Make sure to listen for wisdom and jewels while listening to lectures and speeches.
If you need a little mid-winter diet inspiration, here is a list of healthy, high-antioxidant foods to eat this winter season.
Who shares with you a wealth of wisdom that enriches your life?
Oats are rich in protein, vitamins (like vitamin E), antioxidants, and fiber, making them a good food to start off your day.
How I reconcile professional football and its place in our society.
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.
How my walking practice helps me in so many ways.
The accomplishment and goal that I achieved with a "little" help from my friends and family.
Having trouble finding relief from chronic constipation? You may benefit from an abdominal massage.
What is the difference between hoarding stuff and money? Is there any difference?
How this last year of discrimination and profiling in the news has impacted me.
Can we and should we be transparent with each other? Who should be transparent with whom?
Some great insights on building community thanks to "Kinfolk," a quarterly publication.
Part one of a three part series on greed, consumption and economic oppression. Exploring how we may have gotten here and what we can do about improving our lives and the lives of others.
Woodchip mulch has great benefits for gardening and landscaping. Instead of buying woodchips, we can use what resources we already have and make our own.
The simple steps that increased my health and decreased my waste, and how easy it all was looking back.
How we need to rethink our transportation in order to keep Washington the evergreen state.
Many people never have noticeable diabetes symptoms and don’t even find out they have the disease until they wind up in the hospital with a serious complication. What’s going on?
Why I use the #Blessedlife.
How I encouraged a swift healing for my body.
Do well-behaved people seldom or rarely make history?
Skin care and keeping it simple.
A grandson's respect for his grandmother.
How we deal with each other’s emotional messiness.
Adding music to your workout will make exercising more enjoyable, but does music make you run faster as well?
What I think about each time I attend a funeral, celebration of life or memorial.
The list of reasons why chocolate is good for you is seemingly endless. Here are just a few of the impressive health benefits of dark chocolate.
While some proclaimed benefits of chia seeds may be a bit exaggerated, these seeds are packed full of vital nutrients like fiber and omega-3 fatty acids and should not be overlooked as a healthy addition to your diet.
Claims for the Paleo diet benefits are substantial – improved cholesterol, improved blood pressure, improved blood sugar control, improved appetite control. How legit are these claims and do they make it worth a switch to this type diet?
Exploring ways that I can and will impact people around me in 2015.
Ideas on making a list for yourself before consuming or investing.
What gifts are we going to give this holiday season?
How can we talk more about the process of death? And is it worthy conversation to have?
Gardening offers some amazing benefits to your mental and physical wellbeing.
Are our words or actions more important to our children?
A natural kennel cough cure will be better for your pet and your wallet while not contributing to the antibiotic resistance problem.
Simple steps anyone can take to repair a generator at home.
One of the most recognizable features of wetlands is their smell. What makes these areas so pungent?
Are you Weather-Ready? September is National Preparedness Month.
Even progressive cities have work to do, and sometimes the biggest changes come from good people asking the right questions.
This soft, tangy sourdough oatmeal bread may just be the best you’ve ever tasted.
Highlighting Chanterelles in a fall series of mushroom foraging.
Make a miniature sourdough bread for dinner tonight, and freeze the rest for a busy day.
Looking back the past three years and identifying what we have learned from our experiences.
Spice up your winter diet with the toothsome crunch of sprouts.
Spiced-apple rings add the perfect touch to a winter-friendly comfort food dinner.
Babka is traditionally made in Poland, Russia and other Eastern European countries. Apparently babka is a popular Christian Easter bread, but is also made in the Jewish tradition.
The best soup for a cold should contain proven, immune-boosting foods like medicinal mushrooms (such as maitake and reishi) and astragalus root.
The many calendula uses for health include treating diaper rash, healing wounds, and helping with side effects of radiation therapy.
The 2013 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash., last weekend was again a source of great energy and exceptional education, thanks to 15,000 attendees, more than 125 presenters and some 300 sponsors and exhibitors.
Living in a 500-square-foot house (or smaller) affects our consumption and relationships.
With spring on its way, I am thinking about gardening, home grown food and what it takes to grow plants from seed.
Reclaim the joy of the holiday season with homemade gifts that aren't too late to make.
Fast acting and free of side effects, clinical electromagnetic pulse therapy is a good alternative to medication for a range of conditions.
Sharing my practices of gratitude and thanksgiving.
How sharing home grown gifts can enrich each other lives.
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of blueberries’ health benefits.
There are many non-dairy sources of calcium to choose from to make sure you are getting enough of this vital nutrient.
The first day of 2015.
What can freshen breath, fight infection, and clear up acne all at once? Tea tree oil, from the Australian plant, Melaleuca alternifolia, has widespread medicinal qualities, making it an effective home remedy for many different conditions. Try these tea tree oil uses for yourself.
Let's make the world a more equitable place for all.
These 5 New Year resolution ideas are easy and simple, and they will help you take small, but significant, steps toward better health.
Most health problems we face in our lives are minor annoyances. It's time we cut out the expensive middle man and grow our own delicious tasting medicine to treat them.
These all-natural approaches can ease TMJ symptoms and give you relief.
While many kids (and adults, too) might prefer to sleep with a light on, research shows that exposure to artificial light after the sun goes down can disrupt healthy body function and is associated with an increased risk for cancer. So turn off your computers, TVs, and nightlights for kids, and learn to embrace the nighttime darkness.
Compost and mulch material are in abundance in our backyard and our communities. What is ones man's yard waste is this man's treasure.
There are numerous vitamin D uses, but did you know that this vitamin might play a role in preventing asthma attacks? Studies show that people who are vitamin D deficient tend to have more asthma attacks. Correcting a vitamin D deficiency could help you breathe easier.
Valerian is known for its sedative qualities, which can help to increase sleepiness, as well as to decrease nervousness and restlessness.
Coconut oil uses range from cooking to skin care, so read on to take advantage of what this oil has to offer.
There is a crucial difference between pickled and fermented foods that impacts their nutritive value.
High levels of BPA exposure have been previously associated with cardiovascular disease. One reason for this is likely that BPA can lead to elevated blood pressure.
If you have recurrent dental problems or are currently suffering from pain in a tooth, give these home remedies for toothaches, gingivitis and bad breath a try. Herbal treatments like turmeric, sage and peppermint are natural and effective ways to ease pain, fight bacteria and prevent inflammation.
A look at how our family created the community that supported our family life.
This painless test finds heart disease before it turns deadly.
Taking the guesswork out of rescuing a piece of rusty cast iron cookware, Sarah provides easy to follow step by step instructions on how to take cast iron from unusable to gleaming.
Learning to appreciate seasonal differences.
Each year we learn more and more about living off grid and homesteading. These are just a few of the third-year experiences we wanted to share.
How we found a home, started our urban homestead and gained several years work.
What makes a piece of land a wet-land? Not all wetlands are wet for the same reason.
Going to the beach? Get real-time info on Great Lakes beach water quality, weather and water conditions.
Celebrate the 20th anniversary National Public Lands Day on September 28! Find a volunteer site.
A cold winter and late-season snow in some parts of the U.S. could mean a rough spring allergy season.
August 3 to 9 is National Farmers Market Week! How does weather impact growth and harvest of fruits and vegetables? www.earthgauge.net/?p=36863
Buzz…sting…ouch! Why are yellow jackets more aggressive at this time of year?
Fall is a great time to replace traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. Save up to $50 per year.
Getting ready to carve a jack-o-lantern masterpiece? Learn how weather impacts the pumpkin harvest
Protect our water supplies during National Groundwater Awareness Week by saving water at home: www.earthgauge.net/?p=23794
Show us how you take a second to conserve water!
Participate in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count to help scientists study winter bird populations: www.earthgauge.net/?p=33409
Building a fire to stay warm? Use these ‘best burn practices’ to minimize smoke & protect your health: www.earthgauge.net/?p=17955
Was it a teacher? A parent? A field trip? What was your Earth Changing Moment? Share your first connection with the environment.
Headed back to school? Protect air quality, save energy and recycle for a healthier, greener school year.
Small but mighty: birds have smart strategies for surviving cold weather.
My journey and some of the challenges I experienced with the farm-to-table method. The struggles I faced while raising meat in order to eat more ethically and sustainably.
Whether you live on the beach or 1000s of miles away, there are easy ways you can protect coastal water quality.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a laptop for 5 hours! America Recycles Day is Nov 15.
Providing your own sewer, water and power can be more expensive and is certainly less convenient but that's not all there is to consider. This article takes a look at some of the other differences between public and private services.
There are a lot of things you can do right now to experience the homestead lifestyle right in your backyard.
Expense checklist for anyone wanting to plan a new homestead.
The cost to install and operate our solar electrical system.
Anyone can brew beer. Part 2 of Homebrewing for Beginners seeks to demystify the process of cooking the wort, fermentation, racking, and bottling.
Zaatar bread is a soft, Arabic-style bread topped with olive oil and the tangy spice mixture called zaatar.
Are there any bread bakers on your holiday list? Now you know what to to give them. Delight them with these helpful gifts.
Stormy spring days mean it’s time for a new loaf of homemade sourdough bread.
Drop store bought mayonnaise like a bad habit. Make your own with only five simple ingredients, under 5 minutes.
Rediscover the lost art of pickling eggs with this how-to article.
New England’s favorite homemade biscuit recipe is made even better with whole-grain Khorasan.
Breaking down the misconception that wholesome and organic food is only reserved for the wealthy.
Don't throw away that extra sourdough starter. Turn it into delicious muffins, crackers, pancakes and more.
Despite our best efforts, sometimes flour plus water plus yeast doesn’t equal a tantalizing loaf of bread, but is just a large lump of dough. Here's how to fix it.
How to create a scrumptious strawberry shortcake in a Mason jar.
Hot-cross buns, full of warm spices and sweet fruit, are a tasty springtime treat.
Once you have eaten a soft, sourdough pretzel, all other pretzels will pale in comparison. Luckily they are simple to make yourself.
What can you do with mounds of green tomatoes? Turn them into the best enchilada sauce you'll ever have.
Explore creative ways to save the harvest with these favorite canning books.
Distinguishing rhubarb as a fruit or vegetable. Includes sweet and savory recipes.
To ensure you have quality fat in the kitchen from pastured animals, learn how to render beef tallow at home. I’ve rendered beef fat into quart jars of tallow two years in a row and consider myself seasoned in the art of avoiding too much of a mess in making it. The fat lends a flavor to dishes that is particularly desirable for Mexican foods, fried potatoes and savory pie crusts. This fat keeps for three months in a refrigerator.
Anyone can brew beer. The article seeks to demystify the process and help jump start brewing by breaking down the equipment, recipe, and ingredients. This is a 2-part blog post.
This heavy artisan bread is full of flavor, and will be ready by dinnertime if you start right now! The unexpected flavor comes from good quality honey olive oil and barley flour.
The fresh berry season is so fleeting, that it almost calls out for preserving, especially in the form of jam.
Make your Thanksgiving stuffing extra special this year with these recipes for homemade stuffing bread.
Sourdough bread doesn’t just come in large loaves and rounds. Sourdough also works up wonderfully into buns, rolls, grissini and my personal favorite, mini-baguettes.
Sam Benowitz and Tara Bittler are joining the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Blog Squad, and they break down the types of gardening and fruit-growing information they will share with you each week.
The ripening time of a particular fruit varies from one location to another and from year to year, though the order in which varieties ripen stays roughly the same.
How long have you had that packet of seeds? Check their viability.
Fungi breakdown organic material and make it available to plants. Encouraging fungi to grow naturally, or inocculating your soil can have tremendous benefits for your garden.
Are you planning to put in an orchard next spring, or re-design your landscape with more edible plants?
One of the favorite events among attendees to the Puyallup MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR was investigative author Doug Fine’s Hemp Bound talk. Here are his thoughts on why hemp matters so much, a belief that was translated into a passionate and funny workshop.
Making your own homemade toothpaste from coconut oil is easy, fun and can be healthier and less expensive than store-bought versions.
Exciting new research reveals how certain foods from the Mediterranean diet work to treat hypertension. Learn what researchers have uncovered about which foods to eat to lower blood pressure.
In this blog post, parenting mentor Shawn Hosford introduces herself, along with some of her background and beliefs. Her hope is that this post provides the necessary foundation for continued conversations about intentional parenting.
Sipping on medicinal herbal tea is one of the best steps you can take to shorten the duration of illness when the symptoms of a cold, sore throat, or other upper respiratory infection begin.
The benefits of a membership in a CSA and how supporting local organic farming is not only good for you but good for the Earth as well.
Can we start a Slow Time Movement? One that would be like the Slow Food Movement.
Processed foods contain a variety of chemical preservatives that have been linked to serious medical conditions. Here’s what to look for and how to avoid food preservatives.
What does well read mean to you? Does the material you read and your personality traits determine how you view the world? This blog explores what well read means to me.
You may not hear about Candida overgrowth as much anymore, but there’s more evidence than ever that this syndrome is real and is often associated with other gut problems that cause a wide variety of symptoms throughout the body.
Moms, protect your baby’s health with this safe, homemade sunscreen.
With our chickweed and lavender salve, the bites I typically get that are swollen and painful were nothing more than a minor annoyance. All came from ingredients that we made ourselves.
Exploring our misconceptions of who we are when we are defined by our online presence.
The benefits of adopting a pet. And the sadness that occurs when they die.
With photovoltaic (PV) panel technology you can tap into the amazing world of free totally renewable energy from the sun. You generally cannot find a better more reliable source of power on the planet that solar. In our book you will find that a DIY on grid/off grid system is very affordable and a wise choice for almost everyone.
Doug and Jennie Ostgaard designed and built a photovoltaic system for their home, a project they was completed in six months. DIY photovoltaic solar has many benefits, and they outline a few of them here.
Two homesteaders from Washington and Colorado comment on their greatest weather fear in the mountains.
Ed Essex and Bruce McElmurray compare their weather experiences living at 4,200 feet and 9750 feet elevation respectively.
With so many good things that plants do in our life, would it be so bad to stop and appreciate them?
Engineering is helping to solve some of our biggest environmental challenges. Learn more during EEWeek.
MetLife Stadium is reducing waste, saving energy and saving water. Take a page from their playbook. www.earhgauge.net/?p=33964
Headwater streams are small streams or tributaries that carry water from the upper reaches of a watershed to a river.
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.
Efficiency pays off! Resolve to save energy, water, fuel and money in 2014. Get started with these tools.
Whether you’re traveling or staying home, try these tips for a healthy & environmentally-friendly Thanksgiving. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33317
Spring is the perfect time to give your home cooling equipment a check-up before hot weather arrives.
Plant life along small streams starts a food chain that stretches all the way to the ocean.
Help scientists study how bird populations are changing during the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Chase down household leaks and fix them to save water and money during the Earth Gauge #FixALeak Week.
Spot an algal bloom, snap a photo, enter to win great prizes!
Try these simple actions at home that can help reduce water pollution.
Enter the Take a Second contest and win great prizes! http://takeasec.org/
Things to look for in your soil before you break ground on your new home or cabin.
A description and pictures of a tornado force winds in Washington State in 2012.
The generators we use for living off the grid and a multitude of other tasks.
Concluding a series on fall mushroom foraging with two unusual looking suspects.
Pickled vegetables are a great way to jazz up your meals, especially in the late winter, early spring time when the grocery store vegetables are looking a little worse for the wear.
Sourdough biscuits is one of those perfect recipes that uses up plenty of ripe starter, but doesn’t take all day to rise.
Potica is a light and delicate Slovakian holiday bread stuffed with a brown sugar and nut filling. This recipe makes two loaves, one to eat now and one to save for Christmas morning brunch.
Identifying, harvesting, and cooking the nutritionally complex spring treat, stinging nettle.
Meet the king of the mushroom kingdom, Boletus Edulis, spotlighted in this fall series of mushroom foraging.
Update your favorite cinnamon rolls with warm spices, dark rum, and autumn’s favorite harvest—apples.
Ed and Bruce compare the weather and its impact on their mountain homesteads at different elevations and mountain ranges.
From ancient to modern times and across cultures, healers have used the nourishing and medicinal powers of broth, especially bone broth.
Bruce McElmurray and Ed Essex collaborate on how the weather dictates to their mountain homesteading.
When it's cold and windy nothing says comfort like a fresh loaf of sourdough bread. And when that loaf is filled with heart-healthy, omega-3 rich seeds, it's even better.
The dream, the drive and now the doing.
Coffee cake seems to be the forgotten step-child of breakfast breads. Although once very popular coffee cake has been eclipsed over the year by the proliferation of bagels, large, gooey muffins, and egg and sausage breakfast sandwiches.
A series on fall mushrooms for foraging.
Fruit butters are easy to make, in fact – they are almost foolproof. They allow for a little more creativity than many soft spread recipes and are perfect for using up odds and ends of fresh fruit.
The symbiotic relationship between plants and fungi are showing more than ever how life depends on life. Learn how to encourage what beneficial microbes you have in your soil for a powerful ally in your garden and fields.
You're not just a beginning gardener - you're also a scientist!
April's tips for controlling weeds and fertilizing your garden.
The Washington State Conservation Commission gave away trees at the Mother Earth News Fair as part of their conservation efforts.
We sat down for an interview with James Duft, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair Planner and Programming Manager. Read about what you can expect to see, do and participate in if you attend the upcoming Fair in Puyallup, Wash. Sheep dog training, cheese making, bread baking and antique tractors await!
Have you started your tomatoes and peppers yet? 'Tis the season to start seeding long season crops indoors. If you normally buy organic starts from your local nursery, try your hand at seed starting.
Ginseng benefits reach far and wide—both Asian and American ginseng help boost energy and vitality, improve concentration, prevent the flu, plus so much more.
Learn how to prevent Alzheimer's with diet. There is plenty of time for people to make brain-healthy lifestyle and dietary choices to potentially delay the onset of this dreaded and devastating disease.
Grass fed beef benefits for health are remarkable indeed; but are they fabulous enough to justify the extra cost? And how do you know you are buying the real thing?
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
Tasty whole-grain crackers — simple to make, quick to disappear.
Don't be fooled by false species. Enjoy real morels and fiddlehead ferns. Tips for identification and lessons learned from misidentifications.
When life gives you zucchini overload, turn it into this moist and savory Zucchini Olive Yeast Bread.
Creating a micro-climate is an essential tool for your survival and homesteading skills. Making the right micro-climate for your plants specific needs will not only help them survive, but thrive as well.
How to choose an apple tree to fit your space and needs.
Visitors enjoyed hundreds of test drives of Ford hybrid and electric cars at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
At the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Wash, I listened to lecturers cover topics from re-newable energy, small-scale farming, green building, organic gardening, simple living, and citizen solidarity building. While I listened, I pondered ways to weave these powerful themes into our children's lives.
We're getting revved up for winter seed swaps, and planning our tomato plantings to account for all the great tasting events next summer and fall. Find out how to find your own local events, or host your own!