Hiking to the top of the mountain. The view and awe.
Hiking to the top of our mountain, the breathing view, the soothing effect.
Taking a ride on an old steam engine.
Where we go to reflect on life and relax.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is teaming up with popular country, bluegrass and folk musicians, including Dave Matthews and Patty Loveless, for Music Saves Mountains—a one-night fundraising event to end mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachians.
Cam describes "double digging" as a way of creating a new garden without losing precious topsoil.
Tips on how to prepare yourself for a day of hiking!
Whether you're planning a last minute day trip or a multi-week expedition, these five hiking tips are a must for seasoned hikers and newcomers alike.
Help grow an organic food garden on the White House lawn. Here are some easy ways you can participate.
Tarps are lightweight and inexpensive alternatives to conventional backpacking shelters. Consider switching to a tarp for shelter in order to minimize pack weight and maximize your enjoyment in the great outdoors.
Description of garlic planting on a two-year cycle: from tiny topset bulblets, to large single bulbs, to large heads.
Many criticize eliminating coal mining in West Virginia because of the amount of jobs the sector provides. A wind farm, however, would employ over 200 local residents during the two-year construction phase, and create 40-50 permanent maintenance jobs afterward. A wind farm would also allow the mountain to be used for other purposes, like sustainable forestry, mountain harvesting, and gathering of wild forest plants, creating additional jobs and the opportunity for stable income for locals.
Roasted pumpkin and squash seeds are a yummy, healthy treat. And it's easier than you think. Here's how to roast squash and pumpkin seeds in just four easy steps.
Choosing homesteading as a way of life and what it takes.
Living in possibly the best place in the USA.
In the beauty of autumn comes a time of preparation for winter. The many necessary tasks to be prepared if you are self sufficient.
Some of the difficulties we encounter in gardening at a high elevation
See nature work in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
Cam shares his experiences getting lost in the woods.
Spring time is a time to experience the newness of life and living in the Sangre de Cristo mountains amid the wildflowers, birds, green woods and new birth.
Calculating the amount of mountain snow to actual moisture.
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting.
Thank goodness for good friends who will share their garden harvest with those of us less skilled.
PBS and Ken Burns’ new series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” is stirring up interest in some of our country’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring nature, as well as its people. And it’s no surprise that many of MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers have fond memories of these wilderness areas. What are your favorite memories and stories regarding our national parks?
What we do on snow days in the mountains when it is snowing hard outside.
The final in a 6 part series on Ft. Garland, Colorado
Riches sometimes come from natural resources - not always connected with dollar signs.
Tree rings tell the tale. It is nice and green here now but our plants and weeds are acclimated to semi arid and have deep roots.
Homesteading with dogs in remote mountain living. Considerations in providing a good safe homestead environment for your cherished pets.
A less meddlesome approach to beekeeping.
Mountain Rose Herbs honored with Social and Fair Trade Certification.
There is hard work homesteading in the mountains and the weather dictates much of those challenges.
Snow in the mountains is different than snow found at lower elevations.
How a single purchase of a magazine in newsprint in 1970 changed my life.
Taking time to reflect on the past brings renewed appreciation to the present.
Other than the four regular seasons there is a fifth season in the mountains called mud season.
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
The forests in Colorado are dying at a fast rate. Find out what's to blame.
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting. This segment is on using natural resources around the homestead.
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
The vagaries of beekeeping jargon and its importance to the beginning natural beekeeper.
From backyard chickens to hemp grown in the U.S.A., Natural Home readers were concerned with a wide variety of interests in 2009. These 10 issues top the list.
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
A brief overview of keeping bees in a top bar hive from setup to overwintering.
Tips that we have learned gardening at a high elevation.
My brief discription of sustainable beekeeping
Looking for a way to boost your immune system naturally as the colder months settle in? Enter our latest sweepstakes to win immune-enhancing herbal products from Mountain Rose Herbs!
How we have adapted from salt water fishing to freshwater and what we do with our catch.
How we live in the mountains during the winter.
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
My views on importing package bees verses natural breading.
I briefly describe my journey from a kid on a large 2000 acre alfalfa farm in the west to a homestead beekeeper in the midwest, on our 35 acres that we call BeeLanding.
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
Our office was abuzz with bee activity this morning! We received four packages of bees today before they were delivered to their final garden homes.
Communication and honesty is essential to decide important issues like a complete lifestyle change.
Reflections on 15 years of mountain living.
Thinking about bees? Check out this DIY top bar hive!
Why is honey the proper food for honey bees?
Maddy Harland describes the canopy layer of a temperate forest garden and shares some useful tips on designing and planting useful and edible tree crops.
Our typical day living in the mountains in the winter.
A chirping predator may be an unexpected and unwanted visitor. Mountain lions do chirp and one set me on edge.
Living in the mountains or remotely requires physical endurance as well as being fit.
Cable set-top boxes in the United States consume 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity—equivalent to the annual output of nine coal-fired power plants. Cable providers have a lot of energy-efficient improvements to make.
Mountain Rose Herbs hosted a three day benefit festival for Cascadia Wildlands in September of this year.
Beginning a discussion on top bar hives and standard hives in a question and answer format, getting the best of each for users of both kinds of hives.
This is part two of my visit to King Arthur Flour, the concluding blog of the four-day event.
In the wake of a study that shows access to public transportation is crucial to lowering carbon footprint, the Smarter Cities Project names the top regions for smart transit.
Washington, D.C., Nevada and New Mexico see the most LEED-certified green building per capita in 2010.
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.
One way to overwinter a top bar hive in a northern climate is to provide good ventilation and some insulation. Enough food is needed, and good protection from the wind is too. We'll see how it works.
Elizabeth Van Deventer has been on a quest to find the answer to sustainable farming and an ethical diet most of her life. Follow along as she discovers the impacts of producing tea, palm oil and fruit, and how she eventually settles on a lifestyle that is in tune with the earth and all of its creatures.
When getting a top bar hive ready for winter, you need to know how much honey there is...and measureing these frames is different than measuring rectangular frames.
In the hollows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this true Christmas celebration was simple, inexpensive and rich with tradition.
Discover the Ozarks region's natural beauty and adventure hot spots as told by Mike McArthy of Photozarks.
Hiking The Ozarks' Lost Valley - Where getting lost is part of the fun! By Mike McArthy of Photozarks
Ordering bees in January doesn't seem to make sense, until you understand that April is the cruelest month. Plus, if you order bees in January, and then you don't need them - that's just a reason to celebrate! Order early!
By the 4th of July, there's a palpable shift in the feel of the beekeeping season. New beekeepers wish for more guidance, and may even be wondering why they started this project! Here's a little reassurance that you are not alone in your endeavor.
This blog post started life as an article in The Natural Farmer,published by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). It could be said to herald the birth of that entity we have come to call The Cynical Optimist.
This Meatless Monday, whip up a batch of Julia Butterfly Hill's Top Anything Sauce, made with peanut or almond butter, and make a meal out of fresh veggies and quinoa.
This post is about winterizing a colony of bees naturaly, using ideas and tips that we at BeeLanding have learned from nature.
A quick essay regarding the "size" question of a top bar hive, from the bee's point of view - where it's all about the "volume"!
This mojito recipe from a surprising source--a Teahouse--is light, refreshing and not too sweet--perfect for a warm summer evening.
It helps us feel better to know "why" things happen, but we don't always get to know that answer...
A Christmas Wish for all, inspired by the magic of the honey bee.
This blog post by Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees describes some techniques for getting bees to draw straight comb in a top bar hive.
This post offers tips for winterizing a top bar hive - insulating, mouse guards, wrapping, closing entrances, protecting from wind. All things you can do to help get them through!
After a wildfire destroyed their off-the-grid compound in Colorado, Betty and Rolland rebuilt—better than before—following Rolland’s creed: no plywood, no plastic and nothing that smells bad when it burns. The wildlife around their home approve.
A TED talk by Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees: Making the Connection: Honeybees, Food, and You.
Breaking down the last week of homesteading we've done over at WaldenEffect.org, and the Top Bar project we started as well as talk on Brix, biodynamics, and Plant Secondary Metabolites. Also have details on an external frame backpack modification.
Top bar hive modifications, turkey traps, and gourmet potatoes are just a few of the topics covered in the past week of blogging we've been up to. Homesteading healthcare and a new virtual book club round off the week with several reader comments.