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9 Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
When you grow your own food, generate your own energy, and work from a home office or farm for your livelihood, the so-called “costs of living” largely disappear. Begin making the transition to a more self-sufficient life today — wherever you live and with the resources and skills you already have — with this insight from a Wisconsin family who has made self-reliance into a home-based business.
Try Quick Hoops: Easy-to-Make Mini-Greenhouses
Simple, lightweight and less expensive than cold frames, quick hoops keep the garden producing past cooperative weather, keeping you in fresh, homegrown food, even during the chilly chunks of the calendar.
Winter Gardening Tips: Best Winter Crops and Cold-Hardy Varieties
Growers in any region needn’t resign to experiencing fresh harvests solely in summer. Try cultivating these 13 stalwarts of the winter garden that have proved hardy in the face of tumbling temps.
9 Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of
Whether you want to sink new roots or simply draw inspiration for more sustainable living, take a tour of these communities that are working to achieve security through cooperative action, thoughtful compromise and shared vision.
Cob Building Basics: DIY House of Earth and Straw
Because you can provide much of the construction labor yourself, cob construction is quite affordable. Here’s how to hand-sculpt a custom, mortgage-free home from dirt-cheap, local materials.
Find the Best Energy-Efficient Window Treatments
Upping the efficiency of your windows doesn’t have to be a pane. Here, we help you compare the options so you can save money and stay comfortable in all seasons.
News From MOTHER
Local Food: Transforming Our Food System
Reader letters about chickens in the garden, pressure canning, apartment gardening, labeling genetically modified foods, a local urban homesteaders’ network, capitalism, green tomato recipes, and more.
Home Solar Power Won’t Break the Bank
A GMO News Roundup: More Concerns About GM Crops
Cool Tools for Wiser Living: A Cedar Cold Frame, Tripod Ladder and More
Poultry Processing on the Go: The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse
Farm Labor Exposé Earns 2013 James Beard Award
Sow It Forward: Garden Grants Promote Sharing
Crop at a Glance
All About Growing Summer Grains
You can grow a satisfying assortment of grain crops during the summer months to supply fare for your kitchen and your critters — all without the pesticide residues that commonly plague store-bought grain products. Learn how to cultivate warm-season staple crops — buckwheat, corn, hulless oats, pearl millet and sunflowers — with our guide, complete with instructions for harvesting, storing and saving seeds.
Working Dogs: Pick a Perfect Pooch for Your Pastures
All paws on deck! Discover the doggone-good characteristics and capabilities of several types of working homestead dogs, from herding pros to livestock guardians to vermin-control specialists. This primer covers matching a breed to your needs and how to integrate your keen canine onto the farm.
Beautiful and Abundant
A Vision for a Better World
Creating a sustainable future is possible, but first, we need to imagine a healthy planet and recognize our power to change.
Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How to Make a Room Feel Bigger
Emergency Solar Lights
How to Freeze Eggs
Flavorful Herb Pestos, Plus a Mint Pesto Recipe
Nontoxic Wood Stain
Making Aprons From Recycled Dresses
Kill Ants Naturally With Orange Peels
Build Triangular Fence Corner Posts
Protect Chickens From Hawks
The Many Uses for Canning Jars
Easy-to-Use Sawbuck for Cutting Firewood