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Them That’s Doin: Bobcat’s Product Launch

Check out what MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors and readers have been enjoying lately, from apps and classes to tools and techniques. In this edition, editors are wearing durable work pants, making sauerkraut in a well-designed fermentation vessel, and trying yoga with goats.

| April/May 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 tried any new-to-you seeds, or tested a fresh recipe? Upcycled scrap items into something cool, or started a club? Tell us at In the meantime, here’s what we’ve been doin’.

Photo by Joanna Will

Rugged, Comfortable Women’s Work Pants

I’ve spent a good chunk of my life wearing men’s work pants for farm and outdoor work, putting up with bunching fabric and a blocky silhouette in exchange for durability. When a pair of Dovetail Workwear Freshley Overalls came into my life recently, a new day dawned. These overalls have the rugged toughness of the men’s pants I’ve always relied on, with a fit and comfort I never imagined possible. The super-strong but spectacularly soft fabric and the stretch in the straps allow for a complete range of movement with no tugging or pulling. Pockets are sized and placed just right for all the tools I need when I head out for the morning’s chores, from my pocketknife and gloves to my phone and the occasional beer bottle turned bottle-lamb feeder. —Joanna Will, reader

Photo by Rebecca Martin

A Well-Designed Fermentation Vessel

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