I’ve been to several homes that are heated and cooled using geothermal technology in the course of my travels for Natural Home, but I’d never actually had the opportunity to watch as the wells were being drilled.
Cotton Patch geese were historically cheap labor for keeping cotton fields clean. They have been used to weed other crops, such as corn and strawberries, too. After making numerous contacts and traveling more than 10,000 miles, Tom Walker found a few gaggles that were fairly representative of the breed. He has carefully selected and maintained these historic weeder geese, saving them from the brink of extinction.
72 mpg for under $6,000! How cool is that? Really, we want to know.
Radishes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Here are some tips and resources to get you started.
Steve explains what he's learned over 20 years of using generators and monitoring advances in design.
An annual survey of home buyers found that Americans want smaller homes with a focus on casual living and togetherness. From larger kitchens to outdoor living spaces, these 10 features were the most popular. Find out how you can get them, too!
This traditional recipe for Potatiskorv, or Swedish potato sausage, is delicious, simple and hearty.
Check out the Hunger Site to give 1.1 cups of food to the hungry.
Learn how to store yacon, a superhealthy root vegetable with a crunchy texture and sweet flavor.
Cole does a sausage-making workshop.
Craving fresh food during the long winter months? Here are nine vegetables that you can find fresh in February--and great ways to prepare and serve them.
Who knew that making a soda so delicious was so darn easy?! This office experiment is our most rewarding yet. I mean, Marlin is cool with his aquaponic system and all, but I definitely don’t want to drink fish water. (See aquaponic blog.) Our ginger beer is so refreshing, surprisingly effervescent and just plain awesome! So you’d like to know how to make it yourself, right? Well, I will gladly share the steps and recipe with you.
Applying human objectivity to the biggest, most intriguing and most definitively human problem, ever, is quite an endeavor.
Michael Strizki proves that living off the grid doesn't have to mean sacrificing comfort.
Need inspiration for vegetarian meals? Turn to these vegetarian recipe websites for creative ideas.
Within alternative energy, wind and solar get all the media attention, all the glamour. Yet both suffer from intermittency, from the problem that their power sources wax and wane. By contrast, geothermal draws on heat from deep below the earth to provide reliable base load power 24 hours a day.
Hedge (a.k.a. Osage orange, a.k.a. Bodark, a.k.a. horseapple) is a thorny problem, but also a remarkable resource, if you have the means to use it.
This describes how older individuals can take steps to keep themselves cool on very hot days.
November 11-17, 2012 is Geography Awareness Week and the theme is 'interdependency' this year.
Tips on how to calculate your nitrogen footprint.
Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week at your local wildlife refuge!
A short list of gift ideas for gardeners.
Slow down and enjoy the scenery — you'll also enjoy a significant boost in your mpg.
Details on a cool new carbon offset program from Volkswagen.
5W-30? 10W-30? Be sure you get the right motor oil grade.
Here's another gas mileage myth busted: it's better to turn off your engine than to leave it idling.
Sometimes the most direct route to your destination may not be the most fuel-efficient.
Here's how to change your car's air filter — do it yourself to save big bucks and boost your gas mileage by 10 percent.
How long has it been since you checked your tire pressure?
Green means go, but don't go too quickly.
You can boost your mpg by losing the cargo in your trunk. Then help reduce global warming emissions by sweating off a few pounds.
Forget what your grandpa told you — there's no need to warm up your car every cold winter morning.
My low-fuel light came on. Gulp. Will it be a $50 filling?
Honda cars are famously reliable, and now there's an online community for owners of 100,000+ mileage cars to share their stories.
Are gas guzzlers becoming popular again? Dan Chiras gives his outlook.
Geothermal energy is cleaner than fossil fuels and is endlessly renewable. Find out more about why we should seriously reconsider geothermal energy as a way to meet the world's energy needs.
Ready to start your first garden? To guarantee success with your first garden, stick with Barbara Pleasant's list of easy to grow vegetables. She has advice on when and what to plant for the first time gardener. Good luck on your first garden!
A reader from Pacifica, California wants to know what vegetables will grow best when.
Are there tiny white worms in your manure? They may be potworms!
Stick with culinary sage whenever you don't know if a specific type of sage is edible.
A list of weapons to fight those evil chiggers!
Editor in chief Cheryl Long explains how to find the best-tasting vegetable varieties to plant in your garden, and talks about three of her favorites: ‘Carmen’ sweet peppers, ‘Sungold’ cherry tomatoes and ‘Floriani’ grain corn.
A bark beetle outbreak is causing widespread damage in Western forests, but we have every reason to believe the forest will recover.
It takes a lot of energy to produce concrete, so when possible, it's good to look for substitute building materials. Here are a couple of options that might be good choices for a garage.
The editor of Herbs for Health magazine suggests effective herbs and supplements for the treatment of macular degeneration.
Here are some tips for making a new garage more environmentally friendly.
Here are some simple ideas for making a superb soup stock.
Advice on how to find eggs that are truly healthy and humanely raised.
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.
Geoff Taylor talks about his childhood love of tools, his impressive collection of hammers and the first step in his plan for repairing an old friend.
Geoff Taylor reflects on his survival of a bizarre accident, his gratitude for life and his hypergraphia.
More electric riding lawn mowers are coming to the market.
What is the strongest, easiest-to-store tomato cage you’ve used?
The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Policy empowers everyday citizens with the knowledge to go up against industry lobbyists and fight for strong climate change legislation.
Minneapolis public relations firm Haberman & Associates wants everyone to enjoy a company-sponsored organic vegetable garden like theirs.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains the environmental effect of consuming too much meat and offers tips on how to incorporate more vegetarian meals into your diet.
Concerned about pesticides in your food? The Pesticide Action Network’s online database helps you understand which carcinogens and pesticides are present in 89 common foods.
This 19th-century Creole cottage was disassembled, moved and meticulously reassembled and restored on a new site in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Built for its climate, the welcoming home is an excellent example of passive cooling and material reuse.
Feeling under the weather? Ginger may help you feel better. Whether you have a stomachache, a headache or the common cold, some folks swear up and down by the restorative properties of the root.
A new Facebook group, “I Want to Grow Hemp Like George Washington,” connects supporters of hemp reform and lets them share their views on hemp production in the United States.
Greg Franta’s work on climate change and the built environment, as reflected in his book Cooling the Warming, is at the core of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Reinventing Fire initiative.
Apartment Therapy compiles a list of the best places to score vintage, retro and gently used items, from coast to coast.
MIT researchers announced a breakthrough that could ultimately make it much cheaper and easier to store solar energy.
In the United States, renewable energy is growing, but we still don't get very much of our electricity from renewable sources. How can we speed things up?
This easy-to-read graph shows the effects of slight climate change on crops, sea levels and weather.
Chicks and kids growing right before our eyes this spring.
That moment you realize contentment looks pretty good on you, but the ducks seem distant.
Accepting your shortcomings, or short seedlings as it may be.
Enjoy this alternative "green" building strawbale gingerbread-style house made with graham crackers, mini-wheats and pretzels.
The ecovillage/commune movememt that started in the 1960s is alive and well in 2009.
A new report released at World Water Week in Stockholm last Thursday states that nearly half the world's food (and therefore large quantities of water) is mindlessly wasted.
April is National Garden Month! Learn about the benefits of building a garden and tips on how to create one even if you don’t have a big backyard.
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy Heritage has officially defined “heritage chicken.” Find out what a heritage chicken is, learn more about the certification process, and hear — firsthand — what an expert on heritage chickens has to say about pastured poultry and breed selection.
Over 100,000 thunderstorms occur each year in the U.S. Stay safe during Lightning Safety Awareness Week
From pig to plate, learn how to make homemade sausage patties grandma’s way and use rendered fat for more cooking.
I’m becoming a flexitarian (eating some meat), and learning from it.
Every year on his birthday since 1977, Christopher Nyerges has done a "birthday memory run," where he runs a lap for each year, and attempts to recall what happened in his life in that year. Here is his report for 2013.
Nyerges shares his years of experience about a little-known plant, Tradescantia fluminensis, and how it can be used for food. It has apparently never been described as a food plant in U.S.wild food/ethnobotanical literature.
An aromatic Central American herb, said to prevent gas and indigestion.
The new White Houe report on climate change effects on the U.S. comes at a key time for major environmental policy.
October 10 to 17 has been designated as National Wildlife Refuge Week, a great opportunity to visit the refuges close to you.
White nose syndrome continues to threaten bat populations. To help researchers find the cause, and hopefully a cure, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded $800,000 in grants. Here's what one organization is doing to save the Virginia Big-Eared Bat.
Today, eight conservations groups and 25 senators sent letters to President Obama to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as it approaches its 50th anniversary.
Being a part of the solution can forestall the potential decline.
October 15 is Blog Action Day and this year the topic is poverty. Here are several related blog posts on this subject, especially as it relates to the sustainable living topics that we write about every day.
Ever wonder where the name "treehugger" came from? Well I've got the answer and a few other fun facts about the subject.
Put your thoughts to paper (or take a compelling photograph) for a chance to be published!
Choosing from among various heritage breeds can be tough, but finding a breeder can be even tougher. The Society for Preservation of Poultry Antiquities’ Breeders Directory is a resource to make finding reputable chicken breeders easier.
Try these flavoring combinations with your homemade sausage recipes.
My bees shipped early - here we go!
A Texas family searches for a suitable crop as supplemental income on four acres. After watermelons and flower fail, they succeed with luffa.
Easy-to-make bagels using basic pantry ingredients.
Learn how to make your own plant supports; perfect for tomatoes or similar vine fruits and vegetables.
Nutsedge is a particularly invasive weed, but it can also be eaten raw, roasted, boiled and candied.
The post office has called to say your bees have arrived! Now What? Step-by-step instructions on installing your hive.
Plastic storage boxes set up without tape or glue, and store flat.
Life with goats, sheep, cows, chickens and other livestock isn't all roses. Publisher Bryan Welch considers the value of finding and keeping the right partner for tackling life on the farm, goose poop and all.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems rely on the earth’s constant underground temperature of 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to provide comfortable indoor climates. The technology works in any size or style home, in nearly any setting on earth.
Like many things related to food, the free-range label misleads customers, so we explore the differences between free-range and pasture-raised.
How to install a package of bees
Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition, is now available in print and by download from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Learn how to make your soil perform at its very best!
Are you ready for the kinds of severe weather that could impact the area where you live? National Severe Weather Preparedness Week takes place from Mar. 3-9, 2013. This is a great time for you and your family to “Be a Force of Nature” by learning the importance of planning for severe weather events and practicing how and where to take shelter before severe weather strikes.
This summer, the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone is estimated to be the largest yet since records began back in 1985.
Tips on how to prepare for emergencies and/or natural disasters.
Earth Gauge describes the links between geography and weather during Geography Awareness Week.
Tips on how to prepare yourself for a natural disaster during September's National Preparedness Month!
Installing a rain gauge can help determine how much water your plants really need.
What feels like a beautiful, crisp fall day more than a gingersnap? Here's a tried-and-true sorghum cookie recipe.
Nearly 2 million people sent comments opposing genetically engineered salmon to the Food and Drug Administration, stating that GE salmon is bad for the consumer, the environment and the native fish.
Smooth out the temperature range in your greenhouse by adopting one of these strategies for heating greenhouses.
Submit your best veggie burger recipes for the Mother Earth News cookbook project, and enter to win a reusable, recyled Mother Earth News grocery tote.
The tall-tale vintage postcard collection consists of turn of the century photomontages depicting the utopian dream of agricultural America.
A Lithuanian farmers market seller displays sculpted red radishes with faces!
Grow Where You Are is a social enterprise focusing on assisting communities in creating local food abundance systems. After creating small-scale urban food systems nationally and internationally for over 15 years, we see that even the most effective systems can be easily dismantled without land security. We propose supporting local growers in a transition to home ownership with a dynamic web of community partnership.
The history of the Blood Orange and How to make Blood Orange Marmalade.
Highlights from the catalog of Fedco Seeds, by the editor in chief of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
MAX doesn't have a front license plate, and here's why Jack would like to keep it that way.
How often, if ever, do you check your the gas mileage of your car or truck? Did you know it's super simple to calculate mpg, and observing it over time can help you improve your gas mileage and save money?
If MAX is a bit too Spartan for your tastes, here's a homebuilt high mileage sports car that's a bit more plush - a Mazda Miata with a Geo Metro engine - and it's coming to the Mother Earth News Fairs.
EZ Tomato Cages are collapsible and sturdy unlike many currently on the market.
Guru Drain keeps hair and debris from clogging drains, saving you time and money.
This skid auger is ideal for land owners, landscapers, hobby farmers and contractors.
Dixie Chopper, the manufacturer of The World’s Fastest Lawn Mower, offers the Zee 2 series, its newest and largest line of residential zero-turn lawn mowers. Ideal for large property owners, Zee 2 mowers include a variety of features for fast performance, quality cutting and comfortable operation.
Climate change is only a symptom of human overpopulation.
An Energy Efficient Mortgage can help you add value to your home by making home energy improvements more affordable.
How big a woodlot would I need to heat my home with wood for the entire winter?
A university study found that two commercial deer repellents are nearly as good as a fence.
Although you need to refrigerate most salad dressings, you don't have to be as careful with a simple oil and vinegar salad dressing if those are the only ingredients. Find out why this is the case and what other ingredients might cause problems.
Many gardeners save seeds from their plants for use the following year, but this technique doesn't work equally well with all vegetable varieties. Here's what you need to know to figure out which plants in your garden you can save seeds from.
The term "living off the grid" can be used in different ways, but it means something very specific when you start looking at producing electricity from renewable sources.
A Nature Conservancy director discusses the most endangered animal in the United States. The good news is this critter is on the rebound.
Here's why a heat pump might be a good choice for your home.
Our job site was devastated by a severe storm. The video with this post tells the story, may you never have to go through something like this.
Lloyd meditates on the essentials of shelter and our memories of home.
Tips on how to test your house for radon during January's National Radon Action Month!
Save the rain for a sunny day with this homemade rainwater collection system. Using recycled water containers and storing up to 275 gallons, this setup is five times bigger than the typical rain barrel.
Geoff Taylor laments the frequency of ladder accidents that happen as a result of neglecting necessary precautions, such as wearing sturdy shoes and always have a spotter.
Geoff Taylor thanks the publications that inspired his writing career.
This small project could gain you big time savings. Simply screw a few hooks inside a pretty cigar box, give it a knob and hang it near the door. Never search for lost keys again!
In Alexander and Ashley Poptodorov's blog, they will detail the journey towards obtaining an N.D. Degree as well as teach tips/tools for living off the land and giving back.
This year’s Buckminster Fuller Challenge winner is revegetating African grasslands through holistic land management.
More than half a billion eggs possibly tainted with salmonella bacteria have been recalled. Avoid the scare by purchasing free-range, cage-free, organic and locally sourced eggs.
Seventh Generation commits to using sustainable palm oil in all products by 2012.
The fourth annual Earth Hour is Saturday between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Turn off the lights and take a stand against climate change!
Why it is important to stay on top of a garden.
Thanks to helping hands, everything gets done.
A systematic approach to conquering what holds you back, and buttering your fresh warm victory.
HOMEGROWN.org blogger and West Missouri farmer Bryce Oates shares his thoughtful position on vegetarianism.
Simple steps anyone can take to repair a generator at home.
Using horses rather than tractors may turn out to be the greenest way to farm.
Try an original 1930s homemade cottage cheese recipe from North Central Kansas along with a modified and new version.
Cam describes how an act of kindness many years ago has inspired him to help others.
One of the things you can do this fall to help your fish is to add three-dimensional pond fish habitat, especially if you have a bass-bluegill pond.
The quiet low of January has broken, the promise of spring and its seedy optimism is evident in the pile of seed catalogs at my bedside.
Weather conditions impact spring migration – which migrants will you see this week?
Create a pollinator-friendly garden to attract hummingbirds, bees, bats and other animals.
One of the most recognizable features of wetlands is their smell. What makes these areas so pungent?
How can we clean up our rural spaces best. Is it up to individuals or governments?
Tips on how to prepare yourself for a day of hiking!
National Arbor Day is April 25. Celebrate by learning about trees, volunteering or planting a tree at home!
Ready for summer recreation? Hit the water safely during National Safe Boating Week.
Cross-state travel, early chicks, a rescue rabbit and pork — all in one week!
Here’s a relative newcomer plant that’s easy to grow, and very useful for the “survival garden” and the gardener with limited (or no) gardening skills.
For the third year in a row, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is participating in Blog Action Day, and suggesting some helpful articles on climate change.
Learn why “Climategate” got so much attention, what scientists and skeptics are saying about it, and whether the scandal is mostly hype or if it warrants concern.
How to save energy in commercial and industrial buildings.
Tips on how to feed birds during the winter.
List of the Top 10 Apps for Taking Tech Outdoors.
Tips on how you can reduce your exposure to radon in your home.
A poem on the plight of the American farmer - the one percent.
Research shows a direct connection between global warming and our extreme weather.