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.
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.
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.
Get our expert advice on homemade options for laundry soap.
Cap off your Hemp History Week celebrations by making hemp soap. Hemp oil contains essential fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids known for their excellent emollient and lubricating properties.
The ‘Kiwi House’ is organized around the primal element of fire.
Learn how to make soap with Robin Bedford of Possum Hollow Farm Soap.
Skip the packaging and synthetic chemicals and learn how to make your own, cold-processed shampoo bars.
Tulikivi provides a “green” cost-effective heating solution because it uses less wood to heat the same space than with a traditional wood burner.
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.
Easy handmade soap recipe using tallow and lard.
Here are three easy Easter basket items for you to make. Children can act as helpers, or you can surprise them. Make rainbow crayons, mini soaps and bath bombs.
Here are three great reasons that hemp cultivation should be legal in the United States: food, health and shelter.
Making a batch of homemade soap for family use can be done quickly and simply.
Here are instructions for making a quick and easy batch of stained glass soap. Once you get the basics down you can make all sorts of unusual and beautiful embedded soap to give as gifts or enjoy for yourself.
This is about my first foray into cheese making.
Discover the tradition of sorghum making.
BioSafe Systems, LLC is the manufacturer of sustainable and environmentally responsible disease control solutions.
To make liquid hand soap all you need is a bar of soap and a cheese grater. What could be easier?
Goat School needs a class room, visit our Kickstarter project and enjoy our video of Goat School!
Let’s break down the soap-making process and start scrubbin’ with homemade bars!
USDA-organic personal care line now styled after Dr. Bronner’s iconic castile soap label.
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.
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.
Making Beeswax candles at the Possibility Alliance allows member's to limit their use of carbon.
Way back when, I made mead. I think it was back with Leif Erickson or some guy by that name. Of course, back then we had rotary phones, the Internet existed as ARPANET (look it up), and I was on the cutting edge when it came to computer development. I also stumbled across a USENET post for how to make mead.
Second part of article regarding home wine making.
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.
Have you ever considered using lard to make soap? It is easy to locate, inexpensive, and has a long history as a soap-making staple. This recipe adds a few extras to improve the conditioning qualities of traditional lard soap.
This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.
Get a glimpse of some of the unique exhibitors at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
Part II of a tutorial on how to make cold-process soap. The directions are intended for the absolute beginner and use easy-to-locate materials.
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.
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.
Cam admits to admiring Oprah and watching her show from time to time.
The following are some helpful hints and tips to keep in mind while using a sourdough starter that can help you keep your sourdough culture in good condition.
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.
Before you begin to make your own wine in the Midwest, it’s good to have an overview of the craft itself and also determine if your area of the country is an area where grapes be successfully grown and utilized for wine production. As with many hobbies, it is not just the end result, but the process itself, that provides an intriguing experience.
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.
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.
How we milled lumber, made a gate and installed the gate during a break in the weather.
Iain, working to build his socially responsible candle-making company, gets all his new equipment arriving from Holland.
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.
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.
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.
How to select and find the right pet for you. Non professional guidelines.
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.
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.
How to make candles you can really light from the peel of Clementine oranges. A wintertime craft...just oil and an orange peel!
Take a visual tour of the events at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair in Puyallup, Washington.