making good pet choices.
How to select and find the right pet for you. Non professional guidelines.
Check what products and companies use animal testing with PETA’s “Be Nice to Bunnies” iPhone app.
HealthyCoat offers high quality and a highly digestible source of Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids, Vitamin E and Lecithin, fortified with Niacin, Biotin and Vitamin B12.
Odyssey Day embarked from Washington D.C. a few weeks ago as a nationwide effort to encourage and promote the use of petroleum-free fuel. The day is sponsored by the Department of Energy's Clean Cities, which has helped reduce petroleum use by almost more than 2 billion gallons so far.
Fleas and ticks can bring severe itching, allergic reactions, discomfort, and even serious diseases (such as lyme disease) to your pets, so it’s important to protect your pets from them. However, studies have found that many common flea and tick control/treatment products aren’t just toxic to those bugs; they can actually poison your pets, as well. Find out which ingredients and products to avoid, and some safer alternatives to use.
Harrisons’ Pet Products Recover: A Complete Nutritional Formula is for sick or injured animals.
Tackling the GMO issue is a priority for food activists, but there are a number of perspectives on how to go about it. The Great GMO Debate will help you decide how and who should inform consumers about what biotech ingredients are lurking in their food.
Dogs can perform a variety of useful tasks on farms and rural properties, but can cause problems if they stray.
Branded as smarter capitalism, the Petition for a Green Recovery seeks a new kind of environmental policy to green America. Using financial incentives, this idea plans to create a marketplace that takes into account environmental and social costs while increasing the green jobs sector.
Perfect for an evening of socializing out on the deck or an intimate meal at a table for two, GoodLight candles keep the mood bright and the air clean and are now available both online and in stores nationwide.
GoodLight is first to offer sustainable, non-toxic candles for restaurants.
David Goodman tests the Meadow Creature broadfork on his Florida farm and finds it to be amazing as heck.
Timidity nearly doomed Johnny to a life sentence in the rescue kennel until one determined family saw through his issues to the dog he was meant to be.
How important our tractor and snow thrower are in keeping us from getting snowed in. Our local cooperative.
Making good decisions on how we use our land. Keeping it natural.
There are plenty of alternatives to handing out sugary candy at Halloween time.
In the event of a disaster, what would happen to your pet?
There are layer chickens, and there are broilers. We talk a lot about eggs, but now we'd like to hear your thoughts on raising and butchering your own meat chickens. Is it too much reality? Is it worth the unpleasantness?
Cam is mourning the loss of his beloved dog Morgan.
Participate in a clothing swap and make an economic statement
How we avoid most clutter but manage to keep good leftover products for future use.
An innovative partnership of bicycle advocates and a bike-friendly attorney aims to reduce crashes in South Carolina.
Rather than toiling away with annuals, consider creating an edible perennial food forest.
Learn how to grow, harvest and process cassava – an amazing staple crop.
Through all of the tears and the heartbreak, I have found that having a pet makes us more human. Please why everyone should have at least one best friend that is furry.
With a well-designed dog pack, you can take your dog to the farmer's market and your pet won't mind helping you carry a few groceries.
ECO360 Trust produces sustainable T-shirts made from 100% recycled PET plastic water bottles. ECO360 Trust is a campaign of the non-profit Institute for Sustainable Communication.
A spray bar and squeegee for washing your pets, all in one tool!
As tropical plants go, pineapples are one of the easiest to grow.
Learn to think differently and you can grow a garden without breaking the bank.
Can’t grow temperate berries? Jump into the tropics with these seven amazing fruits.
Ways to fertilize organically without breaking the bank.
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.
If you live in the South, you can grow your own sugar cane. Learn to plant, harvest and make delicious syrup at home!
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!
Why “hot and humid” doesn’t have to equal “sad and lifeless.”
A profile of Japanese and American persimmons, excellent trees for the deep south.
Fungi help your soil, your composting and your plants. Let 'em grow!
Milk, meat, eggs, veggies-- see how it's done on a small urban farm!
Save containers, save money! No need to buy something you already have!
Save your eggshells! Seedling pots that are easy on your wallet and the environment.
Making your own yogurt is an excellent project for beginning homesteaders.
Making cheese was nothing like I expected, but in the end, I was successful.
Helen and Scott Nearing's farmstead, near Harborside, Maine, is now The Good Life Center, where you can tour the grounds, listen to lectures and participate in workshops.
Fostering can help overcome an unexpected side effect of life in a rescue kennel---obesity.
Coping with SARDS (sudden acquired retinal degeneration) in dogs and practical ways to help a blind dog.
"The Rabbit-Raising Problem Solver" by Karen Patry will answer your questions about rabbit housing, feeding, behavior, health care, breeding and kindling.
As tick and flea season approaches, Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence won’t be dousing her dog, Rug, in flea medicine or attaching a flea collar because she knows that these can be harmful—both for Rug and for her. Flea collars often contain tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) or propoxur, which can jeopardize Rug’s immune system and leave damaging lifelong effects.
There are many ways that each of us can lessen our unhealthy dependence on filthy fuels. You can do so in every area of your life, from choices you make regarding your house and home improvements, to food, transportation, and other consumer choices.
An index of previous posts that have referenced green products. These posts have covered building- and home-related products, as well as chocolates, books, and other types of goods. Many of the products mentioned in these posts would make good gifts.
Squeezable packets eliminate the need to measure.
Shorter length and smaller kid friendly hand loop makes it easier for children to handle their four-legged friends
Why we adopt rescue dogs.
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.
It has been fifteen months since heritage breed hog farmer Mark Baker sued the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to stop the implementation of an invasive species order (ISO). The swine ISO supposedly targeted feral swine but could be applied to any domestic pig not raised in confinement. Baker has yet to have his day in court and it is still not settled when his trial will take place. It is common for lawsuits like this to turn into wars of attrition; the state has virtually unlimited resources while the farmers are bled of theirs over the course of the litigation.
The Department of Natural Resources seeks to fine a family for possession of prohibited swine.
Michael Johnathon is a folksinger, songwriter, author and playwright. He also created and hosts the weekly national broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, heard on over 509 public radio stations, American Forces Radio network in 173 nations. In this blog, Michael muses on discovering the joys of folk music and songwriting.
Green products rule at Ambiente 2011, the world's most important consumer goods fair, in Frankfurt, Germany, this week.
Learn why making soap doesn't have to be as intimidating as it may sound. Katherine from Bramble Berry chats with an Herb Companion editor.
This is about my first foray into cheese making.
Discover the tradition of sorghum making.
Taking a new look at non-native invasives, such as wild yams.
Keep your greenhouse above freezing during short cold periods without paying for a heater.
Growing peach pits doesn't get much easier than this.
A profile of the wonderfully tough loquat tree.
A look at the wonderful mulberry tree.
I've been living in my tipi for almost a month now. Last night, under a chorus of screech owl trills and whinnies, I spent a little time reflecting on some things I've learned about this curious way of living. Enjoy.
Don't let summer berries go to waste! Rev up your recipe collection with sorbets, vinegars and even berry wine! Your berries will be the star of the season!
Taste spring sooner-- build yourself a cold frame!
Quick and easy recipe ideas for preserving radishes!
A fresh, modern approach to keeping chickens- the perfect resource for newbies and seasoned pros!
Even those who are new to canning (like us!) can make these savory little pickles! But you'll want to make extra, because they won't last long!
No juice extractor? No problem! This easy method for making fresh, delicious apple juice will have you sipping in no time.
Craving something fresh and homegrown? Short on space and sunny weather? Growing sprouts is for you!
Spring means rhubarb! Make ice cream, jam and more!
How we turned our plain old yard into a productive farm, and how you can do it too!
One of the newest apps for green car owners is Cleaner and Greener Fuels, which locates refueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles.
Tips on how to dispose of pet waste properly for National Dog Day!
Keep your pet safe by learning the dangers posed by certain flea- and tick-control products.
Our experiments with an Alaskan small log mill attached to our chainsaw had variable results making planks from downed trees.
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
A flea market basket that called to me, my grandmother's hand-embroidered linens and a quilt made by a circle of women in Minnesota are among the wabi-sabi items that I wouldn't want to be without.
Contemplations on what we eat and why we pay close attention to our food.
Making Music on the Front Porch ... let's define what the musical Front Porch is.
What exactly is water kefir soda? Well, I describe it as pop that makes you forgo buying cans from the store, all while making your tummy happy. The experts call it a “probiotic beverage made with kefir grains that consist of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship.”
I feed and water my compost “pets,” and they do the same for my plants.
If you’ve always wondered how to make sausage at home, this primer will get you started in sausage making.
How to make a homemade cheese press in order to make a massive cheese.
Making Beeswax candles at the Possibility Alliance allows member's to limit their use of carbon.
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.
Cam can't help but get involved and speak up when he disagrees with things. Sometimes it works!
How a small group of committed people can truly make a change for good.
Here are three simple ideas for making your own seed packets.
How one rural county without animal control regulations or a public pet shelter is working to make a better community for all residents — both humans and their companions.
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.
HOMEGROWN.org introduces Find Good Food, a new page that includes national and state-by-state resources for locating family farmed eats near you. Read it! Share it! Add to it! Make it your own—and help make it even better.
Ed and Laurie struggle with making time for visitors while dealing with all of the daily business and homesteading tasks.
Fun facts about our first year of blogging for Mother Earth News.
A brief description of how we grow fresh vegetables in our long cold winters.
Design features we incorporated into our new off grid home.
Today's FAIR attendees will be well prepared to grow, make and preserve their own food and, as Joel Salatin encourages, get out of the Industriall food system.
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.
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.
Tired of pests? Here are five tips for knocking ‘em back without resorting to pesticides and toxic chemicals.
Chinese water chestnuts are a delicious nutty root that are also easy to grow. Learn more in this article!
Who the heck is Paul Goodman? The car-free visionary who inspired a new documentary and bicycle contest.
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.
Rescue stale bread and veggies and make homemade stuffing mix! You'll never look back!
Our hands take a beating. Be kind to them and make this amazing hand scrub with ingredients right from your pantry!
Forget the propane bbq! Make your own smoker and masonry oven with these two quick videos!
Beat summer heat with this easy, do-it-yourself alternative to an expensive store-bought air conditioner!
Folksinger Michael Johnathon is on tour nationwide. Visit his homepage: www.MichaelJohnathon.com
I am especially concerned with the electricity hogs that keep us burning coal.
Talking about the recent past week where we got several items crossed off the Spring to-do list and managed to have some fun while doing it complete with pictures to illustrate the good times.
Learn how to make your own bushcraft knife using only simple tools and materials, including an old file.
From cleaning raw beeswax to enjoying the final product, Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will take you step by step through the process of making beeswax candles.
Beekeeping allows us to have not only honey, but also the wax. This is a story of how to make beeswax candles with molds and some of the difficulties I have yet to resolve.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my short time of being a goat herder, it’s that at breeding time, the goats are in charge.
Iain continues to battle with the frustration of starting up a candle making business hitting trouble at every corner. Here he talks about his plans moving forward and how he still plans to succeed in his socially responsible candle making business
Dyan writes about the changing season at Bittersweet Farm, and introduces us to the newest member of the flock, a black sheep named Little Man.
Irma Epps talks about making sorghum during the '30s and '40s and her father's love of the sweet substance.
Slightly underripe apples that fall to the ground must be picked up, so why not cut away the bugs and bruises and put them to good use? Here’s how to turn windfall apples into supernutritious drinks and snacks.
Learn what a typical family homestead in the late 19th century produced: The diversity and efficiency is surprising and inspiring information for any modern homesteader! This is Part Three of a four-part series on the author's work to discover the history of her farm.
Learn what a typical Kansas family homestead in the late 19th century produced: The diversity and efficiency of their farm sales is surprising and inspiring information for any modern homesteader! This is Part Three of a four-part series on the author's work to discover the history of her farm.
Springtime in Urbania can be fraught with temptations at the stores. I have managed to navigate these temptations, sometimes just by 'smelling the clover hay'! Now that the veggies are in, all we have to do is wait for the summer vegetable frittata!
Learn to make mascarpone cheese with this simple recipe.
Iain, working to build his socially responsible candle-making company, gets all his new equipment arriving from Holland.
How we milled lumber, made a gate and installed the gate during a break in the weather.
Cam admits to admiring Oprah and watching her show from time to time.
Our little farm received the USDA Value Added Producer Grant and we are embarking on an exciting future. Be with us from start to finish.
What’s with glycerin? It’s a soap-making byproduct with antibacterial properties, but it’s often made with animal fat derivatives, which isn’t really our thing. So, we figured out how to make our own veggie version with coconut oil, opening up a whole world of kitchen pantry beauty concoctions.
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.
Life is full of amazing things and remarkable people that make our lives richer and worthwhile. However, many of us hone in on what's wrong with life and others. Focusing on the good will bring great happiness to you. It will turn your life around.
Our experience with our local cooperative.
In this blog we share someone else's story about old fashioned home made ingenuity concerning deep well pumps that operate without electricity.
A snapshot of winter life living remote and off grid.
Things we have done to earn an income from home in a down economy.
Things we did to make our new home more sustainable.
Costs associated with providing your own water.
Living in a community that has those who served in the armed forces and make good neighbors.
According to FDA data, the quantity of antibiotics sold for livestock use in this country continues to rise, topping 29 million pounds in 2011. This has a direct effect on the efficacy these same drugs will have on us. Sam Spitz has personal experience with a resistant illness and FamilyFarmed.org asked him to tell his story. It’s a cautionary tale that should have us all making better food choices. Read how we can all influence the campaign to end the misuse of antibiotics in livestock and keep antibiotics working for us when we need them!
The final result of a reporting a water violation and having a creek restored.
Keep your pets from licking off herbal ointments by adding a pinch of cayenne.
Compassionate people without a county animal shelter organize a non-profit group to help low-income families keep their pets during hard times and to support Good Samaritans who take in abandoned pets
Earth Days, a poignant, 2009 Sundance Film Fesitval success, will premier on Facebook April 11, and on the PBS Network April 19.
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list — all under $50!
Homestead skills of yogurt-making and bread-baking increase your independence from grocery store aisles and international food conglomerates.
Time to plant sorghum in the Ozarks. When do you plant sorghum in your neck of the woods?
Here's your opportunity to win a dough whisk from King Arthur Flour. This odd-looking contraption does a fantastic job of mixing together all kinds of dough.
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.
Here's some hints on how to juggle cheese-making among the many other homesteading chores. Mozzarella and cheddar can both be woven in while doing other tasks, but there's nothing like clabbered cheese for ease of making.
Curing your own bacon is so simple that anyone can do it. Here's how to do so, complete with recipe and step-by-step.
Making homemade sour cream and cream cheese is easier than you might think. Try these two simple recipes.
Katie and Martin Clemons share how they make super-efficient use of every inch in their 36-square-foot kitchen. How much appliance do you really need?
Robert Zwald shares his childhood experiences of selling frogs for fish bait and working on the family farm in the 1920s. This is part three of eight of Robert's stories.
Our winner of the KAF dough whisk is Dea Keen, and here is her pizza dough recipe.
Polyface Farm Field Day! This week was all about prep for all our visitors, lot of processing and for some last minute hay making.
Many of us listen to negative internal messages about ourselves that drag us down, robbing us of happiness. To find happiness, you must change the dialogue inside your head. Focus on what is good in you and all that you do to brighten others' lives.
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
How to make candles you can really light from the peel of Clementine oranges. A wintertime craft...just oil and an orange peel!
If you want to achieve your goals, stop making excuses for the things that go wrong on your path to success. Learn from them. Never stop trying to improve. And never stop trying. Work smart and hard.
Get out of your shell and lend a hand to those around you, even perfect strangers – you’ll be amazed at what you become and how your kindness touches others
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
In Simran Sethi's final post, she describes her philosophy on sustainability.
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
Take a visual tour of the events at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
We all have dreams but why is it that some are so lucky that they come true?
OK,I'm giving no hints as to why you should think like a chemist...Read it and see for yourself. At the very least, you'll be entertained by a crazy new way of thinking about life.