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James discusses exactly how to paint a beehive. Sometimes it can be a fiddly job but using an array of stepladders and poles it can be pretty simple
Roger Doiron, a MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributor and the found of Kitchen Gardeners International, recently spoke at a TEDx conference about the power of gardening.
How to install a package of bees
Trying to interpret and understand scientific reports and their failure to come to a consensus.
Starting a new hobby can be intimidating when everything is unfamiliar. Walk through the basics of a beehive structure.
Adult males and post-menopausal women are quite likely to suffer from health problems caused by excessively high levels of iron in the blood. Donating blood is the safest and most useful way to deal with this potential problem.
Our selection of a house, downsizing and getting the home built.
How we had to adjust to a smaller home, the isolation and quiet.
Going camping, hiking, or canoeing this summer? HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel shares a big-batch granola recipe that will feed your entire group—or one hungry teen.
Alternative transportation magazine, A To B, is chock-full of innovative bicycle tecnology reviews and test drives for everything from folding bikes to E-motorcycles and all the accessories in between.
Ed and Joan Kobrinski left a large family home for a smaller, simpler cottage—and they’ve never looked back. Their tips for downsizing and living in smaller spaces could help make your transition easier.
Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines, Iowa, helps refugees transition from growing food for their families to operating small businesses that sell produce at farmers markets, local grocery stores and to area restaurants.
After months of waiting, worrying and hoping, the clouds finally arrived here at Yellabird Farm last week and brought us the long-sought gift of good rain. It was a great two days of slow and soaking moisture that the cracked soil guzzled up...
All of us farmers,large and small, are a big part of the engine that drives the economy
of rural communities, rural counties and rural states.This year, we are learning a lot about what happens when that engine sputters.
HOMEGROWN blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel outlines strategies for responsible drought gardening in her home state of California--or anywhere.
Take a seat on this comfy sofa you made yourself using recycled car seats.
How-to online videos are a valuable resource for any do-it-yourselfer. But there are a lot of videos out there, so we’ve picked noteworthy ones and provided a few links to help you find more in the future. From building a workbench to changing your car’s oil, these engaging and instructive videos will inspire you to start a fun, new DIY project.
A historic ice house on the LeDuc-Simmons Estate and a local ice harvest at Lake Rebecca demonstrate how ice and other perishables were kept cold in the hot summer months during the 19th century.
Most conventional paints and coatings emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which can contribute to poor indoor air quality as well as to smog. This overview includes a link to a product listing of healthier low-VOC, zero-VOC, and natural paints.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel shares her New Year's resolution for 2014: buying food directly from farmers.
How our electronics save us space and provide even more room in a small home.
Adult dogs need a little help to compete with pups in the adoption game. A spa date with a groomer or in your own back yard can give that older shelter dog more than a shiny coat. It can open the door to a new life.
In this blog, I highlight the earliest decisions I had to make to create a net zero energy home: how I was going to build the foundation and walls. Thermal bridging, air tightness, insulation, cost, and greeness are all key deciders.
Rewarding volunteer efforts involving German Shepherd Rescue.
The DOE and NREL released a study outlining ways to build grocery stories and medium-sized businesses that need 50 percent less energy.
The babies have arrived, now is the time to take care of all of the other parts of caring for the newborns!
Make your barn doors glide with skateboard wheels and other easy to find materials in this DIY project to create sliding barn doors.
To give your bedroom a boost, consider new paint suited to your personality. AFM Safecoat's Ayurveda Essence line allows you to choose colors based on your dosha, or personality type, within Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal system.
South Dakota and Alaska electric cooperatives received the award for 2012 Wind Cooperatives of the Year.
Are you one who can't get things done on time or follow up on promises? If so, you are probably an excuse maker. To get off the hook, you'll come up with a thousand reasons why you didn't get your work done. Read this blog and put an end to excuses.
The Obama Administration releases its plans for new renewable energy sources. Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, explains that the new solar energy zones span six states and keep both domestic energy and environmental preservation in mind. If completed, the power generated from these solar energy zones would provide electricity to roughly seven-million homes.
In support of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Nov. 19, 2012, 10 small business-led projects to speed solar energy innovation from the lab to the marketplace.
Medicinal mushrooms can help ward off colds and flus this winter.
Ben Davis, of Ben Does Life, has a truly inspirng weight loss story, but it's how message about how to be happy that is most motivational.
Creating your own start-up is full of obstacles, but rewarding. MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader Jessica Vaughan shares advice from her experience as a first-time small business owner who teaches clients how to grow organic produce.
Read about new legislation that would stop the government from funding the fossil fuel industry. Then, sign your name to the petition and make a difference.
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.
Bust the myths surrounding poison ivy and decide which DIY remedies are right for you.
We no longer have to make what we need to get by day by day, but for many the desire lingers—and even surges as a strong cultural movement from time to time. Making and growing things yourself is a gentle rebellion against a mass-produced world.
After two weeks amongst the poorest in India, how do I come home?
Finally! Design experts and contractors say granite and marble have lost their luster. Find beautiful, natural alternatives to that and solutions to other common design mistakes, including dull color pallettes and overused water features.
Take an imaginary journey from the High Arctic to California, as we examine food insecurity, waste, hunger, and culture clash.
In previous posts, we have looked at how guard donkeys work and we’ve examined the pros and cons of using a donkey as a livestock guardian. If you are contemplating using a donkey, let’s look now at how to select a good candidate and how to integrate him or her into your stock.
Learn how to de-ice slippery surfaces without harming nearby soil and plants.
The new free Food Gardening Guide iPhone/iPad app from MOTHER EARTH NEWS provides detailed information on growing all major garden crops. Tap on a crop, and find out how to plant, when to plant, how to prevent pests and diseases, types and varieties to try, and more. In addition to crop-specific advice, the app also provides thorough details on general gardening categories, including watering, improving soil, crop rotation, garden fencing, cover crops, vertical gardening and much more.
Done with flimsy, store-bought tomato cages that fall over when the wind blows? Build long-lasting, heavy-duty tomato cages to fit your garden with one of our four plans.
The Tractors and Power Equipment blog is all about tractors and the equipment powered by them — loaders, graders, mowers, cultivation and logging implements and more.
Dogsleds are clean, green and run on renewable energy.
Although used less commonly than dogs or llamas, here is one more possibility for a livestock guardian – a guard donkey.
Every once in a while we need to rebel against the machines. Hand a towel to your significant other and ask him to dry while you rinse. Sweep the floor with a real broomcorn broom. Have a real conversation. Enjoy things happening slowly.
Experienced LGD owners can easily come up with a list of myths, misconceptions, and misinformation about their dogs. A quick glance at various LGD forums, email lists, or Facebook pages will reveal that these misconceptions are not only widespread but they are also responsible for the majority of problems new LGD owners find themselves in.
Can I use a Great Dane as a LGD? Or a St. Bernard? How about a heeler and Golden crossbred? Being a LGD is not a job you can train any other breed to perform. LGDs are a specialized group of breeds.
Learn how to assemble a humane animal trap out of recycled material. It’s easy and effective!
Follow these easy instructions explaining how to make a fruit picker, and you'll never be tormented by out-of-reach fruit again.
So, I just read an article in the Washington Post that said the Internet is now home to some 15 million blogs and that most bloggers consider this medium a form of therapy. And as I’ve been agonizing of late about so many things (my inability to get around to writing blog entries being one of them…), I figured I’d just join the crowd on the cybercouch.
Clayton Homes’ first green prefab home project, i-house, will feature a plethora of green technologies and innovative designs.
Sue McKay Miller divested herself of nearly everything she owned and moved into a yurt in the wilderness to determine how much she really needs to live a satisfying life. Turns out, she really doesn't need much.
February’s stimulus plan offers tax credits for eco-friendly home improvements, which could keep your money in your wallet this tax season.
Many people waste too much time each trying to get motivated to work. As a result, they get a lot less done than they need to or would like to. In this blog, I show a way that has helped me for many years get motivated to work and stay on task.
How our community has planned ahead for wildfire contingencies.
Teragren, the nation’s leading manufacturer of fine bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops, today introduced a new product line — Vantage: A New Generation In Bamboo Flooring.
Everyone gets stuck with a restless night from time to time, and some of us suffer from full-blown insomnia. We want to know, what do you do to make sure you get a good night's sleep? (Plus, check out a few tips from our editors.)
Use old maps to wallpaper a room, shade a window, create a scrapbook, and other useful household crafts.
For part two in our 2010 Predictions series, Natural Home forecasts warm, vibrant colors and more natural light as the top interior design trends
I couldn’t get online for a whole week. It was disconcerting at first, then heavenly. Four days on Martha’s Vineyard without access to the real world . . .
Beat summer heat with this easy, do-it-yourself alternative to an expensive store-bought air conditioner!
According to the USDA, consumers can feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased claim and can make better informed purchasing decisions.
It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there! Learn how to identify 15 common garden pests and bring in 14 beneficial bugs that feed on them, a strategy that will foster a healthy, balanced garden ecology.
Thanks to helping hands, everything gets done.
Believe it or not, the global warming debate still exists. The Inhofe EPW Press Blog now has 650 scientists that speak out against the fact that global warming is real and manmade. But are these sources credible?
Mother Earth News embraces controversial topics that affect the lives of readers and the health of the planet, as well as practical, every-day topics of sustainable living.
Beano, Rancho Cappuccino's resident guard donkey, appears to be experiencing maternal envy. Without a baby of her own, she's taken to borrowing (unasked, of course) the lambs and kids of the sheep and goats she protects.
The Department of Homeland Security continues to build a 670-mile-long wall along the US-Mexico border to keep illegal immigrants, but have they thought about the wildlife that they will destroy along the way?
Help fight the itch of poison ivy with Cortizone 10 relief pads.
Examining an community for your homestead.
How is it May already? Our list of to do's grows daily as our workable days fly by.
Cam describes a recent encounter with some aggressive dogs.
A Federal Housing Association (FHA) EEM provides mortgage insurance to the borrower who is looking to purchase or refinance their home, and incorporate the costs of energy efficient improvements into their mortgage.
Where we find a wealth of information for projects and enjoyable reading.
Learn how to celebrate homesteading this September by promoting community self-reliance skills!
Brown marmorated stink bugs have quickly become an invasive insect in the Unites States. Find out how to indentify the stink bugs, control stink bugs in your garden and rid them from your home.
With the U.S. importing 91 percent of its food, many crucial details of what we're consuming can be hard to trace: how our seafood is caught or produced, health codes across borders, and how the ecosystems are being affected. But does that matter?
Plant pathologist Dr. Don Huber brings attention to concerns surrounding Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, glyphosate.
A new government-sponsored program calls for India to replace 400 million incandescent bulbs with CFLs by 2012.
A brief announcement of the new Permaculture chicken ebook series that starts with chicken egg incubation.
Geoff Taylor laments the frequency of ladder accidents that happen as a result of neglecting necessary precautions, such as wearing sturdy shoes and always have a spotter.
Before buying a toy, the first consideration should be its health. We’ve seen a lot of recent news about unhealthy plastics and paints in inexpensive children’s toys. Making sure any toy you select is healthy should be your number one priority.
Americans are turning to smaller, affordable housing. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence looks into this trend.
When our chicks arrived, we had no idea how much we had to learn about how to raise baby chicks. Nor did we know how much the books couldn't tell us.
The ecovillage/commune movememt that started in the 1960s is alive and well in 2009.
The Fellowship for Intentional Communities offers resources on group and communal living.
With its new clothing tags, Levi’s encourages consumers to donate unwanted clothes to Goodwill.
A recent study by German carpet company suggests that its Cradle-to-Cradle-certified carpet might actually improve indoor air quality.
Listen to Periodical Radio's recent interview with Bryan Welch.
Leafy greens are among the most nutritious foods you can eat, but what if they contain systemic pesticides like imidacloprid? New pesticides that are taken up by plants mean there may be pesticides in food crops like collards and kale, not just on the surface.
Crafting laundry detergent saves time, money and lightens your environmental footprint. Plus it’s simple!
Here's an alert that could affect your plantings of annuals, especially impatiens.
A tutorial on making a flower press with supplies that don't require heavy tools or a visit to the hardware store.
Immigrating to Canada can be a daunting process, but the Canadian government provides resources to help.
The first organic inhaler, The Lung Cleaner, hits markets.
Tired of pests? Here are five tips for knocking ‘em back without resorting to pesticides and toxic chemicals.
Docking of dairy cows serves no purpose and causes pain and discomfort for the
The newest member at Goat Song Farm: A 3 week old, purebred Nubian doeling named 'Rose Of Summer'.
The United Nations named 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, providing an excellent platform to highlight the importance of family farmers in feeding the world and healing the planet at the same time.
Simran Sethi writes about choosing eco-friendly paints, tiles, and other aspects of her renovated bathroom.
In this posting we discuss how the record infection rate of West Nile virus is related to the record global temperatures of the past decade. We also discuss how these record temperatures have allowed the infections to occur in northern latitudes.
Turkeys are surprisingly tough to raise, coop are remarkably simple to raise and thanksgiving a given.
This posting present comments by leading scientific organizations, individual scientists and government leaders pertaining to human induced climate changes. All agree that climate change is anthropogenic and that it has become a serious problem.
Livestock guard dogs were found in a sweep of cultures from southern Europe through Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and central Asia. They worked in the company of shepherds who often spent weeks on high summer pasture or on long migratory routes.
Jan Dohner explains how the different Livestock Guard Dog breeds were developed and introduces us to their differences in style of work, temperament and other behaviors.
In a previous post, “What is a Livestock Guard Dog?,” I described what livestock guard dogs do but it is also exceptionally important to know how they do this job. Understanding how not only helps us work with our LGDs but also explains why other breeds or crosses with non-LGD breeds are not likely to perform this same outstanding job.
Livestock guard dogs are an attractive choice for predator control on the farm. Jan Dohner gives us an honest look at the pros and cons of choosing a Livestock guard dog versus a guard donkey or llama.
Re-homed adult or rescue LGDs are another option when you are looking for a working livestock guard dog for your farm.
In our last few posts, we’ve been looking at the various breeds of livestock guard dogs. But before you start looking at advertisements or litters of puppies, there are a few more questions for you to ask yourself. They are centered on two broad issues – your predator problems and your farm or homestead.
In this post, Jan Dohner describes the different roles a livestock guard dog can perform on a farm or homestead - a full-time livestock guardian, a general farm guardian, or a family companion.
In Part One of this post, Jan Dohner explained how the different Livestock Guard Dog breeds were developed and introduces us to their differences in style of work, temperament and other behaviors. In Parts Two and Three, we take a brief look at some of the more common LGD breeds available in North America.
A selection of Words of the Wise. This index links to 5 different sets of great quotations, for your edification and entertainment. Witty quotations. Eco quotations. Quotations for gardeners and farmers. And more.
Cam welcomed a group of high school students to his home/office recently.
Use an interactive map to compare your home states eco-friendliness, based on factors such as air quality, water quality, gasoline consumption and availability of public transportation.
Have a little look at the guts of my humble, cone-shaped abode. Enjoy!
Yellow jackets can pose a threat to honeybees. If yellow jackets have built a nest in your yard, here's a recipe for a natural, non-toxic solution that will get rid of them. Please share your own recommendations too!
How packing snow against your house can add R-value to your insulation - and subtract energy costs.
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.
You’ve done your homework – examining your needs, situation, and breed preferences – and now you are ready to select your LGD. This is an expensive, long- term commitment of time and energy. This LGD will be protecting your farm and stock. Please take your time to choose your pup carefully.
Repairing or replacing trim around a door is easy, and you need only a few simple tools.
Learn how to successfully hatch and raise turkey poults after reading these tips.
Natural Home editor in chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence discusses the pros and cons of green consumerism.
We’re looking for the most effective and creative solar-heated waterer for chickens. If you’re creative and love to build useful projects, make a solar poultry waterer and try it out this winter. Then submit your design for our contest. We’ll publish the winning entry in the magazine, and the designer will win a free Brinsea incubator.
Taking into account production, processing, consumption and disposal, the Environmental Working Group found that if everyone in the U.S. gave up meat or cheese one day a week for a year, it would be equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
Our take on the positive and negative points of insulated concrete forms.
North Carolinian Master Beekeeper, Tia Douglass, offers an introduction to chemical-free, natural beekeeping, bees and approach to raising pollinators.
This is the favorite version of mango lassi served in Indian-American restaurants.
If you want a superior doughnut (or any product), start with the best.
Your mind can often trip us up, make things worse than they are, even lead us into disaster. You can control your own mind and change negative messages to positive ones, creating a much more productive,calmer. and fullfilling life.
Steve shares his time touring a plant that makes the kind of blades homesteaders use every day,
How does induction cooking work? What are the pros and cons? Efficient electric cooking or hidden health risk?
Boulder Food Rescue is a non-profit what is helping to redefine food waste in America.
Six rug and carpet companies have joined the GoodWeave certification program, which works to end illegal child labor in the South Asian carpet industry.
A cow is born at Sunflower Farm!
iTySE™, the Idaho-based reusable shopping bag line created by Shawna Pierson and Chris Kodama of Fruitland, Idaho, is proud to announce its debut, now available for purchase nationwide.
Step inside an iceberg in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
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.
The Department of Homeland Security continues to build a 670-mile-long wall to create a barrier along the US-Mexico border. Although the wall will never completely stop illegal immigrants from coming into the country, it will risk the survival of animals and wildlife in the area.
The Department of Homeland Security continues to build a 670-mile-long wall along the US-Mexico border, despite petitions from the Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club.
Killing poison ivy can be tricky — especially if it’s entwined in a tree near your house. But you can kill the plant and remove the vines without using chemicals, and without getting a case of poison ivy yourself.
When my former boss suggested we photograph my annual summer solstice party, I quietly panicked and then got busy. Borrow some of our ideas and gather your tribe to celebrate the longest day of the year--lavishly or lazily, traditionally or not.
Many traditional crafts require substantial training, infrastructure, and investment of money and time. Basketry, however, requires only a few days of training to learn basic techniques, and can use materials that be harvested naturally from almost every biome on Earth. It can be practiced around a modern working schedule, and can beautiful, durable and sustainable tools and furnishings, including animal traps, armor, beehives, boats, cages, chairs, chicken coops, coffins, fences, hand tools, hats, huts, sheds, stables, wagons, walls, and weirs.
Mother Earth News' green homes editor discusses eco-friendly insulation options, and explains why some are greener than others.
GazeboCreations.com is an award winning internet retailer that now offers state-of-the-art online design capabilities to consumers with its Gazebo Designer.
A rural home in La Porte, Iowa thrives on all the elements of nature including bird feeders, a veggie garden and table scraps.
Here are some suggestions for removing rust from cast iron.
On the brink of settling into her new home, environmental journalist Simran Sethi shares some tidbits of eco-information, such as how to box and save for the move, and how a few simple changes can make your home cozier and more energy-efficient.
Deck: Infused vinegar is easy to prepare and makes a much-appreciated gift.
America needs one million new farmers. Veterans want the job.
Cam has been doing some radio and podcast interviews lately with some interesting hosts.
Why is it unrealistic to believe we can agree that clean air and water are important and limited resources? How insane is it to think we could imagine a world of beauty and abundance? That’s what I’m going to aim for.
Who would have ever thought that worms could invade a forest and wreak havoc?
Everyone's talking about the economic bailout, but few seem to focus on the bigger issue: we need more jobs, and we need a viable economic stimulus. One study shows those needs could come from green investment.
After 37 years of publishing, Mother Earth News magazine has amassed a wonderful collection of handmade home articles to inspire and amaze the do-it-yourself home-builder-to-be.
Meditating has never come naturally to me, probably because of my goal-oriented approach. Wabi-sabi helped me see find peace in simple solitude (and long dog walks) instead.
FrogTape’s latest painting tape provides endless design possibilities and masking protection.
If you want to learn how to paint your house without the help of professionals, this article from the archives is for you. Exterior home painting can be a snap with the right tools and information.
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove