Don’t get caught off guard by cold and flu season this year. Prepare an easy elderberry elixir for a natural alternative for flu prevention and recovery.
After writing weekly blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS and reaching my goal, my writing will switch to a monthly blog.
Pickling Brussels sprouts is an easy, cost-effective canning project. If you like pickled asparagus or pickled green beans, you’re sure to love pickled Brussels sprouts.
Food preservation methods for green beans include freezing, drying, pressure canning, pickling, and dry salting. Shell beans may be enjoyed fresh, if harvested when immature. Immature shelling beans are best preserved by freezing. Fully matured beans are usually dried, and may also be pressure canned. This article contains instructions for preparing and preserving green beans and shelling beans by using all of these food preservation methods.
How my practices of meditation, praying and walking centers my soul, days and my life.
Don’t let a toenail infection get the best of you; try these easy and effective home remedies for toenail fungus that will help you get your nails back to normal.
Making fermented fruit vinegars at home is a simple, fun, and delicious project.
Why studying a map before traveling is a good idea.
What do chicks need in order to be raised humanely? Food, sunshine, access to the outdoors and a mother perhaps?
How friendships enrich our lives.
Saffron contains more than 150 compounds, many of which have medicinal properties like carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin, and more).
On-farm enterprises often take root when a gardener produces more than they can personally use. Here is a brief guide to working with restaurants and creating a Farm-to-Table culture within your community.
The gifts we are able to share in a long and respectful relationship.
You do not have to have “land” to farm. You can farm where ever you are. A 10th of an acre is enough and, on some days, more than you would want to can handle. Make the best use of your space, care for your soil, be thrifty with water and enjoy the garden and the fruits of your labor.
The 2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence will be held in a suburban neighborhood for the first time. Also for the first time, outreach to the general public is a core part of this convergence with site tours and educational Expo, free and open to the public.
Combine your favorite summer berries to make this sweet-tart long-cooking jam.
If a chicken never sees the sun, never gets to hunt for food in thick grass, never gets to take a dirt bath with her friends, never gets to flirt with a rooster, can she lay an egg? She’ll lay something, but can you call it an egg?
Are we saving the Earth at this point or our own species?
Gardening is a biological process, not a chemical one. For a healthy, productive garden, help your plants cultivate the biology in the soil that will feed them.
As our climate changes, more and more people will find themselves living in fire country. Forest thinning is one of the first and most important jobs in preparing your homestead for fire season. Added benefits include timber for milling, increased bio-diversity and an endless supply of firewood.
How we look at the world stems from our context how we were raised and many other variables.
There are many delicious ways to preserve corn. Canning and freezing are popular methods. However, pickling, drying, and salting are other good food preservation methods to consider for this summer vegetable.
Some experts recommend replacing pillows every two years. That would have cost me more than $1,000 over the past 10 years! Don't throw out old pillows in order to opt for expensive new ones. Instead, this post will teach you how to effectively hand-wash old pillows to remove stains and kill bacteria.
Why I think live debates are important way to educate voters in our country.
You use a reusable bag to bring home your food, a sponge to clean your dishes after you cook, and a kitchen towel to dry those dishes off. But did you know that each of these items can be an unseen source of germs and bacteria?
Savory or sweet, find refreshment this summer with mint recipes like Mint Jelly and Sweet Mint Tea.
How I helped a woman friend of mine to sort and find places for her life-long collections.
How to pick a good CSA that's right for you.
Infusing a large amount of dried stinging nettle leaves in water for a long period of time is one of the easiest and most traditional ways to obtain nettle tea benefits.
Make your 4th-of-July cook-out extra special with this spicy, sweet relish.
Imagine being able to turn dead tree branches from your own property into motor fuel. Make power just about anywhere, at any time...for free. Sounds futuristic, right? Fuel your back-up electrical generator with wood gas and save a trip to town. Learn build tricks from a pro for a reliable system on a DIY budget.
It may be too hot to bake, but it’s not too hot to enjoy sourdough bread. The answer – grilled sourdough flatbread.
I find hope when I meet people like Pat Holm and learn about organizations like Democracy Collaborative.
How I slowed down my internal clock on a train trip from Seattle to Portland.
Most people think they should ditch their coffee habit or at least cut back on it significantly. So is coffee healthy or not?
If you have ever thought of starting up a farmers market in your community, this article offers some advice on a few things to consider. Read on to learn 6 lessons learned from a Washington farmers market, including how to build strong leadership and community buy-in.
My love for birds and the gift of time inspired my birdhouse project.
The author’s thoughts about raising chicks changed when he returned home from a vacation and couldn’t find one of his hens. He discovered her the next morning, sitting on a clutch of eggs under a porch. When her chicks hatched and he saw how much she cared for them, and how much her chicks adored her, he knew then that every chick deserves a good mother hen.
The many calendula uses for health include treating diaper rash, healing wounds, and helping with side effects of radiation therapy.
How I encouraged a swift healing for my body.
Distinguishing rhubarb as a fruit or vegetable. Includes sweet and savory recipes.
There is a crucial difference between pickled and fermented foods that impacts their nutritive value.
How we deal with each other’s emotional messiness.
Stormy spring days mean it’s time for a new loaf of homemade sourdough bread.
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.
How we found a home, started our urban homestead and gained several years work.
How my walking practice helps me in so many ways.
Explore creative ways to save the harvest with these favorite canning books.
How to create a scrumptious strawberry shortcake in a Mason jar.
Oats are rich in protein, vitamins (like vitamin E), antioxidants, and fiber, making them a good food to start off your day.
Make sure to listen for wisdom and jewels while listening to lectures and speeches.
A look at how our family created the community that supported our family life.
How to choose an apple tree to fit your space and needs.
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.
How we need to rethink our transportation in order to keep Washington the evergreen state.
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.
How long have you had that packet of seeds? Check their viability.
Having trouble finding relief from chronic constipation? You may benefit from an abdominal massage.
Skin care and keeping it simple.
Rediscover the lost art of pickling eggs with this how-to article.
What I think about each time I attend a funeral, celebration of life or memorial.
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.
Valerian is known for its sedative qualities, which can help to increase sleepiness, as well as to decrease nervousness and restlessness.
With spring on its way, I am thinking about gardening, home grown food and what it takes to grow plants from seed.
Why I use the #Blessedlife.
New England’s favorite homemade biscuit recipe is made even better with whole-grain Khorasan.
Some great insights on building community thanks to "Kinfolk," a quarterly publication.
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.
Do well-behaved people seldom or rarely make history?
If you need a little mid-winter diet inspiration, here is a list of healthy, high-antioxidant foods to eat this winter season.
Spice up your winter diet with the toothsome crunch of sprouts.
How can we talk more about the process of death? And is it worthy conversation to have?
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.
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.
Don't throw away that extra sourdough starter. Turn it into delicious muffins, crackers, pancakes and more.
How I reconcile professional football and its place in our society.
Simple steps anyone can take to repair a generator at home.
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.
Gardening offers some amazing benefits to your mental and physical wellbeing.
A grandson's respect for his grandmother.
Adding music to your workout will make exercising more enjoyable, but does music make you run faster as well?
Spiced-apple rings add the perfect touch to a winter-friendly comfort food dinner.
How sharing home grown gifts can enrich each other lives.
These 5 New Year resolution ideas are easy and simple, and they will help you take small, but significant, steps toward better health.
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.
Can we and should we be transparent with each other? Who should be transparent with whom?
The first day of 2015.
Exploring ways that I can and will impact people around me in 2015.
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.
Who shares with you a wealth of wisdom that enriches your life?
Reclaim the joy of the holiday season with homemade gifts that aren't too late to make.
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.
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.
What gifts are we going to give this holiday season?
Coconut oil uses range from cooking to skin care, so read on to take advantage of what this oil has to offer.
How this last year of discrimination and profiling in the news has impacted me.
There are many non-dairy sources of calcium to choose from to make sure you are getting enough of this vital nutrient.
The accomplishment and goal that I achieved with a "little" help from my friends and family.
Concluding a series on fall mushroom foraging with two unusual looking suspects.
Sharing my practices of gratitude and thanksgiving.
Are our words or actions more important to our children?
The best soup for a cold should contain proven, immune-boosting foods like medicinal mushrooms (such as maitake and reishi) and astragalus root.
Make your Thanksgiving stuffing extra special this year with these recipes for homemade stuffing bread.
What can you do with mounds of green tomatoes? Turn them into the best enchilada sauce you'll ever have.
Ideas on making a list for yourself before consuming or investing.
What is the difference between hoarding stuff and money? Is there any difference?
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.
Are you planning to put in an orchard next spring, or re-design your landscape with more edible plants?
Highlighting Chanterelles in a fall series of mushroom foraging.
Expense checklist for anyone wanting to plan a new homestead.
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.
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.
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.
Meet the king of the mushroom kingdom, Boletus Edulis, spotlighted in this fall series of mushroom foraging.
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.
Exploring our misconceptions of who we are when we are defined by our online presence.
Update your favorite cinnamon rolls with warm spices, dark rum, and autumn’s favorite harvest—apples.
The benefits of adopting a pet. And the sadness that occurs when they die.
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.
A series on fall mushrooms for foraging.
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.
Living in a 500-square-foot house (or smaller) affects our consumption and relationships.
When life gives you zucchini overload, turn it into this moist and savory Zucchini Olive Yeast Bread.
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.
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.
Spot an algal bloom, snap a photo, enter to win great prizes!
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.
From ancient to modern times and across cultures, healers have used the nourishing and medicinal powers of broth, especially bone broth.
Enter the Take a Second contest and win great prizes! http://takeasec.org/
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.
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
Drop store bought mayonnaise like a bad habit. Make your own with only five simple ingredients, under 5 minutes.
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.
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of blueberries’ health benefits.
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.
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.
Tasty whole-grain crackers — simple to make, quick to disappear.
The fresh berry season is so fleeting, that it almost calls out for preserving, especially in the form of jam.
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.
The dream, the drive and now the doing.
Don't be fooled by false species. Enjoy real morels and fiddlehead ferns. Tips for identification and lessons learned from misidentifications.
This painless test finds heart disease before it turns deadly.
Whether you live on the beach or 1000s of miles away, there are easy ways you can protect coastal water quality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April's tips for controlling weeds and fertilizing your garden.
Identifying, harvesting, and cooking the nutritionally complex spring treat, stinging nettle.
Spring is the perfect time to give your home cooling equipment a check-up before hot weather arrives.
Show us how you take a second to conserve water!
Fast acting and free of side effects, clinical electromagnetic pulse therapy is a good alternative to medication for a range of conditions.
Zaatar bread is a soft, Arabic-style bread topped with olive oil and the tangy spice mixture called zaatar.
Anyone can brew beer. Part 2 of Homebrewing for Beginners seeks to demystify the process of cooking the wort, fermentation, racking, and bottling.
These all-natural approaches can ease TMJ symptoms and give you relief.
Engineering is helping to solve some of our biggest environmental challenges. Learn more during EEWeek.
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.
A cold winter and late-season snow in some parts of the U.S. could mean a rough spring allergy season.
Hot-cross buns, full of warm spices and sweet fruit, are a tasty springtime treat.
You're not just a beginning gardener - you're also a scientist!
Try these simple actions at home that can help reduce water pollution.
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.
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
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.
Chase down household leaks and fix them to save water and money during the Earth Gauge #FixALeak Week.
Ed Essex and Bruce McElmurray compare their weather experiences living at 4,200 feet and 9750 feet elevation respectively.
Sourdough biscuits is one of those perfect recipes that uses up plenty of ripe starter, but doesn’t take all day to rise.
Protect our water supplies during National Groundwater Awareness Week by saving water at home: www.earthgauge.net/?p=23794
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.
Two homesteaders from Washington and Colorado comment on their greatest weather fear in the mountains.
One of the most recognizable features of wetlands is their smell. What makes these areas so pungent?
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?
Ed and Bruce compare the weather and its impact on their mountain homesteads at different elevations and mountain ranges.
Once you have eaten a soft, sourdough pretzel, all other pretzels will pale in comparison. Luckily they are simple to make yourself.
Bruce McElmurray and Ed Essex collaborate on how the weather dictates to their mountain homesteading.
Help scientists study how bird populations are changing during the Great Backyard Bird Count.
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.
Small but mighty: birds have smart strategies for surviving cold weather.
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.
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.
MetLife Stadium is reducing waste, saving energy and saving water. Take a page from their playbook. www.earhgauge.net/?p=33964
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.
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.
Efficiency pays off! Resolve to save energy, water, fuel and money in 2014. Get started with these tools.
Building a fire to stay warm? Use these ‘best burn practices’ to minimize smoke & protect your health: www.earthgauge.net/?p=17955
Make a miniature sourdough bread for dinner tonight, and freeze the rest for a busy day.
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.
With so many good things that plants do in our life, would it be so bad to stop and appreciate them?
Headwater streams are small streams or tributaries that carry water from the upper reaches of a watershed to a river.
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?
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.
Was it a teacher? A parent? A field trip? What was your Earth Changing Moment? Share your first connection with the environment.
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.
Participate in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count to help scientists study winter bird populations: www.earthgauge.net/?p=33409
Learning to appreciate seasonal differences.
Are there any bread bakers on your holiday list? Now you know what to to give them. Delight them with these helpful gifts.
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.
Whether you’re traveling or staying home, try these tips for a healthy & environmentally-friendly Thanksgiving. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33317
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a laptop for 5 hours! America Recycles Day is Nov 15.
A natural kennel cough cure will be better for your pet and your wallet while not contributing to the antibiotic resistance problem.
Fall is a great time to replace traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. Save up to $50 per year.
Even progressive cities have work to do, and sometimes the biggest changes come from good people asking the right questions.
The simple steps that increased my health and decreased my waste, and how easy it all was looking back.
Getting ready to carve a jack-o-lantern masterpiece? Learn how weather impacts the pumpkin harvest
Looking back the past three years and identifying what we have learned from our experiences.
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?
Celebrate the 20th anniversary National Public Lands Day on September 28! Find a volunteer site.
Are you Weather-Ready? September is National Preparedness Month.
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.
Headed back to school? Protect air quality, save energy and recycle for a healthier, greener school year.
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.
What makes a piece of land a wet-land? Not all wetlands are wet for the same reason.
Moms, protect your baby’s health with this safe, homemade sunscreen.
Plant life along small streams starts a food chain that stretches all the way to the ocean.
There are a lot of things you can do right now to experience the homestead lifestyle right in your backyard.
Breaking down the misconception that wholesome and organic food is only reserved for the wealthy.
Buzz…sting…ouch! Why are yellow jackets more aggressive at this time of year?
Going to the beach? Get real-time info on Great Lakes beach water quality, weather and water conditions.
Visitors enjoyed hundreds of test drives of Ford hybrid and electric cars at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
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.
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.
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!
The cost to install and operate our solar electrical system.
A description and pictures of a tornado force winds in Washington State in 2012.
Things to look for in your soil before you break ground on your new home or cabin.
The generators we use for living off the grid and a multitude of other tasks.
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!
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.
This soft, tangy sourdough oatmeal bread may just be the best you’ve ever tasted.
Making your own homemade toothpaste from coconut oil is easy, fun and can be healthier and less expensive than store-bought versions.