problems and hints on mountain snow.
How we live in the mountains during the winter.
Snow in the mountains is different than snow found at lower elevations.
What we do on snow days in the mountains when it is snowing hard outside.
A front-mounted snowblower with a 72-inch cutting width is now available for Bobcat compact tractors. The new snowblower joins front-mounted models with 49- and 62-inch cutting widths introduced last year.
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.
We enjoy sledding and snowshoeing in the winter as outdoor activities.
Winter has it's challenges, but the snow-capped beauty and the adventure of living simply amongst it makes it more than worth it.
After a month and a half of subzero temps, even 20 degrees Fahrenheit feels warm.
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
Get a great idea for a bird feeder in this week’s Photo of the Week. Keep submitting your photos every week for a chance to be the Photo of the Week!
KIOTI Tractor is pleased to announce the expansion of their popular implement and attachment lines.
Ogden Publications, Natural Home’s publisher, is now a certified B Corporation, using its clout to solve social and environmental problems.
It's hard to get rid of cicadas. But the cicada killer wasps they attract are nothing to worry about.
Most people want to contribute to a positive future. But their intention is often obstructed by the things they perceive that they cannot do. In frustration, they stop thinking about it. When we stop thinking about it, we feel a sense of relief. That sense of relief is, perhaps, the biggest threat to the world’s natural environment today.
Eco-friendly device quietly and quickly removes snow without the emissions, noise and strain.
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.
You can find joy and delight in the season of cold and snow.
The new 15 and 25 series snow pushers from Land Pride are available in 3 popular sizes.
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.
Summer skin problems are irritating and embarrassing. Show off your best skin with these inexpensive natural remedies.
Choosing homesteading as a way of life and what it takes.
Some of the difficulties we encounter in gardening at a high elevation
In the beauty of autumn comes a time of preparation for winter. The many necessary tasks to be prepared if you are self sufficient.
Clearing away snow has just gotten a charge from Snow Joe, the leading US supplier of over 140 products for snow removal and other seasonal needs. I got my hands on their latest innovation, a cordless snow blower powered by a 40-volt lithium ion battery, and compared it to their top-selling cord-based electric snow thrower.
Take a look at winter in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
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.
Calculating the amount of mountain snow to actual moisture.
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting.
Thank goodness for good friends who will share their garden harvest with those of us less skilled.
The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization published a new analysis that depicts the dangerous flaws in oil spill response and outlines technology they claim will save marine life, oceans, animals and people, while saving millions of dollars.
Hybrid cars now have a 12-year history in the United States, but hybrid car battery replacements have been surprisingly unnecessary. Most of the hybrid cars on the road are still using their original battery packs — even many of the 300,000-mile Ford Escape Hybrids used as taxis in New York and San Francisco.
Some of Cam's best inspirations come to him in his sleep!
With the inventiveness of visionaries like Elon Musk, technological advances can help create a better world, while remaining useful and cool.
Why we adopt rescue dogs.
Hear the sleigh bells ringing in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
Dogsleds are clean, green and run on renewable energy.
Participate this year in the annual Christmas Bird Count from December 14, 2012 - January 5, 2013 and help scientists understand how bird populations have changed over the past century.
Tips for driving safely and saving gas during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Cam shares the "joys" of a living in a house with a metal roof.
How important our tractor and snow thrower are in keeping us from getting snowed in. Our local cooperative.
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?
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.
Homesteading with dogs in remote mountain living. Considerations in providing a good safe homestead environment for your cherished pets.
Mountain Rose Herbs honored with Social and Fair Trade Certification.
There is hard work homesteading in the mountains and the weather dictates much of those challenges.
How a single purchase of a magazine in newsprint in 1970 changed my life.
Taking time to reflect on the past brings renewed appreciation to the present.
Other than the four regular seasons there is a fifth season in the mountains called mud season.
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.
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
The forests in Colorado are dying at a fast rate. Find out what's to blame.
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.
Tips for snow removal around your house and down the road.
Built tough for farmers, landscapers, ranchers construction companies and homeowners these unique implements give an added versatility to bucket loaders.
Inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk leaves little doubt about how far vision and imagination can take us in addressing ecological challenges.
The tale of Carlotta's last day. A trip to the processor. Real happenings on a goat farm, it's not always lollipops and rainbows.
Worksaver, Inc. introduces new clamp-on snow blades, ideal for compact tractors with non-quick attach buckets.
A typical winter morning chore - cleaning off the solar panels.
When it's -30 degrees outside you can make your own snow!
Choose smarter features for better results.
Earth Gauge describes the links between geography and weather during Geography Awareness Week.
Removing large quantities of snow. For more on how we cope with snow check out our personal blog at www.brucecarolcabin.blogspot.com where we post regular updates on our life here on the mountain.
The new L3200 and L3800 deliver extra horsepower providing superior and efficient performance. Both models come equipped with either a gear-drive or three-range HST and an ample 10-gallon fuel tank, providing excellent efficiency.
Tips that we have learned gardening at a high elevation.
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!
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
A chirping predator may be an unexpected and unwanted visitor. Mountain lions do chirp and one set me on edge.
Living in the mountains or remotely requires physical endurance as well as being fit.
The most basic part of food is the seed. Learn to grow and save your own. You can do this at home, but if you want to further hone your skills, attend Seed School.
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.
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
Our typical day living in the mountains in the winter.
Communication and honesty is essential to decide important issues like a complete lifestyle change.
Life really is good when you live on a dirt road.
Environmental journalist Simran Sethi discusses the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill with Oceana’s Senior Campaign Director Jackie Savitz.
How fast climate change will require you and your descendants to move north in order to keep farming and gardening a serious question you should be asking yourself.
On a snowy winter morning, the kitchen table becomes the grand cathedral of a home. It is the place of family, song, wood fires, community and love as we wait for spring.
We wade through deep snow to trim limbs and cut dead trees and nothing goes to waste.
How we cope with heavy snow in the mountains.
Mountain Rose Herbs hosted a three day benefit festival for Cascadia Wildlands in September of this year.
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.
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.
Discover the Ozarks region's natural beauty and adventure hot spots as told by Mike McArthy of Photozarks.
Celebrate Meatless Monday with this sweet, tangy spring risotto.
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.