Green Living

The ins and outs of green construction and natural building, with specifics on solar design, home insulation and more.

We Started Building an Off-Grid Shipping Container Home with Zero Construction Experience

By Jessica Passecker, Pacific Pines Ranch

About two years ago, we escaped city living to develop an off-grid shipping container home with little to no construction experience in rural Oregon.

Green Household Cleaners: Clean Homes Naturally

By Ann Larkin-Hanson

Stop using harsh chemical cleaning products in your house and replace them with these natural cleaning recipes that use common household ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, borax and ammonia. Originally published as "Natural Housecleaning" in the July/August 1990 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Senior Cohousing Provides Community Assistance with Living

By Charles Durrett

Instead of assisted living, or managing a large home without help, cohousing creates a small neighborhood of independent individuals who all do what they are able in order to maintain a mutually beneficial and enjoyable community.

Health on the Homestead: Indoor Exercise Bike that Helps Power the Farm

By John D. Ivanko, Inn Serendipity

SportsArt Eco-Powr line of exercise equipment when used at a home helped you stay fit, stay healthy and power the homestead.


My Tiny House in the Woods: Choosing to Live Without Electricity

By Jo deVries

In 1996, I purchased a piece of bush land in Eastern Ontario, where I’d raise my son and live a simple, down-to-earth life, filled with the wonderful happenings that occur when one lives surrounded by nature and positive energy.

My Natural Building Journey

By Joe Silins

After spending years learning about construction and natural homes, this builder put that training into practice to construct a straw bale guest house.

Lessons Learned from an Air-Source Heat Pump with Fuel Oil Integrated System

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

An 1800s drafty farmhouse needed a cost-effective way to cut down on the three tanks of fuel oil purchased each heating season. Integrating an air-source heat pump did the trick.

Finding Ground: Patience and Persistence Pay Off When Purchasing Rural Property

By Renée Benoit

Patience and presistence are the most important qualities to have when looking for your perfect property.

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