Cheryl Long, editor in chief

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Cheryl Long is the editor in chief of Mother Earth News magazine, and a leading advocate for more sustainable lifestyles. She lives on an 8-acre homestead near Topeka, Kan., that is powered in part by solar panels. There, she manages a large organic garden and a small flock of Welsummer chickens. Before taking the helm at Mother Earth News, she was an editor at Organic Gardening magazine for 10 years. Previous to that, she worked for an international education organization in New York City before moving to the woods of eastern Washington, where she built an off-the-grid log cabin.  

Cheryl grew up in rural south-central Nebraska, spending much time on the farms of her grandparents. “They were almost totally self-sufficient, raising beef and dairy cattle, pigs, chickens, bees, grain and a large garden and orchard,” she recalls. “I still remember how good all their food tasted.”

Her background and personal interests together with her tenure at the helm of Mother Earth News give Cheryl unique expertise in all aspects of sustainable living. She is available for interviews on organic gardening, renewable energy, backyard chickens, green home building and all aspects of modern homesteading.

“At Mother Earth News,” Cheryl says, “our goal is to show the public that living more sustainably is also more fun and satisfying. Sure, the world is facing some serious environmental issues and there are plenty of reasons to be alarmed, but we believe the best solution to the problems—and the best antidote to anxiety—is to enjoy life more by discovering new ways to be more self-sufficient and choosing to live more lightly on the planet.”

Cheryl’s feature articles in Mother Earth News include “Is Agribusiness Making Food Less Nutritious?”, “Build Better Soil With Free Organic Fertilizer!”, “Easy Solar Power” (about the state-of-the-art solar panels on her barn) and “Meet Real Free-range Eggs” (about the exclusive Mother Earth News testing that reveals free-range eggs contain dramatically more nutrients than commercial eggs).

Cheryl is also the author or editor of several books, including Rodale Organic Gardening Solutions. Her work as editor in chief of Mother Earth News magazine was honored in the 2011 FOLIO: 40. She holds a B.A. in Integrated Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.