Them That’s Doin’: Satisfied Sweepstakes Winner

Check out what MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors and readers have been enjoying lately, from apps and classes to tools and techniques. In this edition, sweepstakes winners are satisfied with their prize, and editors are finding innovative ways to store seeds and testing solar battery banks.

| August/September 2020

Welcome to Them That’s Doin’, a department featuring homesteaders discussing what they’ve been up to. We want to know what’s caught your eye, and how you’ve been spending your time. Have you joined a new online community, or added to your herbal apothecary? Welcomed a flock of chickens, or found a unique way to store seeds? Tell us at


Satisfied Sweepstakes Winner

We entered the MOTHER EARTH NEWS BigToolRack Giveaway hoping to win a useful piece of equipment for our family farm. When we found out we won the BigToolRack Ultimate Rack Package, we were over the moon! Tim, the president of BigToolRack, even called to congratulate us and set up an effortless delivery.

The Ultimate Rack Package has helped us get more done on our farm than a UTV. It’s rugged and well-made. It holds so many tools and supplies because of all the tool holders it has. When we’re done using it, we leave the tools on it for mobile tool storage in the barn! It’s such a versatile piece of equipment, whether we’re putting up fence posts or planting crops. I don’t know how we lived without it. A heartfelt thank-you to Mother Earth News and BigToolRack! —Theresa Hamm, reader


Seed Storage Hack

My daughter was excitedly digging through my unorganized seed box one day, and it made me aware of several issues. First, I had purchased multiples of the same plants, year after year, not realizing I had open packages already. And second, the packages were all precariously tossed into one location, each one in danger of spilling. This photo storage box was the perfect solution. I bagged any open packs, sorted them among the 4-by-6-inch individual containers, and applied labels. Now, they can be stored indoors — away from high temperatures and pests — and used for years. —Christine Stoner, editor



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