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DIY Building Projects

Great DIY projects and building plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.

Home-Based Business Opportunities

Home-based businesses give you the opportunity to work at your own pace and be your own boss. Here is a collection of successful home business stories that will inspire you to find a way to work from home.

Country Lore

Mother Earth News Readers

Readers’ tips on making clay paint, rigging up a raken house, planting straight, clearing the air, and so much more.

Cherry Board Farmhouse Table Years in the Making

By Ilene White Freedman, House in the Woods Farm

When has a homesteading project been waylaid too long? The making of a cherry farmhouse table and the story of the not-making-it years.

Build a Garden Fence on a Budget

Written and Photos by Jake Lasorsa 

Learn how to add beauty and functionality to your growing space with a durable wooden garden fence that won’t break the bank.


How to Frame a Rob Roy Kayak

Written and Photos by Greg Rössel

Learn how this simple, elegant skin-on-frame design is a great project for home woodworkers and paddle enthusiasts alike.

Make Your Mark

Written by Jason Logan with photos by Lauren Kolyn

Learn how to create personalized, natural inks from foraged ingredients, and add a organic flare to your writing or art.

Build a Hiking Trail

By Jonathan Olivier

Lay out a footpath through your property that’ll offer easy access to its highlights, while also providing a peaceful respite in nature.

Baby Goat Diapers: DIY Belly Bands for In-Home Baby Male Goats

By Danielle Pientka,

I walk you through how to make fabric "male baby goat diapers", or belly bands, if you have a house goat or two this spring. These belly bands are for pee only with boy goats.

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