The forests in Colorado are dying at a fast rate. Find out what's to blame.
With inexpensive or repurposed wood, you can build a small table using basic tools.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is teaming up with popular country, bluegrass and folk musicians, including Dave Matthews and Patty Loveless, for Music Saves Mountains—a one-night fundraising event to end mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachians.
As tropical plants go, pineapples are one of the easiest to grow.
Blister beetles can be picked up fairly easily; just remember to wear gloves!
A bark beetle outbreak is causing widespread damage in Western forests, but we have every reason to believe the forest will recover.
Japanese beetles feed for six to eight weeks, and in that time, they are able to feed on over 300 plant species. Although collecting beetles may seem like an exhausting every day task, you're plants will appreciate it.
Choosing homesteading as a way of life and what it takes.
Growing pine trees from seed will allow you to produce lots of trees very economically. Follow these instructions to propagate pine trees from seed.
In the beauty of autumn comes a time of preparation for winter. The many necessary tasks to be prepared if you are self sufficient.
Some of the difficulties we encounter in gardening at a high elevation
Many criticize eliminating coal mining in West Virginia because of the amount of jobs the sector provides. A wind farm, however, would employ over 200 local residents during the two-year construction phase, and create 40-50 permanent maintenance jobs afterward. A wind farm would also allow the mountain to be used for other purposes, like sustainable forestry, mountain harvesting, and gathering of wild forest plants, creating additional jobs and the opportunity for stable income for locals.
Thank goodness for good friends who will share their garden harvest with those of us less skilled.
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting.
Spring time is a time to experience the newness of life and living in the Sangre de Cristo mountains amid the wildflowers, birds, green woods and new birth.
Find out what your options are for getting orange Asian lady beetles out of your house.
Orchard soil health is a topic that gets covered as well as the new asparagus beetle management system and how it seems to be working better than we could have hoped for. Dielectric grease to prevent rust and corrosion on the golf cart battery post.
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
Hiking to the top of our mountain, the breathing view, the soothing effect.
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting. This segment is on using natural resources around the homestead.
Riches sometimes come from natural resources - not always connected with dollar signs.
Tree rings tell the tale. It is nice and green here now but our plants and weeds are acclimated to semi arid and have deep roots.
Mountain Rose Herbs honored with Social and Fair Trade Certification.
Homesteading with dogs in remote mountain living. Considerations in providing a good safe homestead environment for your cherished pets.
What we do on snow days in the mountains when it is snowing hard outside.
PBS and Ken Burns’ new series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” is stirring up interest in some of our country’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring nature, as well as its people. And it’s no surprise that many of MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers have fond memories of these wilderness areas. What are your favorite memories and stories regarding our national parks?
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
Communication and honesty is essential to decide important issues like a complete lifestyle change.
Our typical day living in the mountains in the winter.
Taking a ride on an old steam engine.
Reflections on 15 years of mountain living.
How we have adapted from salt water fishing to freshwater and what we do with our catch.
How we live in the mountains during the winter.
Looking for a way to boost your immune system naturally as the colder months settle in? Enter our latest sweepstakes to win immune-enhancing herbal products from Mountain Rose Herbs!
Mountain Rose Herbs hosted a three day benefit festival for Cascadia Wildlands in September of this year.
Where we go to reflect on life and relax.
Elizabeth Van Deventer has been on a quest to find the answer to sustainable farming and an ethical diet most of her life. Follow along as she discovers the impacts of producing tea, palm oil and fruit, and how she eventually settles on a lifestyle that is in tune with the earth and all of its creatures.
In the hollows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this true Christmas celebration was simple, inexpensive and rich with tradition.
This is part two of my visit to King Arthur Flour, the concluding blog of the four-day event.
Discover the Ozarks region's natural beauty and adventure hot spots as told by Mike McArthy of Photozarks.
This mojito recipe from a surprising source--a Teahouse--is light, refreshing and not too sweet--perfect for a warm summer evening.
After a wildfire destroyed their off-the-grid compound in Colorado, Betty and Rolland rebuilt—better than before—following Rolland’s creed: no plywood, no plastic and nothing that smells bad when it burns. The wildlife around their home approve.
Whether or not it was devised by clever Mexican potato growers, the cheap, easy to build, and space-saving potato tower is a unique alternative to rows, barrels, and other methods for planting, growing, and bringing in your season's spuds.
There's honey in the hive, peaches on the trees, and food on the table, but it's still a long way from self-sufficiency.