/1/2013
As a beginner homesteader, designer Larissa Reznek has learned some hard lessons fast. Here are the top three pieces of guidance she wishes she had before she started out.
9/7/2012
International Homesteading Month is off to a running start! Here are two stories of events that are truly promoting education to foster more self-reliant communities.
10/1/2012
Writer and Canadian farming enthusiast, Joseph Graham sent this review of the event that he and his wife hosted for Homesteading Education Month.  
4/10/2011
Save containers, save money! No need to buy something you already have!
8/25/2012
Steve explains how our pursuit of environmental sustainability can also drive us crazy if it's not put in the correct philosophical context.
11/22/2013
You have read every garden, homestead and back to the land book in your library system. Your dreams of coffee at sunrise set to the chatter of fowl made real. With hoe in hand and 914,760 square feet rolling out from your feet like a magic carpet; where do you start?
9/12/2013
From the outset, Earthineer was built to support and promote sustainability and homesteading as a lifestyle choice. Every feature we have planned has that goal in mind. What we have now is the foundation that we'll build off of.
3/26/2014
It takes a village to build a backyard chicken coop.
4/16/2014
How a hopelessly damaged apple tree has delivered lessons of hope since 2007.
9/29/2011
Locally grown, homemade, grass-fed, free-range and downright delicious food invades the 2011 MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.
10/11/2012
Andre Armantrout sent us this wonderful update from a Homesteading Education Month event featuring aquaculture at Snowy Pine Ridge, outside Spokane, Wash.
11/18/2011
In my 7,500-plus mile adventure in MAX this summer, one lesson really stands out: Haste Makes Waste.
6/11/2012
Our first experience as a vendor or spectator at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, WA
9/27/2010
Photos from tectonic shift. Ruminations on MEN and MOTHER EARTH NEWS and masculine and feminine, and feminine planet.
6/4/2011
I am loving my time spent at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington thus far. There are tons of great and interesting people to meet, delicious food, fun and information-packed lectures and demonstrations, and, best of all, adorable anima
6/5/2011
Skullcap is the best herb for calming nerves, according to Erin McIntosh at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup.
6/5/2011
The beekeeping presentation in the kids' booth at the Tree House Club was filled with enthusiastic kids. Check out what one kid had to say about his time spent with the bees.
9/25/2011
Animal Husbandry tent experiences from Day 1 of 2011 Mother Earth News Fair.
9/27/2012
Fermentation expert Sandor Katz (aka SandorKraut) gives a cultural and historical introduction to fermentation practices, including the nutritional benefits of homemade sauerkraut and other fermented foods.
11/17/2011
Jessica visits the 890-acre farm belonging to the nonprofit Seed Savers Exchange, the largest nongovernmental seed bank in the U.S. and a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our nations heirloom seeds and biodiversity.
9/25/2011
Aside from the great stage presentations, the exhibitor booths have a lot to offer FAIR attendees.
6/5/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Shelley Stonebrook offers tips for building permanent garden beds and paths. Shelley presented her workshop “10 Great Ways to Make Gardening Easier” at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash.
6/5/2011
Get a glimpse of some of the unique exhibitors at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
10/3/2011
Although the concepts of fair trade, buying local and buying organic food are used to aid the economies of developing countries, these same three concepts can help our local communities become the healthy communities we can thrive in.
9/19/2011
This gift set of four farm-themed board books features illustrations that tell the story of a day in the life of each of four animals: chickens, goats, cows and pigs.
3/25/2011
The Gluten and Allergen Free Expo provides a chance to be inspired and energized by the most passionate and creative gluten-free cookbook authors and bloggers.
12/7/2011
A surprising benefit of MAX's streamlining is the increased luggage space.
9/28/2012
Ford delivered more than 900 test-drives of its 2013 electric and hybrid vehicles to visitors at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
10/17/2013
Every time I leave the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR I come home with a bag full of stuff that I have accumulated along the way. My youngest son typically tears into the bag, once exclaiming that my return from the FAIR is always “like Christmas.”
10/9/2013
For three days before the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, held at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort, John D. Ivanko and his family rafted, biked, toured some of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes, and savored farm-to-table cuisine that blew us away at The Historic Stone House.
1/19/2008
For many homesteaders, taking a job during the winter months to earn extra income is an appealing option. Here are some options to consider if you're looking for off-farm income.
8/10/2010
It’s an innovative new product that provides homeowners with an aesthetic and permanent solution to the problem of unsightly above-ground propane tanks.
6/28/2011
Built tough for storm cleanup, tree felling, and firewood cutting, the MS 271 STIHL WOOD BOSS chain saw is designed with improved ergonomics and equipped with a low-emission, fuel-efficient engine.
2/6/2009
If you’re the first of your friends to move to the country, get some chickens and plant an organic garden there will be some inevitable social fallout.
10/1/2009
Jenna Woginrich discusses the more difficult aspects of homesteading, and why it's worth it anyway.
1/21/2010
If you have a constant, overwhelming urge of wanting to be outside breathing in the fresh air and partaking in various farming activities, you may be suffering from barnheart. 
3/11/2011
Skip the packaging and synthetic chemicals and learn how to make your own, cold-processed shampoo bars.
3/24/2011
This book club of the book, Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology, follows a couple who decides to live technology free for 18 months among a strict Amish-like community, growing all their own food and relying on their neighbors to survive.
3/31/2011
Craving something fresh and homegrown? Short on space and sunny weather? Growing sprouts is for you!
5/3/2011
I am new to America, and new to the suburbs, having previously lived in rural Australia. I now live in suburban Indiana. During the past two years I have been trying to set up an "urban homestead" for our family. The neighbors are curious and amused.
5/4/2011
Clearing your land to ready it for farming can be quite a challenge!
5/4/2011
Don't let your wanderlust for more space hold you back from creating your homestead in the city.
5/24/2011
Trying to follow directions out in the country can be challenging!
5/29/2011
How we turned our plain old yard into a productive farm, and how you can do it too!
6/10/2011
Quick and easy recipe ideas for preserving radishes!
9/27/2011
Anna remembers her grandmother's tasty buttermilk biscuits with fig preserves and her mother's stories of growing up on a small, in-town homestead in the 60s.
10/5/2011
Learn from the trials and tribulations of a beginning dairy goat owner!
10/24/2011
Even dairy goats can have self-esteem issues...
12/29/2011
Has the "magic" energy solution been discovered?
1/28/2012
If you're pondering a move to the country and think your life will suddenly get blissfully silent, think again.
2/1/2012
You can easily make homemade mozzarella in 30 minutes or less!
3/6/2012
Thoughts on growing all your own food. How much space is required and other things to consider.
4/5/2012
If you've been on this rural living or modern homesteading journey for decades, or just starting out, how do you know when you've arrived?
4/17/2012
Using 16-foot livestock panels in many ways on your homestead.
5/20/2012
Comparison between old ways and new technology.
6/22/2012
How do you find the best chicken coop design for your new flock? We'll help you walk through the evaluation process AND get a free analysis spreadsheet to help you decide.
7/5/2012
Weeding in the summer is all about species maintenance
7/10/2012
A key choice was what type of house to build. We aren't in Texas more than a few weeks a year until we make our final move back. We wanted a structure we could enclose to protect the interior from the elements and yet build in stages as time and money allow.
8/2/2012
The NH Permaculture Gathering is just a couple weeks away!
8/7/2012
Learn how to use less energy canning tomato products.
8/14/2012
Leaving the rental home we had lived in for three years in Carmel Indiana, to move back to Kangaroo Valley, Australia has meant more than losing the plot and getting the flock out of there!
8/14/2012
Many a homesteader and farmer can use help, and many a young person wants to learn homesteading skills. Having apprentices is an important means to assure a continuation of farms and farming,as well as teaching youth essential survival skills.
11/14/2012
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
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.
3/20/2013
This current situation is a perfect example of the 80/20 rule of homesteading: 80 percent of your time, energy and effort is spent on maintenance; 20 percent on progress towards the dream. A majority of your time homesteading is spent covered in chicken poop, squashing potato bugs, figuring out why gas isn’t getting to the carburetor in the ATV and shoveling snow after dark by headlamp.
7/16/2013
The journey to a self-sufficient life is a bumpy ride. Having a backup plan — or two — can make all the difference in your progress.
7/26/2013
Rabbits are an ideal source of high quality meat for urban homesteaders.
8/23/2011
Robin Bedford of Possum Hollow Farm Soap will present a workshop on soap making at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/19/2011
Veterinarian Anne Hallowell will present a workshop on hiking and packing with llamas at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustianability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
3/28/2012
The history of the Blood Orange and How to make Blood Orange Marmalade.
6/24/2011
In order to build skills for our move from Australia to Texas, we have been taking various classes and workshops. Recently, we took a weekend workshop at an excellent cheese factory close to where we live on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne.
8/10/2011
This rustic, resourcefully sustainable dog fence fits right into the landscape. Before you install a fence, look around your place first to see what's already available.
9/15/2011
Pat Foreman of Good Earth Publications will present three workshops on chickens at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/12/2011
Harvey Ussery of The Modern Homestead will present three workshops on raising and gardening with chickens at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/12/2011
Kenneth Rust of Kasco Marine will present a workshop on practical pond management at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
12/27/2012
I don't know why, but somehow I think of myself as a lazy farmer. Perhaps it's because I know that I'm not a real farmer. Sure, we ate out of the garden all summer and I sold our excess produce at the farmer's market, but gardening is hardly farming.
12/6/2012
Is there a more heartwarming and majestic sight than gorgeous old-fashioned cows in a peaceful grassy meadow, calves scampering by their sides? Awesome. But have you given much considered thought to exactly how those calves will come to be?
1/16/2013
Like Thoreau and the Nearings, we feel more alive and participative in the natural world around us on our 5.5 acre homestead and organic farmstead than Lisa and I ever did walking through a corporate cubicle maze in the city.
1/4/2013
Dive in, work with passion, and take all the other important elements of your life with you. Here are four reasons why such blending yields strategic sense.
1/9/2013
We folded down the back seats in our Subaru wagon, lined the whole back area with a heavy tarp and a thick layer of straw, and headed down to Nash's Delta Farm to catch us some ducks.
6/21/2012
Until we built a barn of our own and experienced the kindness of neighbors firsthand, I would have thought the notion of a barn raising to be a quaint relic of the past.
10/10/2012
I grew up with bobolinks. All my life they have nested on our farm, but the bobolinks are in serious trouble, especially in the Northeast, largely on account of changes in agricultural practices.
10/31/2012
Why do we believe that math must be done one workbook page at a time, at the kitchen table? Anyone who’s ever kept chickens can tell you all the math that can be found in the hen house.
9/6/2012
My boyfriend and I traveled from Orlando, FL with the expectation that we were going to encounter a life-changing experience. It was well worth it. I felt like a kid in a candy store.
8/29/2012
We do a lot of things on our farm, but the primary way we earn a livelihood is selling wholesale potted herbs and heritage food plants to garden centers throughout Colorado and northern New Mexico.
9/17/2012
Solar expert Joe Utasi hopes to have his home solar panel installation complete and running, and will have lots of pictures to show and discuss by the time the Seven Springs Fair arrives.
4/29/2011
Kiko Denzer of Hand Print Press will present a workshop and demonstration on modern homesteading, do-it-yourself building with mud at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
8/16/2011
Alison Martin of the American Livestock Breeds Association will present a workshop on heritage breed cattle at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
7/29/2011
Heather Houlahan of Brandywine Farm will present a workshop on choosing and training farm dogs at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, Sept. 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/8/2011
Jeannette Beranger of the American Livestock Breeds Association will present two workshops on heritage breed pigs and chickens at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
5/11/2011
Robyn Griggs Lawrence of Ogden Publications will present workshops on green cleaning and wabi-sabi at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
5/27/2011
Kathy Bennett and Scott Bergford will present workshops on raising sheep and keeping your green home safe at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
5/27/2011
James Zitting of Bee Landing and Terry Phelan of Living Shelter Design Architects will present workshops on beekeeping and straw bale building at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
6/1/2011
Tom Watson of King County Recycling and Environmental Services and Carol Ekarius of Storey Publishing will present workshops on recycling and animal agriculture at the Mother Earth News Fair, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
5/26/2011
Erin McIntosh of Mountain Rose Herbs and Victoria Miller of Canyon Creek Farms will present workshops on calming herbs and how to keep turkeys at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
5/23/2011
Jessica Kellner will present a workshop on handbuilt homes and Michael Vicha will present workshops on cheesemaking at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
6/19/2012
Keeping bees is something I've wanted to do on our new homestead. But would I like it? Taking a class is a good way to find out.
1/25/2012
There is a coming resurgence of the appreciation of the hearty homespun sorghum syrup. Something is special about being part of making this “home-made” sugar that speaks to the self-reliant nature inside all of us. You can be part of the Sorghum Revival!
8/16/2013
International Homesteading Education Month, presented by MOTHER EARTH NEWS and "Grit" magazines, promotes community self-reliance skills through the month of September. Find out how you can get involved!
11/9/2010
MaryJane's Farmgirls is a network of women's groups across the country who meet to discuss and share their experiences in modern homesteading, including sewing, cooking, voluteering and more.
5/24/2010
Small towns across the country in need of a population boost are literally giving away free land to attract new residents and boost their populations. Seekers of the quiet (and low-cost) small town lifestyle can now grab some free land to build their homes.
7/30/2008
Raising and growing your own is more than a lifestyle — it is life.
12/31/2008
Read dozens of reports of reader's homesteading adventures.
5/8/2011
Learning to clear fields can be fun!
5/5/2011
Taste spring sooner-- build yourself a cold frame!
4/18/2011
Spring means rhubarb! Make ice cream, jam and more!
12/31/2009
When we're trying to achieve our dreams, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by all of the steps between where we are today and where we ultimately want to be. MOTHER EARTH NEWS writer Jenna Woginrich suggests a great idea for a fresh perspective and making your goals more attainable. If you look at the next 60 minutes, what can you do in the next hour to get closer to your goals?
4/28/2010
MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributing editor and compost expert Barbara Pleasant provides some great homestead compost tips in celebration of Compost Awareness Week.
1/29/2014
On-going series on my family's efforts to raise urban chickens in our Minneapolis backyard.
1/31/2014
Tips to help you get started planning your very own homestead. With proper planning you don't have to be experienced to do it right.
4/14/2014
Ziggy Liloia examines two poignant books, Paradise Lot and Gaia’s Garden that turn the idea of needing lots of space to grow ample food on its head.
8/1/2012
Sensor Plug update along with a report on Sunflowers being used as a cover crop and when to properly harvest onions.
12/12/2012
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
10/25/2012
An article from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise covering an International Homestead Education Month event that took place at Paul Smith's College on September 29, 2012.
3/29/2013
On our journey to self-reliance, my husband, Darren, and I have been gathering human-powered tools when we can find them. It’s surprising and sad how quickly hand- and foot-powered tools were junked when electricity became available. From 1850 to 1890, more than 100 apple-pealing devices were patented. Then none, except those running on electric power. And so it goes with thousands of other nifty human-powered appliances.
6/5/2011
Keep your pets from licking off herbal ointments by adding a pinch of cayenne.
9/24/2011
Discover some of the properties of essential oils, along with some tips for cleaning with them.
9/25/2011
Learn how to make an herbal tincture with The Herb Companion team at the Mother Earth News Fair.
2/9/2011
Tell America's largest chocolate company that slave labor and Valentine's Day chocolate don't mix.
9/17/2012
Monticello's Heritage Harvest Festival inspired us to keep at those challenges that frustrate us on the farm.
12/26/2012
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
1/10/2013
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
1/26/2013
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
7/14/2011
Victoria Gazely lives in a 650-square-foot homesteader's cabin built by a man who didn't need closets. She's found five great ways to stash her stuff without renovating--and her solutions work for anyone who needs to hide a few things.
6/4/2011
Food preservation expert Sherri Brooks Vinton makes food preservation look easy and shares helpful hints about equipment and technique during a standing-room-only workshop at the Fair.
6/5/2011
The Washington State Conservation Commission gave away trees at the Mother Earth News Fair as part of their conservation efforts.
5/5/2011
So maybe you can't afford the pricey furniture and decor on display at the design shows in Milan and Vegas. Just take a look at these ideas and start riffing.
9/27/2011
Andrea Chesman, author of Recipes from the Root Cellar, shares one of her favorite winter vegetable recipes.
6/11/2013
Visitors enjoyed hundreds of test drives of Ford hybrid and electric cars at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
6/5/2011
Take a visual tour of the events at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
6/14/2011
Custom Curve is the first glass window system with a structurally engineered framework that follows the curved wall of the yurt.
12/28/2012
Land Pride is proud to announce four new skid Grapples in 12 different sizes as well as a skid-mounted Stump Grinder. These completely new attachments feature the same quality and durability that you’ve come to expect from Land Pride.
5/10/2011
With country living, you expect a quiet night's sleep. But surprise, surprise - nature has its own alarm clock.
5/23/2011
Prepping for major emergencies - earthquakes, floods, tornadoes - is important, but so is emergency planning for less dramatic events. Find out what you can do to reduce the potential for stress.
5/23/2011
Growing potatoes in containers allows you to increase your yield in a small amount of space.
8/7/2011
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.
10/10/2011
Learn from the trials and tribulations of a beginning dairy goat owner.
1/4/2012
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!
1/9/2012
Robert White is remaking himself as a farmer, and will return to his family's land to start a market garden. Here's why.
2/16/2012
Building a vibrant local community through local economics and rural culture.
2/29/2012
Homestead skills of yogurt-making and bread-baking increase your independence from grocery store aisles and international food conglomerates.
6/20/2012
As part of my education on how to be more self-sufficient when we make our move back to Texas, I've been taking classes while here in Australia. One of the more enjoyable classes was in beekeeping. This is our class practical exercise.
6/21/2012
The accumulation and storage of hay is an essential summer task.
7/10/2012
Learn about using the Piteba to press your own homegrown oil.
7/21/2012
The time to prepare for livestock or pet emergencies is not when they fall ill, but before. Here are some basics so you and your critters are covered.
8/16/2012
Use of a mobile chicken tractors allows us to keep the birds on fresh ground and stay on top of the weeds.
8/21/2012
Set up a washing station in your garden. Rinse your veggies there, saving the water for the garden and keeping your kitchen clean.
9/4/2012
Solar drying experiences in 2012, including tomato varieties Principe Borghese and Long Tom.
9/15/2012
Preserving an abundant basil harvest for the coming winter.
2/1/2013
Since her first house move, MOTHER EARTH NEWS blogger Cathie Ackroyd, has become so very conscious of the impact we humans have had and are having on our planet’s environment and hoped to find a place to settle that would allow us to gain an element of self-sufficiency in a relatively car-free community.
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.
2/26/2013
One of my earliest vivid childhood memories is sitting on my father’s lap as a young girl reading the magazine together in the 1980s and all throughout my childhood. He would read aloud while I studied the pictures of passive solar building, vegetable gardening, sheep shearing, building your own sugar shack and the beautiful array of topics which he read to me frequently. Those images, along with the camping trips in the mountains, the whitewater and canoeing excursions, and our family trip to Alaska, have been etched in the catacombs of my childhood memories and have sculpted the person I have grown to become.
4/24/2013
In this section you will find stories of real farmers across the country that made it work. You'll find their story, how they did it and who helped them. We hope these stories will inspire and educate new farmers, as well as land owners and community members to become involved in the new agrarian movement. A growing trust.
5/29/2013
Completing tasks in preparation for a few days away from the homestead
8/3/2012
Looking ahead to September, it gives us all an opportunity to expand our horizons with furthering our knowledge and skill sets, baking and otherwise.
9/9/2011
Diane Ott Whealy of Seed Savers Exchange and Jackie Cleary Dietrich of Auburn Meadow Farm will present workshops on gardening and farming at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, Sept. 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
2/15/2013
My husband Alan’s first gift to me was Helen and Scott Nearing’s Living the Good Life. The books we turn to regularly have changed, although some we go back to again and again, year after year. A list of our top 10 favorite books follows.
1/30/2013
When I bought my farm, I did it to live in the woods. I would like to say I was deliberate. And intentional. But clueless is probably a better word. I should have suspected something when I bought the land and they threw the house in for free.
11/28/2012
A horse trainer once said to me, 'Animals don't think, they just make associations.' I responded to that by saying, 'If making associations is not thinking, then I would have to conclude that I do not think.'
11/19/2012
Nobody can resist fluffy baby chicks, so what would be better than hatching your own? Let us put your mind at rest and make your first time incubating an enjoyable experience you will want to repeat.
8/3/2011
Deborah Niemann of Antiquity Oaks will present two workshops on traditional home dairies and homegrown food at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
5/19/2011
Alisa Shorey will present a workshop on beekeeping and Jack McCornack will present a workshop on 100-mpg cars at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
9/28/2012
Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Arizona celebrates national homesteading month with a display of solar ingenuity.
10/4/2012
Rural Living Today founder and advocate, Marie James, told us about a Homesteading Education Month event she and her family hosted in Northeast Washington to teach gardeners how to grow vegetables in cold weather.
10/10/2012
Teddi Irwin sent us this great update on a Homesteading Education Month event held at IN A GOOD WAY, a training farm established to use therapeutic methods of farming to improve the lives of Native American men.
3/15/2011
We learned a long time ago that we couldn’t attract an audience for our magazines unless we gave our readers tools they could use to improve the world personally. A backyard organic garden is the perfect symbol of positive vision and commitment.
2/23/2012
Part I of a two-part tutorial on how to make soap for the absolute beginner. Readers will assemble materials and prepare the mold this week in anticipation of combining the ingredients to make a batch of cold-process soap.
4/24/2013
Find out how to feed rabbit babies using a goat's milk-based formula.
3/31/2011
Chickens - how do you know if you’re the ‘chicken type’? If you’re pondering a backyard flock, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself.
6/13/2011
Jim and Julie are starting their homestead in Texas while still living in Australia. Managing the project by remote control is the challenge, and they are learning as they go. This is an adventure of faith and confidence.
6/16/2011
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.
4/16/2012
Pruning perennials is essential for plant health and vigorous production.
8/30/2012
Community food events are an outstanding way to share the abundance of our harvest and strengthen local community ties.
11/7/2012
Protecting the fig tree for the winter felt like putting it to bed for a long sleep. Chopping wood with the Chopper 1 is a thing of joy and beauty and that's no joke. Do it yourself corn bin helped our neighbor keep the racoons out.
11/28/2012
Looking ahead to spring, we're using these long days to plan a rootstock order of perennial trees, shrubs, and herbs.
2/5/2013
Many years ago, years before I moved to the country, I was what would be considered "a prepper." I saw disaster every time I turned on the TV, or read the news on the internet, or visited forums that talked about stockpiling beans and bullets. I panicked, thinking I could never have enough control for the sake of my family, never be "prepped" enough.
2/9/2013
A winter thaw inspires starting the first seeds of the season - indoors, of course: kale, chard, and spinach to start.
2/18/2013
The place I call home these days is The FarmSchool, a fertile 180-acre strip of ridge top in Athol, where 15 student-farmers are spending a year learning the ins and outs of growing food, managing forests, and raising animals for meat. I arrived at the farm in October, just as the leaves were reaching their peak brilliance. The Farm School — which offers three-day programs for schoolchildren, a summer camp, a full-time middle school, and the apprenticeship program I’m in — takes us through all seasons of farming, weaving together class work and on-farm training.
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.”
4/23/2013
Honey bees, the Boston tragedy, and our power to create the world we’ve been waiting for.
7/14/2011
Victoria Gazely considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin on 7 acres of fertile earth--purchased for $150--a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
5/27/2011
Since they built their solar- and wind-powered cordwood home in Desboro, Ontario, Lisa and Ray Racicot have never looked back. The only thing they'll do differently next time is install the renewable energy systems first, to power the construction.
2/7/2013
OK, you’ve got a start: where to get equipment, groups to join, classes to take, and mentors to hook up with. Now’s the time, before you have bees, to take a long hard look at some of the rest of the things you need to be thinking about.
3/30/2012
Eating only homegrown foods on the Fridays in Lent.
11/5/2012
Jim and Holly Smith, founders of Today’s Abundant Living, sent us this great review of a Homesteading Education Month open house and country skills workshop they hosted at their Michigan homestead.
1/23/2013
We're getting revved up for winter seed swaps, and planning our tomato plantings to account for all the great tasting events next summer and fall. Find out how to find your own local events, or host your own!
2/2/2012
Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months
12/28/2012
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.
1/27/2011
Jenna Woginrich writes about the beauty of Cold Antler Farm, a small homestead that she shares with Pig, her rabbits Benjamin and Doe and several chickens. Taking care of her animals on cold winter nights is a challenge for Woginrich, but one she gladly accepts armed with a water bottle and affection. Woginrich's modest barn provides shelter for her animals and a useful space to feel at home.
7/11/2011
Black bears and rural living go hand in hand in many parts of North America. So how do you keep bear/human conflicts to a minimum?
10/10/2012
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


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