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5/20/2012
Comparison between old ways and new technology.
1/1/2013
In this blog, I challenge readers to abandon the typically new year's resolution and embarking on a New Year's Revolution. Read it and see if you'd like to join me on what could be an exciting and profitable new venture.
1/19/2013
We all have a rule book inscribed in our minds that dictates how we and others should act. Though handy at times, it often becomes a liability, a huge liability. See why in this blog and what you can do about it.
12/31/2009
Today as I was researching Habitat for Humanity, I learned how far its helping hand reaches. Even more interesting to me, though, was that Habitat continues to build in such war-torn counties as Afghanistan and Pakistan.
2/13/2011
We discuss the role of ocean currents in preventing a runaway thermal imbalance on our planet. We also discuss the impact on the climate when the ocean currents are shut down or reverse course.
7/9/2012
Nitrogen-fixing winter cover crops can save you money on fertilizer next year.
2/10/2010
Profitability, efficiency and growth are eternal goals. As we improve, we set higher goals, always asking how to raise the bar so that we continue getting better and better.
12/18/2011
How a wood-fired hot tub allows us to live better on less energy.
10/22/2010
Every year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) releases a report assessing each state’s programs and policies for energy-efficiency. See how your home state did in 2010!
3/4/2009
You say you’re an environmentalist, but are you practicing what you preach?
10/3/2007
Almost everyone uses a computer these days. But not everyone knows how much energy is consumed by that one device.Most appliances or electronics tell you the number of watts they use. An average CPU uses 120 watts, while the monitor uses 150 watts. That's 270 watts of power while in use, but there are several easy ways to reduce that amount.
11/11/2009
Are gas guzzlers becoming popular again? Dan Chiras gives his outlook.
5/25/2010
The requirements for the much-trusted Energy Star label have changed after a government test discovered exploitable flaws in its certification process.
3/9/2011
Any net zero-energy home needs two things. The first is the sun, providing passive solar energy. The second necessity is retaining maximum heat.  
12/28/2007
Here are a few talking points that can help peacefully resolve home heating arguments.
3/14/2011
We know that heating, cooling and operating our buildings is responsible for 40 percent of total energy expenditures in this country. That’s a huge percentage. But we also know how to test, evaluate and improve buildings so that energy use can be cut dramatically.
6/8/2010
Here are some ways to save on energy and money while keeping your home cool in extreme summer temperatures.
2/4/2011
Most of us would love to live in energy-efficient homes that are good for the environment and have low, low energy bills. But what are the best real options available? How do you create an extremely energy-efficient home that’s still affordable for most people?
10/8/2008
California ranks No. 1 on the ACEEE's scorecard of energy efficient states. See how your state ranked here!
11/11/2012
One of the big barriers to personal happiness is a nagging sense of inferiority. It starts early in life and plagues many of us throughout out lives, poisoning relationships and robbing us of happiness. Here's how to start erasing those feelings.
11/11/2012
One of the big barriers to personal happiness is a nagging sense of inferiority. It starts early in life and plagues many of us throughout out lives, poisoning relationships and robbing us of happiness. Here's how to start erasing those feelings.
11/11/2012
One of the big barriers to personal happiness is a nagging sense of inferiority. It starts early in life and plagues many of us throughout out lives, poisoning relationships and robbing us of happiness. Here's how to start erasing those feelings.
8/1/2012
Many of us hold convictions about others and the world around us that are so wrong that they seriously misguide us, even rob us of happiness and contentment. Don't believe everything you think. Question your beliefs and discover the truth.
9/2/2012
One of the most powerful lessons I have learned in my life is the power of love to create happiness and harmony. Let your life and your interactions with others be goverened by your love for others. Make preserving and fostering love a goal.
9/24/2010
How much energy does it take to travel? Can we collect this from the vehicle while we are using it?
1/16/2012
If you begin tomorrow, you can be soaking in fresh, 103-degree water by the evening.
9/19/2012
Soil Life is an all-natural, organic blend of microbes designed to enhance the nutritive value of soil in all growing conditions.
3/15/2011
Three nuclear reactors in Japan have been destroyed by a 9.0 earthquake.  Radiation levels are on the rise.  The world watches helplessly, wondering if escaping radiation will eventually find its way to them. Are we not witnessing in Japan the dark side of nuclear energy? It is not that hard to see this happening in United States, is it?
5/21/2009
Using natural products, such as grass clippings and homemade organic fertilizer, can turn the worst clay soil into an acceptable growing medium.
4/23/2009
Creating new no-dig garden beds is easier and quicker with raised-bed stakes and two-by-six lumber.
5/7/2009
This historical neighborhood, with a strong sense of community, offers the feeling of small-town living.
12/18/2009
For inspiration and education, take some time to peruse the hundreds of Modern Homesteading articles.
4/29/2010
Bounty is in the eye of the beholder — whether it be a bowl of perfect berries or millions of maple seeds.
4/14/2009
Moving to an urban homestead is a challenge, but the boxes are getting unpacked and the birds are at the feeders.
7/14/2009
Farming isn’t a skill that can be easily learned from a book. Here’s some advice and a collection of resources to help you decide whether you’re ready to try your hand at it.
9/13/2011
One woman's journey from life in urban America to a small town in Austria, then back to a suburban homestead in Dallas on which she tries her hand at keeping dairy goats.
7/31/2009
All of the work of readying the garden and waiting for it to produce is worth the wait once the harvest begins.
3/11/2010
Keeping a garden journal helps you know which varieties you grew were successful, which were not and how much you harvested from each.
6/22/2009
The garden is growing better than I could have expected in the raised beds at my "new" urban homestead.
4/1/2009
Making the move to a historical neighborhood will offer an opportunity to develop community ties and try some new gardening techniques.
8/3/2010
All the hard work of planting, weeding and watering comes to fruition in a bowl of berries and a plate of golden potatoes.
4/22/2009
Here are a few helpful books on homesteading skills and old-time crafts.
1/28/2009
The future looks bright as long as the United States can follow its current energy efficiency programs.
2/19/2009
Want to know more about where that $787 billion dollars in the stimulus package is going? Here are links to a couple of timely articles with all the details about how the stimulus package will encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency.
12/21/2007
For holiday cheer that uses less fossil-fueled energy consider LED Christmas lights.
3/31/2009
Have you found helpful ways to cut your energy use at home? Whether it's turning down the thermostat or installing new light bulbs, tell us what you've done to conserve energy and how well it's worked.
1/11/2008
Want to learn more about the benefits of compact fluorescents (CFLs)? Here's a fast explanation of how the new efficient light bulbs can be better.
11/19/2012
Many people believe that their values define who they are. Unfortunately, many of our values don't translate into action. To live a fruitful, peaceful, and productive life, meld your values and actions. You'll be happier and content -- whole.
10/28/2012
Much to our chagrin, many things we believe are true are dead wrong. Things we believe about other people, health, medicine, renewable energy, and the environment are wrong. Start digging and you'll see and you will start living a smarter life.
9/8/2012
In this political season, politicians often define people by their differences, creating strife and even outright contempt among people with opposing political views. Truth is, we have a great deal in common; it is our commonalities that bind us.
2/7/2011
The Council of Better Business Bureaus National Advertising Division recommends that Sherwin-Williams modify or discontinue advertising claims that its “Harmony” paint line is completely free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
11/15/2011
Do you know any modern homesteaders living a self-sufficient lifestyle? We want to know about them! Nominate a family, someone you know or even yourself to become one of our Homesteaders of the Year in 2012.  
5/16/2013
It’s springtime and the weather is getting warm, but that is no excuse for letting money and energy fly out the window every single day. Hopefully you were able to find all the drafts and leaks in your windows last fall (if not, now is just as good a time as any).
7/5/2013
New standards for Energy Star refrigerators and freezers will reduce energy consumption and include “connected” features.
2/24/2009
Save thousands on a solar electric system by learning this simple secret.
3/9/2009
If you’re thinking about getting a solar electric system to help the environment and save money, think about efficiency first.
3/14/2014
How does induction cooking work? What are the pros and cons? Efficient electric cooking or hidden health risk?
10/1/2009
Tell us what you think! We'd like to know whether you're using compact-fluorescent light bulbs at home and why or why not. 
4/19/2011
An energy audit can help the homeowner determine the best strategies for improving the home's energy efficiency.
11/21/2011
Tips for driving safely and saving gas during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
1/22/2013
Tips on how to increase your car's fuel efficiency by checking the tire pressure.
2/13/2013
How packing snow against your house can add R-value to your insulation - and subtract energy costs.
9/9/2010
What's the most efficient way to boil water?
8/6/2008
Find out what John McCain and Barack Obama have to say about energy issues including the use of nuclear power, clean coal and support for renewable energy.
7/28/2010
Green stadiums are being built all across the nation by a variety of sports franchises and this is only the start. These franchises are also implementing green team programs.
12/3/2010
Have you had a home energy audit done before? A home energy audit can show you the best ways to make your home more energy efficient.
1/28/2009
Earlier this month a plan was drafted to remove all plasma screen televisions from California retail shelves.
7/31/2008
Have you thought about adding more insulation to your home to reduce your energy bills? Here are some good places to go for more information.
10/30/2012
Tips on how to conserve energy and save money with compact fluorescent bulbs during shorter daylight hours.
9/12/2007
Start cutting your electricity use today, and it will save you a bundle of cash on a renewable energy system when you're ready to buy one.
12/31/2007
This year, why not resolve to go on an energy diet? The idea is to set a few measurable goals to make your home more energy efficient and then keep track of your progress.
12/3/2008
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently released a report discussing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and its possibility as an energy solution.
11/27/2012
Tips on how to reduce energy with lights during the holiday season.
12/15/2014
Learn about three consumer-driven green energy trends for 2015 that will have a direct impact on our pocketbooks in the coming year, including net-zero energy homes, electric vehicles, and green energy production.
12/16/2014
What do holidays, indoor air quality and global warming have in common?
8/29/2013
When defining the term homesteading, consider the various options available.
1/17/2014
Help keep cages and water sources clean with Solway Feeder's horizontal watering nipples.
2/23/2013
We are grateful for the peace and balance inherent to our lifestyle, offering ease of being and grounded perspective as we continue to negotiate the boundaries between our world and the real world.
6/27/2011
Growing up in rural north Florida, Elizabeth Hollingsworth shares her family’s self-sufficiency experiences, from storing redskin potatoes to making jam; drives in the country to extended-family potlucks.
9/2/2011
Growing up on a New England homestead, a woman imparts heartfelt lessons about making do with what you have and cherishing those memories.
10/12/2009
Tell us about your ideal homestead. What would it be like?
2/12/2010
It may not be Spring, but spring fever is in the air along with the need to dig in the dirt, plant seeds and eat fresh vegetables.
12/11/2009
Wherever you live, you can practice sustainability and share your successes with your neighbors.
4/4/2008
We frequently use the term "homesteading" in Mother Earth News, but what is it's exact meaning?
11/25/2008
The Self Sufficient-ish Bible and accompanying Web site offer some universal tips for urban self-sufficiency.
11/1/2010
Jim Oseychuk built this intricate garden shed for his wife and won his category of the Wood-Mizer Personal Best contest.
6/10/2009
The Homestead Act of 1862 opened up 270 million acres of public domain land for settlement. The Homestead National Monument of America tells the stories of many of the people who claimed land and tried to "prove up" their claim.
8/26/2011
A woman shares her experiences during the Dust Bowl days in Oklahoma of how she ate poke greens, learned to live without electricity and other homesteading memories.
6/27/2011
Camille Wright passes on wisdom from her “Mamaw,” conjuring up images of fresh clothes on the clothesline, a root cellar lined with jams and jellies, and quiet walks.
2/5/2013
Looking at the differences between the current homesteading movement in the USA compared to Smallholders in the UK.
9/20/2010
The Obama administration announced additional funding for rural broadband Internet programs that will increase the speed of rural Internet access. The funding is part of 2009's Recovery Act.
1/14/2010
You can get more for your gardening money with a group seed starting effort.
4/8/2010
For a natural looking wood finish, use a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine.
9/12/2011
Carolyn’s story of living on a farm in rural Illinois shows that one can truly live off the land by having a huge garden, collecting wild morel mushrooms, and making homemade cottage cheese from the milk of the family cow.
9/27/2010
Using wood you’ve harvested to start creative wood projects is not impossible. Many sawyers have created beautiful wood structures made from lumber they’ve cut themselves.    
7/6/2011
Luke Dinan, a young man from Toronto, Ontario, is forging his way towards sustainable living and a self-reliant lifestyle; a path we can appreciate, strive for and maybe contribute to.
10/13/2010
Donn Saindon built this beautiful 1,200 square foot home from reclaimed wood and won his category of the Wood-Mizer Personal Best contest.
11/3/2008
After hitching a ride out of the city on the Slow Food movement, some newcomers to the country look back on their transition decision.
10/25/2010
Joe Bonn built this impressive home in Colorado and won his category of the Wood-Mizer Personal Best contest.
11/5/2009
It's fall, time for fall garden clean up and planting garlic for next summer's harvest. 
10/18/2010
Robert Craig built this 960 square foot barn in Oregon and won his category of the Wood-Mizer Personal Best contest.
8/30/2013
Our efforts to improve energy efficiency in the United States might be faltering.
3/7/2011
Homeowners and renters who made five or more energy-efficient improvements found satisfying savings, a new study finds.
1/4/2013
In this New Year, my first recommendation for personal transformation is to give compliments generously to those who grace your life. You'll brighten the lives of others and your own life enormously.
11/17/2011
I love rural life and modern homesteading, but there are days when the comfort of a city condo would be welcome indeed. And honestly? A relief.
5/6/2012
Growing sorghum is the first step to making sweet sorghum syrup, but are there other reasons for growing a crop of sorghum?
1/4/2013
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is seeking nominations of self-sufficient modern homesteaders for our 2013 Homesteaders of the Year awards.
9/17/2012
We received another great review of a successful Homesteading Education Month event. Read about a well-received sustainability fair in South Dakota.
5/1/2013
More than the electricity needed to run these machines, the “rinse hold” hot water setting that many households use is the biggest energy drain associated with dishwashers – as much as 80 percent of the energy your dishwasher uses goes to heat water.
5/2/2013
Did you know that a dirty filter in your HVAC equipment can reduce its efficiency by up to 20 percent? Didyou also know that it is recommended to check your filter every month? Don’t despair!
5/3/2013
When you get home today, do this simple test: Close your fridge door on a dollar bill or piece of paper; if you can pull the bill out easily or worse, if it falls, then it is time to replace the seal.
5/7/2013
Did you know that heat transfer through windows can account for up to 25 percent of your energy bill by allowing heat out during the winter, and makes your air conditioner work overtime to combat the sun’s warming? Drafts and leaks can be the biggest culprit of energy waste but can also be fixed with relatively little effort.
5/20/2013
Attics can be a huge energy drain if they are not insulated sufficiently. We’ll leave the heavy lifting for next weekend, but for now look for uneven insulation, base sports, water damage, and anything else that looks out of place.
6/7/2013
It might seem like a small thing, but your refrigerator can be a HUGE drain on your energy bill. We’ve already shown you how to check for leaks in your refrigerator seal—now let’s take the next step in keeping your fridge in top working order.
6/18/2013
Having a properly maintained water heater is like going to the dentist: No one wants to do it, but it’s gotta be done. Ideally, you should have an inspection and necessary maintenance performed on your water heater once a year.
6/27/2013
A home’s air-tightness is just as important as how much R-value it has.
8/30/2012
New federal standards will dramatically increase fuel efficiency in cars and light-duty trucks by 2025.
1/6/2010
Renewable energy expert Dan Chiras shares tips for saving on energy costs by sealing leaks in your home.
11/27/2009
Dan Chiras points out the efforts already being made to increase availability of renewable energy professionals and educators and talks about The Evergreen Institute's new goals to raise interest among potential students.
7/15/2013
There are many ways we can conserve energy, and be more eco-friendly, especially with the advancements that technology is making every day.
12/2/2013
Old homes are often thought of as second-hand or sub-par quality. There are a lot of things you can do to modernize your home, and even make it more energy efficient that many new homes.
2/25/2014
High efficiency air source heat pumps are proving their worth for cold climate heating and cooling.
1/15/2014
Efficiency pays off! Resolve to save energy, water, fuel and money in 2014. Get started with these tools.
5/6/2014
Spring is the perfect time to give your home cooling equipment a check-up before hot weather arrives.
5/29/2014
Make your home more energy efficient with Indow Windows Shade Grade.
3/4/2014
A new building insulation guide is available from NAIMA Canada to assist homeowners in choosing the right insulation for new building and DIY home renovation projects.
3/30/2010
We'd like to hear about projects you have planned that will help you save energy, save water or otherwise make your home greener.
6/7/2010
The ARCX dome has been sold to young couple!
4/4/2011
Engine efficiency depends on rpm (among other things) and slower isn't always better. More wisdom from the Honey Bear.
9/19/2012
Does 100 mpg fuel economy justify cross-country recreational travel? Maybe so and maybe not, but I need to be careful—increasing fuel efficiency can increase fuel consumption if you increase your driving, too.
4/1/2013
Tonight when you get home from work or school, call your utility company and ask what incentives they have for you to get an energy audit for your home. Many utilities have been offering free energy audits for years, but very few people have actually taken advantage.
4/4/2012
Comparing today’s cars that get 40 mpg or better to the high-mpg cars of a few decades ago is neither an accurate nor fair comparison.
11/19/2008
The X Prize Foundation needs your vote to help them decide their next X Prize.
7/18/2010
A look at the completed project and some of the features.
4/29/2009
Having a “green home” means lots of different things. What does it mean to you?
4/2/2013
CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. I know that when I purchased new lamps for my house, they had a whole shelf of incandescent bulbs right next to it, and I had to go search the store for CFLs, so I understand if you are currently using incandescent bulbs. But it’s worth the switch — not only are CFLs equal in light quality, they last way longer and will save you hundreds of dollars over their lifetime.
1/7/2011
The difference between power and energy and how it relates to toast!
1/14/2013
Tips on how to save energy, water and fuel at home and on the road in 2013!
6/23/2009
Let's dream a little dream of green home improvement, without worries about funding.
11/19/2008
Check out how millions of gallons of water can be saved by Aug. 11, 2009!
3/5/2009
There are many ways farmers can benefit from renewable energy, including wind energy, solar energy, energy efficiency and biofuels.
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.
11/7/2011
Tips on how to conserve energy at home with Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs.
9/28/2012
The Solar Energy Tour is coming to communities all over the U.S. the first weekend of October — learn how to attend an event, or create one yourself.
7/8/2010
High-efficiency washers save energy, water and money with every load. And with the average household washing 400 loads per year, those savings add up.
11/16/2011
Upgrading wall insulation is tricky. You can't see the insulation that is (or isn't) in your walls, and it's not easy to install new insulation in a hidden wall cavity. One solution that shows promise is filling wall cavities with injections foam.
8/2/2011
Let's face it: Tax audits have given the word "audit" a bad name. But a home energy audit is a good thing, and every home can benefit from the information and recommendations a home energy audit provides.
10/21/2011
The "High Mileage Car Show" at the latest Mother Earth News Fair, and the pleasure of driving a fuel efficient car.
8/22/2014
Considering induction cooking as an eco-friendly alternative to cooking with electricity? Can’t begin to contemplate spending $3,000 on a stove? This article will run down how you can integrate the hottest new tech in cooking into your kitchen without winning the lottery.
11/6/2014
The new home for Friends School of Portland will be only the third school in the United States to achieve Passive House certification.
10/8/2013
Looking back the past three years and identifying what we have learned from our experiences.
10/27/2011
Did attending the Fair make you want to go out back and start building a chicken coop? If you've gotten far enough in your chicken-keeping research to look at specific breeds, look no further than the Mother Earth News Pickin' Chicken app.
12/31/2013
A review of hammers of friend Jack Fulton.
9/10/2009
Planting flowers and vegetables that are attractive to honeybees will help to bring these garden pollinators into your yard.
8/7/2008
You don't have to be a homeowner to homestead. No matter where you live, you can start practicing the skills you need for a more self-reliant, sustainable life.
4/5/2012
Young homesteader Robert Maxwell  explores his discoveries as he moves toward self-sufficiency and homesteading.
5/30/2011
Dealing with potties out in the country.
3/11/2013
Sometimes even HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel of Dog Island Farm needs a reminder why she puts up with the goat feed, the chicken poop, the cat puke, and the never-ending mud. Here's a hint: It involves good food.
3/16/2012
The Homestead Act of 1862 celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The Homestead National Monument is hosting several activities to recognize this historical event that resulted in millions of self-sufficient homesteaders receiving free land. Learn more and participate!
3/20/2012
There are good sides and bad sides to every storey, this is no exception. No one said homesteading would be easy!
8/17/2009
You can't just hit the ground running when you make the transistion from rat race to homestead. There are lots of lessons to be learned. What wisdom can you share with the homestead hopefuls?
1/15/2013
We're getting very close now to our relocation to Texas. After years of planning and developing, it's time to go home to our sustainable lifestyle. We leave with some sadness but a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement for our new life.
1/4/2010
Coffee bean chaff — the light, airy husks blown off the beans during roasting, can be used as chicken coop litter, mulch and compost. Chaff can usually be found for free at local roasteries.
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.
4/9/2011
Are you a modern homesteader with pioneering women in your lineage? My great grandmothers were all pioneers, but our lives could not be more different.
6/26/2011
How can someone who claims to be a 'modern homesteader' not have planted her garden by the end of June, you ask? Well, let me tell you...
2/21/2013
We all have dreams but why is it that some are so lucky that they come true?
1/13/2013
Many of us make a habit out of complaining, when in fact our lives are pretty good. In this blog I suggest that gaining perspective -- focusing on how good your life really is -- will help you live a much happier life. Give it a try.
1/4/2012
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
7/11/2013
Using a hot summer day to grow the winter wood pile.
8/1/2013
As a beginner homesteader, designer Larissa Reznek has learned some hard lessons fast. Here are the top three pieces of guidance she wishes she had before she started out.
9/7/2012
International Homesteading Month is off to a running start! Here are two stories of events that are truly promoting education to foster more self-reliant communities.
10/1/2012
Writer and Canadian farming enthusiast, Joseph Graham sent this review of the event that he and his wife hosted for Homesteading Education Month.  
8/25/2012
Steve explains how our pursuit of environmental sustainability can also drive us crazy if it's not put in the correct philosophical context.
11/22/2013
You have read every garden, homestead and back to the land book in your library system. Your dreams of coffee at sunrise set to the chatter of fowl made real. With hoe in hand and 914,760 square feet rolling out from your feet like a magic carpet; where do you start?
9/12/2013
From the outset, Earthineer was built to support and promote sustainability and homesteading as a lifestyle choice. Every feature we have planned has that goal in mind. What we have now is the foundation that we'll build off of.
6/16/2014
When HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Pennsylvania mama Michelle Wire discovered a hidden treasure on her property, she found a new appreciation for her home along with it.
5/12/2014
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel shares how she built a cheap greenhouse out of mostly scavenged materials - and how you can, too.
6/26/2014
Keeping bees with neighbors in the city or the burbs.
3/26/2014
It takes a village to build a backyard chicken coop.
4/16/2014
How a hopelessly damaged apple tree has delivered lessons of hope since 2007.
10/25/2011
We finally build somthing!
10/11/2011
We look for materials bargains while devising a way to pay for it all.
5/11/2011
Deciding on urban beekeeping may just mean hosting a hive - some of the honey and none of the work!
2/8/2012
Homemade laundry detergent to save money and the environment.
6/12/2012
My vision of the Texas homestead, complete with family and doting grandchildren nearby took a hit this year when my daughter and husband split and my daughter moved to Austin. Could I reinvent the vision? Or would this issue derail our plans?
2/22/2012
I recently spent the weekend in Tennessee to attend the NSSPPA Conference and yearly meeting to meet other sorghum makers and learn more about the process. I came away with new techniques, different seed varieties and a feeling of camaraderie with the other producers.
8/14/2009
Look for local foods, such as fresh peaches, from your local farmers' market to make delightful summer desserts such as peaches and cream.
2/28/2013
How living more sustainably can save you in an emergency.
12/19/2008
Sometimes even — perhaps especially — those whose lives are full with experience, knowledge and good living can find that as their time begins to dwindle, there isn't quite enough. Not that that's anything other than as it should be.
5/18/2011
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
4/26/2011
Finding wild morel mushrooms growing in our urban backyard means plenty of marvelous meals.
7/27/2011
Julie Lavigne relates her grandparent’s home in the city, a modern homestead for their time, and proves you can live a self-sufficient lifestyle in an urban setting.
5/11/2011
We are collecting Wit and Wisdom From Our Elders: tips and stories of how people took care of their homesteads in the past. Share your stories!
2/28/2012
Cam has a (temporary) job outside of the house and he has gained a new appreciation for being self-employed.
3/11/2011
Welcome to by blog “City to Country, One Step at a Time.” Here’s how I ended up as a modern homesteader on a little acreage in the Canadian West Coast bush.
11/21/2012
Featherlite Trailers' official website recorded its one millionth visitor in October, according to data from Google Analytics. This is the first time the site has eclipsed the one-million-visitor mark in a calendar year.
10/30/2009
Jenna Woginrich reflects on her journey from fresh out of college, city-dwelling designer to determined homesteader, and offers encouragement to those with similar dreams.
2/24/2012
The how's and why's we homestead
6/25/2011
Finding friends out in the country can be challenging.
6/9/2009
Advice from a sustainable farming expert on how to get started with livestock on a small piece of land.
10/16/2012
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.
2/27/2013
Pick something new to learn this year from Granny Miller’s list of 101 basic homesteading skills.
12/9/2011
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
12/10/2008
Robert Plamondon's Norton Press has reprinted three homesteading classics: Ten Acres Enough, We Wanted a Farm and Gold in the Grass.
12/9/2011
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
11/9/2009
 Lyanda Haupt talks about the challenges and rewards of protecting her chickens and garden from local wildlife.
1/11/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger Bryce shares 5 things to consider before starting a farmstead—not the least of which being winter.
5/15/2011
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
3/25/2011
If you are growing vegetables, making a few homemade wares here and there ... you are practicing good, old-fashioned homesteading techniques.
3/20/2012
Growing and harvesting hazelnuts (filberts) in your garden.
5/15/2012
Experiences getting started gardening in the 1970's and suggestions for beginning your own projects in 2012.
1/16/2013
What exactly is ‘modern homesteading"? There are as many definitions as there are people doing it. What does the term ‘modern homesteading’ mean to you?
8/9/2012
When it's too hot outside, the work moves inside, and is still REALLY HOT.
12/7/2009
Where is the strange and wonderful place this homesteader describes? And how do you get there?
10/14/2014
Don't over-stay your welcome at the hive. Give your bees space.
10/11/2012
Andre Armantrout sent us this wonderful update from a Homesteading Education Month event featuring aquaculture at Snowy Pine Ridge, outside Spokane, Wash.
4/26/2013
Replacing a task that uses electricity with one that does not is a no-brainer when trying to save on your energy bill — and air drying is one of the easiest ways to go.
4/29/2013
When you get home, go to your hot water heater, remove the cover and turn it down to 120 degrees (sometimes labeled “hot” as opposed to “very hot”).
5/3/2013
A three-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
4/24/2013
Many people don’t know that most HVAC systems don’t produce more or less heating or cooling based on the room temperature – they simply blow air for longer.
2/16/2010
Courses in solar energy taken through The Evergreen Institute now apply toward the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s site assessor certificates.
2/25/2013
The basement of Dan Chiras' net zero energy home is outfitted with PVC pipes, insulation and concrete.
5/14/2010
With new breakthroughs in solar electricity coming out every year, should you wait before investing in a solar electric system? Energy expert Dan Chiras discusses cost of PV modules in terms of cost per watt of installed capacity.
5/28/2013
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
3/24/2014
Going solar at home will save you both money and energy. See why it's the future for renewable energy in residential areas.
4/11/2014
Some examples of passive solar design applied to homes in the southeast, where cooling, as well as heating, is a concern.
2/6/2014
Energy Star for Homes is a worthwhile green building certification with demonstrated market value.
7/6/2011
Frontier Natural Products Co-op announced today that it has been awarded LEED Silver certification for a major renovation at its manufacturing facility.
3/8/2011
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.
6/11/2010
Now's the time to redouble our efforts to tap into energy efficiency. The potential is huge and the benefits are even greater.
7/3/2012
A brief description of Manuel and Mary Ann's straw bale home and its efficiency.
1/8/2010
Dan Chiras of The Evergreen Institute invites readers to attend a one-day conference on the future of building in Wichita, Kansas.
10/13/2011
For Bryan Welch, a prototype of Toyota's 2013 Prius Plug-In is a real life example of how gasoline electric hybrids have made major gains in efficiency over other conventional cars.
4/4/2013
There are two situations which do not require you to be heating your home: when it is warm and when you are not at home. Since it is still a bit chilly outside, you may want to consider setting up a routine of turning down the set temperature on your thermostat when you head out in the morning and when you go to bed.
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.  
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!
1/20/2010
Renewable energy expert Dan Chiras warns us that building nuclear power plants is not the solution to our current energy crisis.
9/12/2012
After Greensburg was destroyed in 2007, the citizens of Greensburg, with the help of GreenTown, have invested in green building for a better tomorrow.
4/3/2013
Some large electronics can use as much energy as a light bulb while in "stanby" mode, meaning you should unplug them when you leave the house or know you won’t use them for awhile. Having a large electronic setup plugged into a  power strip makes it much easier to completely power it down, especially if it has a lot of plugs like a home theater system or computer.
3/29/2011
The work invovlve in tranforming a house that wastes energy into a house that's 50%-95% more energy efficient is called a "deep energy retrofit." We need to find ways to do more of these to save energy, money and the environment.
6/6/2010
From switching out light bulbs to bundling up your water heater, environmental journalist, Simran Sethi, shares some simple and stress-free tips on how to save energy in your home.
3/29/2013
As America’s fuel use continues to decrease, proposed solutions such as the Keystone XL pipeline and food-to-fuel conversions may be unnecessary.
3/22/2011
Sixty-one percent of Americans say they understand our nation's energy issues, but more than half have never heard the term "smart grid." We have a lot to talk about.
3/27/2012
Future factors set a high standard for sustainable products and activities
1/25/2011
Green home improvement and retrofit projects that only require a minimal investment and that have a sure (and often speedy) payback. These relatively low-cost improvements can reap real savings. Plus, a link to info on tax credits and rebates.
9/20/2011
Before winter's chill starts to compromise comfort and elevate home energy bills, there are 5 energy-saving upgrades you can complete.
8/28/2014
As demand for air conditioning continues to increase, discover how to reduce the impact it has on the environment.
10/7/2014
From choosing affordable floods for the bedroom remodel to switching out the oven-hood incandescent, Jennifer details how much it cost to light her house sustainably, as well as forecast her long term savings.
1/28/2013
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.
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.
7/26/2013
Rabbits are an ideal source of high quality meat for urban homesteaders.
6/7/2013
Green building guru Lloyd Kahn recounts his favorite new discoveries from the Puyallup, Wash., MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
1/29/2014
On-going series on my family's efforts to raise urban chickens in our Minneapolis backyard.
1/31/2014
Tips to help you get started planning your very own homestead. With proper planning you don't have to be experienced to do it right.
4/14/2014
Ziggy Liloia examines two poignant books, Paradise Lot and Gaia’s Garden that turn the idea of needing lots of space to grow ample food on its head.
8/10/2010
It’s an innovative new product that provides homeowners with an aesthetic and permanent solution to the problem of unsightly above-ground propane tanks.
3/28/2012
The history of the Blood Orange and How to make Blood Orange Marmalade.
1/16/2013
Like Thoreau and the Nearings, we feel more alive and participative in the natural world around us on our 5.5 acre homestead and organic farmstead than Lisa and I ever did walking through a corporate cubicle maze in the city.
10/1/2009
Jenna Woginrich discusses the more difficult aspects of homesteading, and why it's worth it anyway.
9/12/2011
Harvey Ussery of The Modern Homestead will present three workshops on raising and gardening with chickens at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
5/4/2011
Don't let your wanderlust for more space hold you back from creating your homestead in the city.
1/25/2012
There is a coming resurgence of the appreciation of the hearty homespun sorghum syrup. Something is special about being part of making this “home-made” sugar that speaks to the self-reliant nature inside all of us. You can be part of the Sorghum Revival!
12/6/2012
Is there a more heartwarming and majestic sight than gorgeous old-fashioned cows in a peaceful grassy meadow, calves scampering by their sides? Awesome. But have you given much considered thought to exactly how those calves will come to be?
6/24/2011
In order to build skills for our move from Australia to Texas, we have been taking various classes and workshops. Recently, we took a weekend workshop at an excellent cheese factory close to where we live on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne.
1/19/2008
For many homesteaders, taking a job during the winter months to earn extra income is an appealing option. Here are some options to consider if you're looking for off-farm income.
9/19/2011
Veterinarian Anne Hallowell will present a workshop on hiking and packing with llamas at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustianability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
5/24/2010
Small towns across the country in need of a population boost are literally giving away free land to attract new residents and boost their populations. Seekers of the quiet (and low-cost) small town lifestyle can now grab some free land to build their homes.
1/28/2012
If you're pondering a move to the country and think your life will suddenly get blissfully silent, think again.
8/2/2012
The NH Permaculture Gathering is just a couple weeks away!
6/28/2011
Built tough for storm cleanup, tree felling, and firewood cutting, the MS 271 STIHL WOOD BOSS chain saw is designed with improved ergonomics and equipped with a low-emission, fuel-efficient engine.
12/31/2008
Read dozens of reports of reader's homesteading adventures.
8/7/2012
Learn how to use less energy canning tomato products.
6/22/2012
How do you find the best chicken coop design for your new flock? We'll help you walk through the evaluation process AND get a free analysis spreadsheet to help you decide.
8/10/2011
This rustic, resourcefully sustainable dog fence fits right into the landscape. Before you install a fence, look around your place first to see what's already available.
5/27/2011
James Zitting of Bee Landing and Terry Phelan of Living Shelter Design Architects will present workshops on beekeeping and straw bale building at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
9/6/2012
My boyfriend and I traveled from Orlando, FL with the expectation that we were going to encounter a life-changing experience. It was well worth it. I felt like a kid in a candy store.
5/11/2011
Robyn Griggs Lawrence of Ogden Publications will present workshops on green cleaning and wabi-sabi at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
9/27/2011
Anna remembers her grandmother's tasty buttermilk biscuits with fig preserves and her mother's stories of growing up on a small, in-town homestead in the 60s.
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.
7/10/2012
A key choice was what type of house to build. We aren't in Texas more than a few weeks a year until we make our final move back. We wanted a structure we could enclose to protect the interior from the elements and yet build in stages as time and money allow.
4/5/2012
If you've been on this rural living or modern homesteading journey for decades, or just starting out, how do you know when you've arrived?
2/6/2009
If you’re the first of your friends to move to the country, get some chickens and plant an organic garden there will be some inevitable social fallout.
3/6/2012
Thoughts on growing all your own food. How much space is required and other things to consider.
8/23/2011
Robin Bedford of Possum Hollow Farm Soap will present a workshop on soap making at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
5/27/2011
Kathy Bennett and Scott Bergford will present workshops on raising sheep and keeping your green home safe at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
8/8/2011
Jeannette Beranger of the American Livestock Breeds Association will present two workshops on heritage breed pigs and chickens at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
1/21/2010
If you have a constant, overwhelming urge of wanting to be outside breathing in the fresh air and partaking in various farming activities, you may be suffering from barnheart. 
2/11/2013
It wasn't many months ago the seed catalog for this year showed up, but at that point I had just, just, managed to finish off the garden season, slightly traumatized from all the work. To receive a catalog then seemed mostly like an ill-conceived joke, a way to rub it in; don't think you can relax too much.
5/23/2011
Jessica Kellner will present a workshop on handbuilt homes and Michael Vicha will present workshops on cheesemaking at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
7/30/2008
Raising and growing your own is more than a lifestyle — it is life.
1/4/2013
Dive in, work with passion, and take all the other important elements of your life with you. Here are four reasons why such blending yields strategic sense.
4/17/2012
Using 16-foot livestock panels in many ways on your homestead.
12/31/2009
When we're trying to achieve our dreams, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by all of the steps between where we are today and where we ultimately want to be. MOTHER EARTH NEWS writer Jenna Woginrich suggests a great idea for a fresh perspective and making your goals more attainable. If you look at the next 60 minutes, what can you do in the next hour to get closer to your goals?
2/1/2012
You can easily make homemade mozzarella in 30 minutes or less!
10/10/2012
I grew up with bobolinks. All my life they have nested on our farm, but the bobolinks are in serious trouble, especially in the Northeast, largely on account of changes in agricultural practices.
7/27/2012
Even we homesteaders must decide how we interact with our animals and the environment. When we follow Nature's rules by developing old-time virtues, our lives are enriched with connection to everything around us.
9/12/2011
Kenneth Rust of Kasco Marine will present a workshop on practical pond management at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
3/24/2011
This book club of the book, Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology, follows a couple who decides to live technology free for 18 months among a strict Amish-like community, growing all their own food and relying on their neighbors to survive.
6/19/2012
Keeping bees is something I've wanted to do on our new homestead. But would I like it? Taking a class is a good way to find out.
5/8/2011
Learning to clear fields can be fun!
10/31/2012
Why do we believe that math must be done one workbook page at a time, at the kitchen table? Anyone who’s ever kept chickens can tell you all the math that can be found in the hen house.
9/17/2012
Solar expert Joe Utasi hopes to have his home solar panel installation complete and running, and will have lots of pictures to show and discuss by the time the Seven Springs Fair arrives.
12/27/2012
I don't know why, but somehow I think of myself as a lazy farmer. Perhaps it's because I know that I'm not a real farmer. Sure, we ate out of the garden all summer and I sold our excess produce at the farmer's market, but gardening is hardly farming.
4/29/2011
Kiko Denzer of Hand Print Press will present a workshop and demonstration on modern homesteading, do-it-yourself building with mud at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
10/5/2011
Learn from the trials and tribulations of a beginning dairy goat owner!
6/1/2011
Tom Watson of King County Recycling and Environmental Services and Carol Ekarius of Storey Publishing will present workshops on recycling and animal agriculture at the Mother Earth News Fair, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
8/14/2012
Leaving the rental home we had lived in for three years in Carmel Indiana, to move back to Kangaroo Valley, Australia has meant more than losing the plot and getting the flock out of there!
1/9/2013
We folded down the back seats in our Subaru wagon, lined the whole back area with a heavy tarp and a thick layer of straw, and headed down to Nash's Delta Farm to catch us some ducks.
5/24/2011
Trying to follow directions out in the country can be challenging!
7/5/2012
Weeding in the summer is all about species maintenance
7/29/2011
Heather Houlahan of Brandywine Farm will present a workshop on choosing and training farm dogs at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, Sept. 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/29/2012
We do a lot of things on our farm, but the primary way we earn a livelihood is selling wholesale potted herbs and heritage food plants to garden centers throughout Colorado and northern New Mexico.
4/28/2010
MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributing editor and compost expert Barbara Pleasant provides some great homestead compost tips in celebration of Compost Awareness Week.
11/14/2012
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
10/24/2011
Even dairy goats can have self-esteem issues...
5/3/2011
I am new to America, and new to the suburbs, having previously lived in rural Australia. I now live in suburban Indiana. During the past two years I have been trying to set up an "urban homestead" for our family. The neighbors are curious and amused.
6/21/2012
Until we built a barn of our own and experienced the kindness of neighbors firsthand, I would have thought the notion of a barn raising to be a quaint relic of the past.
11/9/2010
MaryJane's Farmgirls is a network of women's groups across the country who meet to discuss and share their experiences in modern homesteading, including sewing, cooking, voluteering and more.
8/14/2012
Many a homesteader and farmer can use help, and many a young person wants to learn homesteading skills. Having apprentices is an important means to assure a continuation of farms and farming,as well as teaching youth essential survival skills.
9/15/2011
Pat Foreman of Good Earth Publications will present three workshops on chickens at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
5/4/2011
Clearing your land to ready it for farming can be quite a challenge!
5/26/2011
Erin McIntosh of Mountain Rose Herbs and Victoria Miller of Canyon Creek Farms will present workshops on calming herbs and how to keep turkeys at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
3/11/2011
Skip the packaging and synthetic chemicals and learn how to make your own, cold-processed shampoo bars.
12/29/2011
Has the "magic" energy solution been discovered?
8/16/2011
Alison Martin of the American Livestock Breeds Association will present a workshop on heritage breed cattle at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/16/2013
Learn how to celebrate homesteading this September by promoting community self-reliance skills!
8/5/2014
Time management tools can help a homestead run smoothly as well as make the work more enjoyable. By focusing on different tasks in different seasons, assigning different tasks to different days and by sharing tasks, the work becomes both manageable and fun.
11/13/2014
Almost 30 years ago I made one of the best decisions ever when I began my homesteading adventure. It's no "Little House on the Prarie" but you can see it from there.
11/23/2014
“You don't have to move to live in a better neighborhood.” Half of all Americans live in suburbia. It’s true that suburbia is on the receiving end of a lot of social, economic and environmental criticism with much of that criticism well deserved. While some of these criticisms may be justified, at the same time, suburbia offers enormous potential to become a critical new frontier for deep changes in our culture and economy through principles of suburban permaculture.
1/7/2011
The Evergreen Institute lowers prices to encourage more participating in its January workshops in home energy efficiency, electricity and electrical wiring, and basic PVs: An Introduction to Solar Electricity.
10/25/2012
An article from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise covering an International Homestead Education Month event that took place at Paul Smith's College on September 29, 2012.
3/29/2013
On our journey to self-reliance, my husband, Darren, and I have been gathering human-powered tools when we can find them. It’s surprising and sad how quickly hand- and foot-powered tools were junked when electricity became available. From 1850 to 1890, more than 100 apple-pealing devices were patented. Then none, except those running on electric power. And so it goes with thousands of other nifty human-powered appliances.
8/1/2012
Sensor Plug update along with a report on Sunflowers being used as a cover crop and when to properly harvest onions.
12/12/2012
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
4/25/2013
Heating water is the highest drain that laundry machines and dishwashers have on your bill. Onaverage, water heating accounts for 18 percent of your energy bill.
6/5/2012
In this blog, my architect James Plagmann and I begin to tell the story of the construction of Dan's new net zero energy homes. Dan begins by laying the ground, defining a few terms and describing his experience in this field.
6/21/2012
This blog contains a detailed list of most of my initial design priorities for my net zero energy home so others may benefit from my thinking and experience on creating a passive solar, net zero energy, green home.
6/9/2010
Check out these high-quality workshops on solar electricity, home energy efficiency, and small wind energy systems. Geared to homeowners, aspiring professionals, students and teachers - anyone wishing to learn more about renewable energy systems
3/29/2011
Only 43 percent of Americans know what smart grid technology is, and of those, 70 percent don’t really understand how it works, according to a survey released today.
1/13/2010
Dan Chiras announces that five of The Evergreen Institute's workshops currently qualify as continuing education credits for LEED Accredited Professionals.
12/5/2010
A BIG issue in everyone’s lives today is increasing fuel costs. The seriousness and scope of our energy problems calls for an all-out effort for sustainable solutions, starting as soon as possible.
8/31/2012
More than 15 tips for saving water inside your home and outside in your yard and garden. Reducing your water use will not only lower your water bills and help prevent water shortages during drought periods in your area. It also...
12/26/2012
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
1/10/2013
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
7/14/2011
Victoria Gazely lives in a 650-square-foot homesteader's cabin built by a man who didn't need closets. She's found five great ways to stash her stuff without renovating--and her solutions work for anyone who needs to hide a few things.
1/26/2013
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
6/14/2012
In this blog, I highlight the earliest decisions I had to make to create a net zero energy home: how I was going to build the foundation and walls. Thermal bridging, air tightness, insulation, cost, and greeness are all key deciders.
3/28/2011
Our “needs” for the latest gadgets elevates our energy consumption, even with the onslaught of energy-efficient appliances and consumer electronics in recent years.
2/20/2013
Summing up pasture data where it relates to chickens and customizing land to better suit poultry and their behavior and stomachs. Measuring oil viscosity levels and rescuing a trailer with a portable winch were some of our favorite things.
10/4/2010
I am especially concerned with the electricity hogs that keep us burning coal.
5/13/2010
Three-day workshop announcement on net zero energy homes by leading authority on energy efficiency and renewable energy, Dan Chiras. Learn how to reduce your utility bill through conservation, effriciency, & clean, affordable, renewable energy.
4/24/2013
In this section you will find stories of real farmers across the country that made it work. You'll find their story, how they did it and who helped them. We hope these stories will inspire and educate new farmers, as well as land owners and community members to become involved in the new agrarian movement. A growing trust.
5/29/2013
Completing tasks in preparation for a few days away from the homestead
5/8/2013
Have you ever dreamed of taking your part-time homestead to a full-time salary? What's holding you back? Business books say most people are more afraid of success than failure.
9/28/2012
Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Arizona celebrates national homesteading month with a display of solar ingenuity.
10/4/2012
Rural Living Today founder and advocate, Marie James, told us about a Homesteading Education Month event she and her family hosted in Northeast Washington to teach gardeners how to grow vegetables in cold weather.
10/10/2012
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.
4/24/2013
Find out how to feed rabbit babies using a goat's milk-based formula.
2/16/2012
Building a vibrant local community through local economics and rural culture.
5/23/2011
Prepping for major emergencies - earthquakes, floods, tornadoes - is important, but so is emergency planning for less dramatic events. Find out what you can do to reduce the potential for stress.
1/30/2013
When I bought my farm, I did it to live in the woods. I would like to say I was deliberate. And intentional. But clueless is probably a better word. I should have suspected something when I bought the land and they threw the house in for free.
9/9/2011
Diane Ott Whealy of Seed Savers Exchange and Jackie Cleary Dietrich of Auburn Meadow Farm will present workshops on gardening and farming at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, Sept. 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
12/28/2012
Land Pride is proud to announce four new skid Grapples in 12 different sizes as well as a skid-mounted Stump Grinder. These completely new attachments feature the same quality and durability that you’ve come to expect from Land Pride.
2/1/2013
While many of those visiting our Hostel are farmers and homesteaders themselves, some come from that “city culture” and seem to take their first hesitant steps outside of a flatly paved driveway when they arrive at our place. Wide eyes, a sense of adventure.
3/15/2011
We learned a long time ago that we couldn’t attract an audience for our magazines unless we gave our readers tools they could use to improve the world personally. A backyard organic garden is the perfect symbol of positive vision and commitment.
7/21/2012
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.
2/29/2012
Homestead skills of yogurt-making and bread-baking increase your independence from grocery store aisles and international food conglomerates.
1/4/2012
When one of her goats starts looking for love for the first time, and hollering her little head off, Angela has to do some quick thinking to keep her precious pets from becoming that night's dinner!
8/3/2011
Deborah Niemann of Antiquity Oaks will present two workshops on traditional home dairies and homegrown food at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
10/10/2011
Learn from the trials and tribulations of a beginning dairy goat owner.
8/21/2012
Set up a washing station in your garden. Rinse your veggies there, saving the water for the garden and keeping your kitchen clean.
2/23/2012
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.
5/19/2011
Alisa Shorey will present a workshop on beekeeping and Jack McCornack will present a workshop on 100-mpg cars at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
9/15/2012
Preserving an abundant basil harvest for the coming winter.
2/26/2013
One of my earliest vivid childhood memories is sitting on my father’s lap as a young girl reading the magazine together in the 1980s and all throughout my childhood. He would read aloud while I studied the pictures of passive solar building, vegetable gardening, sheep shearing, building your own sugar shack and the beautiful array of topics which he read to me frequently. Those images, along with the camping trips in the mountains, the whitewater and canoeing excursions, and our family trip to Alaska, have been etched in the catacombs of my childhood memories and have sculpted the person I have grown to become.
8/16/2012
Use of a mobile chicken tractors allows us to keep the birds on fresh ground and stay on top of the weeds.
8/3/2012
Looking ahead to September, it gives us all an opportunity to expand our horizons with furthering our knowledge and skill sets, baking and otherwise.
8/7/2011
One of the first steps to building our homestead in Texas was to get water and electricity on the property so we had the basics from which we could build. This blog discusses how we implemented the first phase of our utilities.
9/4/2012
Solar drying experiences in 2012, including tomato varieties Principe Borghese and Long Tom.
2/15/2013
My husband Alan’s first gift to me was Helen and Scott Nearing’s Living the Good Life. The books we turn to regularly have changed, although some we go back to again and again, year after year. A list of our top 10 favorite books follows.
6/14/2011
Custom Curve is the first glass window system with a structurally engineered framework that follows the curved wall of the yurt.
2/1/2013
Since her first house move, MOTHER EARTH NEWS blogger Cathie Ackroyd, has become so very conscious of the impact we humans have had and are having on our planet’s environment and hoped to find a place to settle that would allow us to gain an element of self-sufficiency in a relatively car-free community.
5/10/2011
With country living, you expect a quiet night's sleep. But surprise, surprise - nature has its own alarm clock.
6/21/2012
The accumulation and storage of hay is an essential summer task.
11/19/2012
Nobody can resist fluffy baby chicks, so what would be better than hatching your own? Let us put your mind at rest and make your first time incubating an enjoyable experience you will want to repeat.
6/20/2012
As part of my education on how to be more self-sufficient when we make our move back to Texas, I've been taking classes while here in Australia. One of the more enjoyable classes was in beekeeping. This is our class practical exercise.
7/10/2012
Learn about using the Piteba to press your own homegrown oil.
5/23/2011
Growing potatoes in containers allows you to increase your yield in a small amount of space.
1/9/2012
Robert White is remaking himself as a farmer, and will return to his family's land to start a market garden. Here's why.
11/28/2012
A horse trainer once said to me, 'Animals don't think, they just make associations.' I responded to that by saying, 'If making associations is not thinking, then I would have to conclude that I do not think.'
8/22/2014
St. Paul, Minnesota, not only allows front yard gardens and promotes growing vegetables in containers, but encourages residents to beautify the boulevard with plants, including edibles.
11/18/2014
Join two modern homesteaders as they begin down the road toward building their small home and self-reliant farmstead on their new piece of raw land in northeastern Kansas.
3/13/2013
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
1/6/2011
Simran Sethi describes the choices she made for her eco-friendly kitchen remodel.
2/8/2011
Scott Davis’ “Solar Projects, Big and Small” video offers inspiration for both solar energy enthusiasts and folks who are just curious. Tips and advice pertaining to solar energy can be found at the Yahoo! group Simply Solar, and you can make your dream project a reality with Gary Reysa’s instructions.  
1/13/2011
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.
4/24/2013
A few months back I heard a comment on an NPR radio program that really caught my attention. The program was about the local food movement and at one point the guest on the show said, “Now remember - just because it’s local doesn’t necessarily mean it has a smaller carbon footprint. That Argentinian apple that was shipped on a barge with thousands of tons of other apples may actually have required less fuel per apple than the apple than came from a few hundred miles away in the back on a farmer’s pickup.”
4/23/2013
Honey bees, the Boston tragedy, and our power to create the world we’ve been waiting for.
11/5/2012
Jim and Holly Smith, founders of Today’s Abundant Living, sent us this great review of a Homesteading Education Month open house and country skills workshop they hosted at their Michigan homestead.
4/16/2012
Pruning perennials is essential for plant health and vigorous production.
11/28/2012
Looking ahead to spring, we're using these long days to plan a rootstock order of perennial trees, shrubs, and herbs.
3/30/2012
Eating only homegrown foods on the Fridays in Lent.
6/13/2011
Jim and Julie are starting their homestead in Texas while still living in Australia. Managing the project by remote control is the challenge, and they are learning as they go. This is an adventure of faith and confidence.
11/7/2012
Protecting the fig tree for the winter felt like putting it to bed for a long sleep. Chopping wood with the Chopper 1 is a thing of joy and beauty and that's no joke. Do it yourself corn bin helped our neighbor keep the racoons out.
5/27/2011
Since they built their solar- and wind-powered cordwood home in Desboro, Ontario, Lisa and Ray Racicot have never looked back. The only thing they'll do differently next time is install the renewable energy systems first, to power the construction.
2/5/2013
Many years ago, years before I moved to the country, I was what would be considered "a prepper." I saw disaster every time I turned on the TV, or read the news on the internet, or visited forums that talked about stockpiling beans and bullets. I panicked, thinking I could never have enough control for the sake of my family, never be "prepped" enough.
8/30/2012
Community food events are an outstanding way to share the abundance of our harvest and strengthen local community ties.
2/9/2013
A winter thaw inspires starting the first seeds of the season - indoors, of course: kale, chard, and spinach to start.
2/18/2013
The place I call home these days is The FarmSchool, a fertile 180-acre strip of ridge top in Athol, where 15 student-farmers are spending a year learning the ins and outs of growing food, managing forests, and raising animals for meat. I arrived at the farm in October, just as the leaves were reaching their peak brilliance. The Farm School — which offers three-day programs for schoolchildren, a summer camp, a full-time middle school, and the apprenticeship program I’m in — takes us through all seasons of farming, weaving together class work and on-farm training.
3/31/2011
Chickens - how do you know if you’re the ‘chicken type’? If you’re pondering a backyard flock, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself.
7/14/2011
Victoria Gazely considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin on 7 acres of fertile earth--purchased for $150--a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
2/7/2013
OK, you’ve got a start: where to get equipment, groups to join, classes to take, and mentors to hook up with. Now’s the time, before you have bees, to take a long hard look at some of the rest of the things you need to be thinking about.
6/16/2011
Our process of buying the land for our homestead had little to do with logic and a lot to do with emotion. For me, it was a chance to return to the plains where I grew up and be close to family.
2/2/2012
Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months
12/28/2012
Announcing an opportunity to get Anna's new Ebook for free today at Amazon on the subject of homesteading in a mobile home otherwise known as a trailer.
1/27/2011
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.
7/11/2011
Black bears and rural living go hand in hand in many parts of North America. So how do you keep bear/human conflicts to a minimum?
10/10/2012
Growing Local Food is a new book that encompasses all the needed basics to grow plants, keep heritage breed animals and bees. The author is a homesteader and physician who gives the readers the basic information to grow or find nutritious, local food


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