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2/18/2011
Simple to make, this stone bath mat is a treat for your feet.
8/2/2005
We just sent the September/October issue off to the printer, so we’re complete with bathrooms and harvest menus and it’s time to move onto bedrooms and holiday preparations.
7/1/2008
This ancient beverage has provided a nutritious, naturally-caffeinated boost for centuries and a new carbon-subtracting brand benefits the earth and consumers alike.
5/27/2010
This bathhouse from CU user SolarLadyfromNorwood proudly uses the sun to power it through the day. Making good use of alternative energy, the bathhouse surrounded by lush grass looks like a great little escape. Adorned with a sign and additional artwork, this
3/21/2011
Essentia introduces the world's first memory foam mattress made without chemicals.
12/6/2013
Chickens rock. One way to make the chicken experience even more rewarding is to build your own coop. Here's a description of one coop and some ideas for you.
4/7/2014
A mortarless rock-wall raised garden bed is easily constructed with simple tools and adds long-lasting natural beauty.
11/17/2011
Planet Connect's Get Green Video Contest wants you to show how you can Green Your City with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
4/22/2013
Some wisdom for chicken owners who are just getting started, from a chicken owner who is still getting started.
5/30/2013
We’re all in this for the glory projects: the garden, chickens, bees, and wind turbine. But there’s one thing all new homesteaders should do before getting started on these other projects. By: Matt Kelly
12/4/2010
Part 1 in a series on Mat and his wife's experiences dealing with toxic mold, its health effects, and what you can do to eliminate or control mold in your home.
8/1/2008
Don't choose vinyl: There is a greener option.
8/14/2008
Recycled, repurposed or reclaimed — whatever you call it, using old furniture in new ways is an affordable, eco-friendly DIY project.
9/15/2013
Learn how one person is celebrating her birthday by raising money to bring clean water to those who need it.
3/29/2011
Made from natural minerals, sea salt, water, sand, recycled coal byproducts and natural fibers, CompoClay is a promising alternative to gypsum, engineered wood and resins.
5/11/2012
Robert Maxwell explains how to build your own limestone foundation for almost no money.
3/30/2012
A recycled cork yoga mat prototype gets a rigorous workout as one editor puts it through the ropes in her quest for more eco-friendly Zen.  
10/8/2010
What is true sustainability? In this post, Matthew Stein explores the definition of what it takes to make a world that is truly sustainable.
6/6/2013
Tornado, facts, myths, and tips to help you make the right decision when facing a possible tornado strike.
7/13/2007
Calculating your fuel economy is easy and can help you save big bucks at the pump.
6/4/2011
It's opening day at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR! We're covering all kinds of cool gardening topics at the Organic Gardening Stage.
3/13/2009
Of our daily water use, 75 percent is consumed in the bathroom. Changing our habits can cut back on our use. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence advises on how to save water and energy in the bathroom.
12/17/2010
We’re looking for reader tips about the worst garden weeds and how best to manage them. Share you advice with us, and read how other readers are dealing with weeds in their gardens.
5/25/2012
Wireless temperature control mattresses and pads offer a dream come true for restless sleepers.
7/27/2010
A spray bar and squeegee for washing your pets, all in one tool!
3/13/2012
This very simple indirect stepping stone technique allows you to make multiple stepping stones that will be beautiful and long lasting. It is good for individual stones and for large group projects involving all ages.
12/20/2011
Debbie Mildfelt shares memories of her grandmother's stories, exploring the life of a large family on a small Kansas farm.
8/1/2008
Are your granite countertops safe? Have you noticed a strange glow about them? Could they power a nuclear energy plant? Some granite has been found to be radioactive.
6/5/2008
With the right constuction techniques, the straw bales in a straw bale home will last as long as the building does. Check out this expert advice on how to build durable straw bale houses.
11/20/2013
Learn how to identify the right time to butcher laying hens for meat.
5/6/2013
This stone fascia is a practical solution for wildfire prevention. It's attractive and uses local natural resources.
7/15/2013
Canning is the penance for spring, when you couldn’t stop yourself from putting out one more row of tomato starts. Canning is the human’s attempt to make the hottest days of the year even more sizzling indoors than they are out.
8/12/2013
Trying to tend to kids AND a garden.
8/6/2013
How my dad defended himself from overly generous gardeners.
9/11/2013
Non-gardeners and gardeners are very, very different creatures.
8/21/2013
Want to grow and save your own vegetable seeds? Meet Fruition Seeds. They produce regionally-adapted, organically-grown seeds. And they can show you how to do it too.
4/2/2014
When a chicken dies suddenly for no obvious reason, it's unsettling. But it's not uncommon. Here are some possible causes for that sudden death in your otherwise healthy flock.
12/28/2010
Backcasting into the future: a powerful tool for developing creative pathways towards a sustainable world and a bright, positive future for Planet Earth!
2/11/2013
Car tips for prepping and survival for driving in extreme winter weather.
2/7/2011
California architect Matthew Hofman gives a 1978 Airstream a good green makeover.
9/28/2011
There can be no greater happiness, the Japanese say, than to live a life that follows the natural order of things.
11/26/2013
A Garden Planner subscription is a budget-friendly gift that offers the satisfaction of spending the chillier chunks of the calendar plotting the bounty ahead.
10/21/2013
The Keystone Center, in partnership with the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, is hosting a regional food workshop called “The Traditional Winter Garden: Fresh Food From December to March.”
4/21/2011
Green is Universal and Etsy's The Art of Reuse Contest is a gold mine for DIY home project ideas. My favorite pays homage to Audrey Hepburn's ahead-of-its-time sofa made from an old clawfoot bathtub in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
9/6/2011
A company called From War to Peace makes “peace bronze” out of disarmed nuclear missile systems. The bronze is then transformed into cool items such as jewelry and bottle openers.
10/22/2012
A brief summary of the vast amount of data we've compiled over the last few years on experimenting with rotational chicken pastures on our homestead.
11/1/2011
A recent study by German carpet company suggests that its Cradle-to-Cradle-certified carpet might actually improve indoor air quality.
11/2/2012
Bill McKibben is doing a national tour to raise awareness about climate change and to build a movement around changing the way we use energy.
7/5/2013
Catching and moving chickens is a cinch if you train them from the start and use these chicken-catching tips.
9/9/2010
A little pampering can go a long way in making you feel rested, cared for and treated — and it doesn’t have to be expensive or involve complex chemistry. Check out this recipe for homemade bubble bath, and share your tips for creating a do-it-yourself home spa experience.
5/18/2011
Inspired by back-to-the-landers Scott and Helen Nearing, Kate NaDeau grows her own food and enjoys the simple pleasures of seasonal living in her handbuilt stone cottage in Maine. She is the epitome of good wabi-sabi living.
11/29/2010
Simran Sethi writes about the importance of eco-friendly mattresses, bed frames, and bedding.
9/6/2013
I learned an important gardening lesson from fighting tomato blight.
3/20/2013
This current situation is a perfect example of the 80/20 rule of homesteading: 80 percent of your time, energy and effort is spent on maintenance; 20 percent on progress towards the dream. A majority of your time homesteading is spent covered in chicken poop, squashing potato bugs, figuring out why gas isn’t getting to the carburetor in the ATV and shoveling snow after dark by headlamp.
7/16/2013
The journey to a self-sufficient life is a bumpy ride. Having a backup plan — or two — can make all the difference in your progress.
2/5/2012
Nuclear Armageddon due to solar flares or EMP, avoidable for teh cost of a single Stealth bomber
9/1/2010
If your job, finances, family commitments, etc., have thwarted or delayed your dreams of self-reliance, you don’t have to wait until you can afford a 20 acre parcel. You can start working where you are now to build and nurture self-reliant living skills that are sure to provide you with more peace of mind and improved health, and will most likely be of great personal benefit during the coming decades of global challenge and change.
8/21/2013
Our Vegetable Garden Planner assists you in planting your fall garden by giving you planting dates specific to your location, projected harvest dates and more.
2/8/2013
Learn how to rotate crops with this helpful crop rotation video.
12/11/2013
Need gift ideas? Check out these 10 natural beauty products, including lip balm, face wash, body wash, nail polish and more.
3/18/2014
Get advice on all things garden seed, from organizing seeds and ordering seeds to understanding seed catalog terms such as open-pollinated and F1 hybrid.
1/31/2013
Summing up the last week of mostly frozen stuff except for a brief thaw.
1/10/2011
Home energy management, electric cars and solar gadgets take starring roles at consumer electronics industry’s biggest trade show.
8/31/2010
Hand crafted from recycled materials, each item one of a kind.
6/2/2009
Green builder Jim Gooley gutted an Airstream Trailer and renovated it with cork flooring, clay plaster walls, bamboo countertops and other eco-friendly materials.
7/23/2010
Your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great place to find inexpensive building supplies and appliances, and you can even donate your leftover supplies when your project is complete. Proceeds from your purchases support Habitat for Humanity and future housing projects.
12/11/2013
Dig in to our wealth of food preservation resources to learn how to keep fall crops edible well into winter.
12/4/2013
Safely eliminate mice in your home with these house mouse control tips.
5/13/2013
These beekeeping resources will help beginning beekeepers get started raising bees.
7/5/2013
If you want a live Christmas tree, plan ahead and take steps to help it prosper after the holiday season.
7/5/2013
Get rid of fire ants — without using heavy-duty chemical pesticides — with these tips for fire ant control.
5/13/2013
Learn what to do when you come across onion flowers and garlic flowers in your garden.
2/14/2014
What does “Certified Organic” mean? Food labels can be befuddling, but we’re here to help. Learn the standards that guide the “Certified Organic” label.
3/7/2014
Gardeners in certain regions frequently ask about how to improve clay soil. Lighten up your heavy clay soil by using organic matter, sand and other soil conditioners.
3/26/2012
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.
11/7/2012
Press Release about UNEP/GEF en.lighten initiative’s Toolkit, “Achieving the Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting.”
10/18/2012
New technology achieves 80 percent energy efficiency during the coffee roasting process.
1/16/2014
Pickled garlic is both delicious and easy to make. Ever wondered why pickled garlic turns blue? Find out here!
8/22/2012
Using oil seed radishes to add organic matter to the ground and attracting native pollinators with a nest site. Harvesting sweet potato seeds if we're lucky and admiring the parasitic wasp's ability to lay white egg sacs into the body of a horn worm
10/7/2011
The Organic Trade Association is vital to the success of the organic industry and I’m thrilled to serve alongside such a talented and well-respected group of industry leaders.
5/23/2011
Extolling the virtues of salvaging and reusing building materials
3/15/2010
The International Green Construction Code, an International Code Council initiative, released its first set of green building standards today. Standard 189.1 addresses energy efficiency, site sustainability, materials and resources, and more.
4/6/2012
A lookout tower home, which features reclaimed materials, connects its homeowner with her past, present and future.
4/18/2012
The Organic Materials Review Institute was formed by organic certifiers back in 1997 to focus exclusively on the products and materials used by farmers.
2/5/2014
Glimpse a view into the world of cordwood construction. This old-fashioned, natural building technique can inspire you to build an energy-efficient, mortgage-free house of your own.
2/10/2011
A doctor, soldier, father and husband died tragically in a bicycle crash. Now, justice is being served as the driver faces a reckless homicide charge.
4/8/2011
The Reincarnated McMansion Project aims to tear down one inefficient, climate-insensitive suburban house and replace it with two small, green, handcrafted homes.
4/1/2011
Reacting against the built-for-resale mentality that's destroying our modern homes' liveability, Slow Home Studio offers a path to a more satisfying home.
10/23/2010
What does it take to build truly sustainable houses – the kind people really want and can afford? If you build small and use natural building materials, then most likely you’ll be able to build your own home in a reasonable amount of time for cash.
1/1/0001
These natural cold and flu remedies will help you build up your immune system and reduce the duration and discomfort of colds and flu.
9/18/2013
Using leaves in the garden will boost the soil’s organic matter.
5/13/2013
Growing organic apples isn’t impossible! Follow these tips and methods for avoiding pest damage and growing apples organically.
10/2/2013
Growing pine trees from seed will allow you to produce lots of trees very economically. Follow these instructions to propagate pine trees from seed.
5/13/2013
Many wood finishes contain toxic solvents or heavy-metal drying agents. Learn which nontoxic wood finishes are best to use on decks, fences and unfinished, wood-sided homes.
6/5/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Shelley Stonebrook offers tips for building permanent garden beds and paths. Shelley presented her workshop “10 Great Ways to Make Gardening Easier” at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash.
6/5/2011
Get a glimpse of some of the unique exhibitors at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
3/24/2011
Homeowners are willing to splurge on kitchen and bath remodels, but they're not interested in building luxury or second homes, according to an American Institute of Architects survey.
10/11/2012
Conergy Projects Group has broken ground on a 725 kw photovoltaic system for T&P Farms out of Arbuckle, Calif.
11/1/2012
The ENERGY STAR Rebate Finder app uses your zip code to find sales tax exemptions, credits, or rebates on qualified products.
2/13/2013
If someone told you that you were losing money just by sitting in your home, you would probably want to do whatever you could to change that. Well the reality is that your home is using up energy regularly, and there is a huge chunk of that energy that you do not even need. Luckily, we live in a time when technology is constantly coming up with ways to fix problems such as these. Here are some of the ways that technology can help to save the environment, as well as your wallet.
1/23/2011
Finca Bella Vista in Costa Rica, a community of sustainable treehouses in the jungle canopy, connected by zip lines and suspension bridges, is an Ewok Village come to life.
12/17/2010
Simran Sethi writes about choosing eco-friendly paints, tiles, and other aspects of her renovated bathroom.
10/12/2010
Cam loves his four-wheel drive truck ... despite being an environmentalist!
6/6/2011
At this time of year, Cam feels a little overwhelmed by the gardening chores ahead of him.
6/24/2011
Cam has an exciting evening when his neighbor drops off another expectant cow.
7/18/2011
Michelle discovers a new threat to her basil plants!
2/17/2012
After 35 years together, Cam can still make Michelle laugh. He just has to try a little harder...
3/26/2012
Our 4 eggs a day suddenly became just one egg a day and so we had a mystery to solve!
4/17/2012
We've added a rooster to our small flock and he's fitting in just fine!
6/7/2012
Cam has found a new use for old rice bags - turn them into man purses!
9/4/2012
A chicken describes a typical day of treats at Sunflower Farm.
10/24/2012
Comly Wilson, Associate with CleanEdison, a solar installation training provider, offers her tips to remedy 6 common mistakes solar PV installers make when setting up new photovoltaic systems.
5/5/2011
So maybe you can't afford the pricey furniture and decor on display at the design shows in Milan and Vegas. Just take a look at these ideas and start riffing.
11/7/2012
As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Nov. 7, 2012, a lease for commercial wind energy development 11 nautical miles off the coast of Delaware.
7/6/2011
Green Earth Technologies is a “totally green” clean tech company that combines sustainable, American sourced, bio-based ingredients with proprietary technologies shaped around the four ideologies of being GREEN: biodegradable, renewable, recyclable and environmentally safe.
9/28/2010
Recently, I had an epiphany in a building supply center. Even though I’ve been in the building trades for over 35 years and made countless trips to purchase building supplies, this trip was different.
6/6/2012
Broadening your understanding of mold and mildew in the house will help you to eliminate this hazard to health and home value.
12/30/2010
Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Houses highlight energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality and great new green materials.  
4/14/2011
Guy and Kay Baker and their three sons spent five years building a small weekend cabin in Alabama from scraps and salvage. When the 1,100-square feet house was complete, they loved it so much they made it their permanent home.
11/16/2011
The shopping website Hipcycle offers beautiful upcycled products for your home and garden.
4/20/2012
Jessica features Dan Phillips, Phoenix Commotion founder and builder of fascinating houses made with reclaimed materials.
8/26/2013
At the Mother Earth News Fair, I always enjoy speaking with fellow farmers and gardeners about inputs, organic standards and sound practices in the field. At the OMRI booth, we always provide free OMRI Products Lists of approved input materials, to help you find the right fertilizer or livestock feed additive and keep your farm or garden truly organic .
3/28/2012
This index links to some recent and popular posts related to green building, design, remodeling, and home improvement. The posts cover a broad range of topics, from green products to projects to practices, as well as sustainable communities.
4/19/2011
Whether I'm in the market for something funky or just a few bricks for the garden, I always visit Boulder ReSource first. Check out this expert's tips on mining your local salvage yard for gems.
6/20/2011
Matt and Kelly Grocoff keep cool in Michigan by taking advantage of their 110-year-old home's natural ventilation strategies. It's as easy as opening a couple of strategically placed windows.
7/8/2011
Give your bathroom a little flair--and have fun doing it--by creating a backsplash from pebbles, pennies or whatever's rattling around in the bottom of the toolbox. This fun, simple project is perfect for everyone--whether you're a DIYer or not.
8/9/2010
Cam shares his love affair with garlic and explains the work involved with growing and processing organically-grown garlic.
8/16/2010
Cam grows a patch of wheat to see how much work is involved. He will never take a loaf of bread for granted again!
10/20/2010
Cam considers the effect of Peak Oil on our wandering ways....
10/24/2010
Cam considers how peak oil will impact our love of travel.
10/28/2010
It's been quite a fall for mushrooms around here...
11/30/2010
Cam learns to appreciate country music.
1/11/2011
Cam considers the care and upkeep of an outdoor skating rink as an art form.
1/17/2011
Sometimes the wildlife can get kind of wild around here....
2/7/2011
Cam appreciates his local volunteer fire department.
2/24/2011
Cam describes how an act of kindness many years ago has inspired him to help others.
3/2/2011
Cam has a feeling that this concept of "cloud computing" is all going to end in tears....
3/11/2011
Cam welcomed a group of high school students to his home/office recently.
3/22/2011
Cam enjoys a sense of accomplishment many times a day as he uses his sidewalk!
4/13/2011
Cam promotes the return to our independent roots.
5/20/2011
Cam describes a mosquito infestation INSIDE his house.
6/1/2011
Cam gives an update on his new chickens!
6/13/2011
Cam and Michelle enjoy having their first "HelpX" volunteers to help out in the gardens!
6/17/2011
Cam babysits a baby goat for the weekend.
6/29/2011
Cam thinks his chickens resemble Captain Jack Sparrow. Has he been spending too much time in the sun?
7/13/2011
Cam describes his weight loss program which involves lots and lots of gardening....
7/20/2011
Michelle knows how much work it is to grow strawberries.... and she's happy to be able to buy them at any price!
7/28/2011
Cam enjoyed another week with some volunteer helpers!
8/24/2011
Cam is getting worn out trying to keep up with watering during a drought.
9/23/2011
Cam has a great deal of respect for farmers.
10/14/2011
Cam shares six important lessons that he has learned from his chickens.
2/10/2012
Cam is appalled by how much stuff he has accumulated and how much stuff other people have too.
3/15/2012
Every fall Cam is tired of gardening and vows to make his vegetable garden smaller. Every spring he is excited about getting back in the garden and ends up making it bigger!
4/24/2012
Cam describes the zen-like state he achieves while splitting firewood.
5/10/2012
Cam ponders the wisdom of starting a CSA at the ripe old age of 52.
5/15/2012
Cam describes a recent encounter with some aggressive dogs.
6/5/2012
Cam is mourning the loss of his beloved dog Morgan.
6/19/2012
Cam found a way to expand his chicken coop without spending a lot!
7/10/2012
Cam is exhausted but exhilarated by the early success of his CSA.
8/14/2012
Cam is enjoying a bumper crop of onions this year!
8/28/2012
It's Week #11 of our CSA and we can't find boxes big enough to fit all of the great produce!!
1/23/2013
Cam discovers he isn't as young as he once was while enjoying a sense of community at the local arena.
6/21/2011
Lemony sorrel is the base for a classic Eastern European soup that's equally good served hot or cold. It's fast, easy and tastes of spring and early summer.
4/29/2011
The Phoenix Commotion gives low-income people trade skills and shelter by teaching them to build their own homes--from garbage. You'd be amazed at what can be used to build a house when the desire and commitment exist.
3/30/2010
Earth Days, a poignant, 2009 Sundance Film Fesitval success, will premier on Facebook April 11, and on the PBS Network April 19.
4/20/2011
For less than the cost of an SUV, a Michigan couple rehabbed their historic home to include solar panels and a geothermal system. The 110-year-old house now produces more energy than it needs.
8/6/2010
Garlic is a very labour-intensive crop to grow but the rewards are worth it!
8/11/2010
Cam shares what he has learned about corn smut in his organic garden.
8/18/2010
The second post (of three) describing an organic gardener's attempt to grow his own wheat.
8/20/2010
The right dog can be a very useful member of the family when you are growing corn!
8/23/2010
Cam shares the results of his experiment growing wheat in his vegetable garden.
8/25/2010
Cam compares the population density of his home to some of the most densely populated countries in the world....
9/9/2010
What's the most efficient way to boil water?
10/4/2010
It's always wonderful to meet someone who is passionate about what they do!
10/8/2010
Cam shares some of the things he is grateful for....
11/2/2010
Cam describes some family heirlooms - especially his favorite one - a shovel!
11/16/2010
Technology allows us to live where we live, but it doesn't make it any easier to deal with!
12/20/2010
Being in control of your own home heating.
12/29/2010
Providing the firewood to heat his home has become a pleasurable hobby for Cam Mather.
1/3/2011
Cam hates shopping but occasionally he is forced to venture out....
1/13/2011
Cam has been playing with and skating on thick ice lately.
1/19/2011
Cam blames horror movies for his overactive imagination.
2/3/2011
Cam is glad to find out that he has been successful at encouraging people to embrace renewable energy.
2/11/2011
Cam finds getting around in the country, especially in the winter, so much easier with his 4X4 truck.
2/18/2011
Cam considers the environmental implications of using paper diapers vs. cloth diapers.
2/22/2011
Cam can't help but get involved and speak up when he disagrees with things. Sometimes it works!
3/7/2011
Cam speaks to a group of university students about "sustainable" development...
3/9/2011
Cam learns a lot by spending time with people who "get it."
3/15/2011
Just so you don't think it's all fun and games living out here in the country....
3/18/2011
Cam has always enjoyed playing with water. Now he lets his solar-powered pump do some of the work!
3/24/2011
Cam appreciates all four of our seasons!
3/28/2011
Cam and Michelle enjoy a visit to their neighbour's "sugar shack" during maple syrup season!
4/4/2011
Cam is hoping that the Queen attends his gardening workshop this weekend at the Royal Botanical Gardens....
4/6/2011
Cam describes the challenges of winter driving and cutting down trees.
4/8/2011
Cam makes himself laugh sometimes....
4/11/2011
Cam describes a natural disaster on a small scale near his home.
4/18/2011
Cam is getting burned out on technology and considers growing food to earn a living.
4/22/2011
Cam considers the environmental implications of different forms of transportation and urges people to stop flying!
4/25/2011
Cam loves growing his own heat!
5/4/2011
Cam describes how our solar electric system has evolved over time.
5/9/2011
In our ever-growing quest to produce our own food we've acquired two egg-laying chickens!
5/13/2011
Cam describes the building of his chicken coop.
5/16/2011
Cam considers one of the causes of high gas prices....
5/18/2011
Cam describes "double digging" as a way of creating a new garden without losing precious topsoil.
5/25/2011
Cam has a "reality check" moment and realizes how lucky he is!
6/15/2011
Our HelpXers Mike and Melissa share their experiences as volunteers here at Sunflower Farm.
6/21/2011
A cow is born at Sunflower Farm!
6/27/2011
Cam has found another way to save money - his wife cuts his hair now! He also describes how even though he isn't artistic he creates and enjoys the masterpieces from his garden.
7/5/2011
Cam enjoys a visit with Ken & Madeline who farmed this property many years ago and Cam realizes how hard farming was back then....
7/7/2011
Cam battles with scarabs in his raspberry patch.
7/11/2011
Cam discovers that his chickens have unique personalities....
8/5/2011
Cam has been doing some radio and podcast interviews lately with some interesting hosts.
8/12/2011
Cam loves growing and selling food!
8/15/2011
Cam describes a recent adventure involving round bales, train tracks and a stressful drive home.
8/29/2011
Cam considers how Peak Oil will affect our lives....
9/12/2011
Cam celebrates his daughter's engagement but considers the impact of flying across the world for the wedding.
9/21/2011
Cam has been busy harvesting and sorting potatoes.
9/29/2011
Cam appreciates the simple things like rotten hay and beautiful vegetables from his garden.
10/7/2011
As we approach the celebration of Thanksgiving here in Canada, Cam reflects on what he is thankful for.
10/11/2011
Cam has been an Apple Mac fan since the beginning.
10/18/2011
This summer Cam became a market gardener and actually got paid for something he loves to do - grow vegetables!
10/21/2011
Cam was generously offered the loan of a small backhoe and had a whale of a time getting jobs done!
10/31/2011
One of the realities of country life is having to get your septic tank pumped every few years.
11/4/2011
Cam notices how many chicken-related expressions we use in our every day language!
11/8/2011
Cam enjoyed a recent workshop he held at Sunflower Farm, and the participants seemed to enjoy it too!
11/10/2011
Cam hates to see good scrap wood go to waste and so he cuts it into kindling and has even started selling it!
11/23/2011
Cam discusses the decision to go off-grid or on-grid and shares his experience with batteries and the dangers of high winds to solar panels.
12/5/2011
Cam loves living in a place where he can enjoy the night skies.... even if he doesn't completely understand what he's looking at some of the time!
12/7/2011
Cam dressed up as a bunch of blueberries for our local parade, and spoke to a group of university students about peak oil. Never a dull moment....
12/9/2011
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
12/12/2011
Cam battles with the flying squirrels who want to inhabit his guesthouse using some unique weapons.
12/14/2011
Cam rationalizes his hoarding behaviour....
12/28/2011
Michelle and Cam continue to debate whether a real tree or a fake tree is the better choice from an environmental perspective.....
1/10/2012
You might be surprised to read Cam extolling the virtues of television!
1/17/2012
Cam enjoys a magical walk through a winter wonderland while cutting and hauling firewood.
1/20/2012
Cam sees the bright side of having to deal with a flat tire.
1/24/2012
Cam shares his enthusiasm for the sun and the wind at his off-grid home.
1/27/2012
Cam believes in the Boy Scout's "Be Prepared" motto when it comes to all aspects of his life....
2/3/2012
Cam shares the "joys" of a living in a house with a metal roof.
2/8/2012
When you only drink one cup of coffee a day, the mug you use is pretty important.
2/15/2012
Cam thinks people worry about the small things (bugs), when they should be more concerned about the big things (climate change).
2/28/2012
Cam has a (temporary) job outside of the house and he has gained a new appreciation for being self-employed.
3/1/2012
Cam loves sharing his homesteading skills in Hands-On Workshops at his off-grid home.
3/8/2012
Looking after your chickens in the winter and cutting with a solar-powered electric chainsaw.
3/9/2012
Cam is reminded to be grateful for what he has.
3/21/2012
Cam & Michelle recently enjoyed a visit from an ethnographer who is studying off-gridders.
3/23/2012
Sometimes being off grid doesn't necessarily mean that you're green.
3/28/2012
Cam often finds himself relating to song lyrics.
4/12/2012
The second of the 3Rs is re use. Cam has been a re-user for a long time!
5/1/2012
We call our homestead Sunflower Farm and now we have the sign to show for it!
5/8/2012
Cam always wanted to be the kind of guy who could swap out a motor and now he is!
5/22/2012
Cam is frustrated by new technology that just doesn't work - and prefers old-fashioned DVDs to watching movies online.
7/18/2012
Cam finds an new old-fashioned way to keep the wildlife out of his garden.
7/23/2012
Cam has a recurring nightmare in which the land across the road is being developed and his peace and quiet and isolation is threatened.
7/25/2012
The drought conditions at Sunflower Farm are making Cam rather cranky.
7/27/2012
Ranting about the drought worked! We got rain here at Sunflower Farm!
7/31/2012
Cam contemplates the meaning of life while picking strawberries.
8/10/2012
It's an aromatic time of year at Sunflower Farm - time to clean the garlic!
8/16/2012
Cam undertakes an experiment to see how much food he can produce on his one acre of garden space.
12/18/2012
Wind turbines kills birds, but not as many as are killed by tall buildings and other hazards.
1/11/2013
There's more reason than ever to be prepared for natural disasters, no matter where you live!
1/18/2013
The challenges of dropping out - going off the grid - and living your authentic life.
2/13/2013
Cam can't think of anywhere he'd rather be than on his own private skating rink.
7/16/2013
Watermelon rind is this frugal pie's summery secret ingredient. Think of it as summer mincemeat.
1/5/2011
Cam is not a big fan of "ebooks."
1/4/2012
Cam's wife Michelle considers the economics of keeping egg laying chickens.
5/12/2011
Cam responds to a negative comment about a previous blog.
12/18/2013
Readers responded eagerly to our call for recipes to use up green tomatoes. An Ohio woman wowed the judges with her entry.
12/18/2013
Cam learns the hard way why it's never a good idea to procrastinate about important jobs!
1/20/2011
Simran Sethi discusses easy (and free) ways to reduce your water footprint.
1/13/2011
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.
12/9/2010
Simran Sethi explains her bathroom-remodel goals to conserve water.
5/1/2012
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.
9/7/2010
Mother Nature has a way of filling in the blank spots....
11/8/2010
Quirky behaviors involving shaving, moisturizing, socks and water conservation!
1/7/2011
The difference between power and energy and how it relates to toast!
1/24/2011
When it's -30 degrees outside you can make your own snow!
1/26/2011
Cam shares his experiences getting lost in the woods.
1/28/2011
Cam describes why his method of harvesting firewood from his woodlot is the most sustainable way.
2/14/2011
When you live in an off-grid house in the country, it's important to be handy!
2/16/2011
A typical winter morning chore - cleaning off the solar panels.
3/30/2011
Cam leaves his lights on during Earth Hour since he generates his own electricity with solar and wind!
4/15/2011
Some of Cam's best inspirations come to him in his sleep!
4/27/2011
Cam describes some recent speaking engagements including the thrill of being "piped in."
5/2/2011
Cam talks about getting mistaken for a garden centre employee and also the time that his house appeared to get sold out from under him!
5/6/2011
Cam admits to admiring Oprah and watching her show from time to time.
5/30/2011
Cam is back riding his solar-powered electric bike and he loves it!
7/15/2011
Cam describes the benefits of writing this blog and his recent book.
7/25/2011
Cam is handling this heatwave much better thanks to his solar-powered air conditioner!
8/10/2011
Cam describes why he was anxious to leave the city for a life in the country.
8/18/2011
Cam prefers the view from his office in his country home.
9/15/2011
Cam wonders why more people don't prepare for blackouts.
10/26/2011
Cam is getting burned out on technology and seeks solace in his "low tech" garden.
1/31/2012
Cam describes his ongoing inner dialogue concerning his carbon footprint.
3/6/2012
Cam thinks its important that we all have a Plan B, no matter where we live.
4/4/2012
Cam recently spoke to a Transition group about the challenges ahead and how to prepare for them.
5/17/2012
Cam has been collecting old windows for years and has finally put them together to make a greenhouse!
6/12/2012
Cam is trying to extend his growing season with DIY greenhouse structures.
6/21/2012
Four new hens joined the flock at Sunflower Farm and it has taken some time to re-establish the pecking order.
7/3/2012
Cam describes the method he used when planting his sweet potatoes this year with hopes that he'll end up with a prettier finished product!
7/16/2012
Cam contemplates his place in the universe while weeding his corn patch....
7/20/2012
Cam describes a typical summer day at Sunflower Farm using tweets.
1/28/2013
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
1/31/2013
Use care when cooking red kidney beans in the crockpot. The beans contain a toxin that can be activated if the beans are raw or undercooked.
10/11/2012
Cam enjoyed a very successful sweet potato harvest!
2/9/2011
Cam readily admits to being obsessed about his use of energy.
6/5/2012
Easy-sew step-by-step instructions (with photos) to repurpose feed bags into handy totes.
1/3/2014
Cam looks back at the challenges of moving to his off-grid home.
1/30/2014
Our chickens aren't fond of the snow and the wind, but we found a way to let them enjoy the sunshine from the comfort of their coop!
12/12/2013
Canadian homesteader Cam Mather sinks into the village life and discovers the joys of small-town living.
3/19/2014
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
3/31/2014
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
8/4/2010
An introduction to Cam Mather's off-grid home and lifestyle.
2/28/2011
Cam is amazed at the level of awareness concerning Peak Oil amongst today's youth.
4/21/2011
Cam has had to learn lots of new skills living in his off-grid home!
8/30/2012
Cam contemplates the amount of energy that goes into our food production and shows how he prepared corn for freezing the zero carbon way!
4/17/2012
Michigan invasive species order takes aim at heritage and Old World hogs.
11/18/2011
During World War I, the federal government ordered people to keep a backyard flock of chickens. What happened? Why is it so hard today?
2/2/2012
Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified seeds and the toxic herbicides used to drench them, is calling itself a supporter of sustainability. You’re kidding, right?
8/5/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is proud to announce the release of the How to Can app, a free app to help you safely put up summer's bounty in a jar.


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