Mother Earth News Community Garden

Reader Contribution by Queren King-Orozco

Here at Mother Earth News, we are a community of people who are passionate about sustainability and gardening, among other wonderful hobbies that allow us to learn how to live a self-sufficient life.

Many of us come from different parts of the country and even the world! Our community’s lifestyles vary, but together we make up a team dedicated to the message our magazine proudly represents.

The community garden, what some of us refer to as the Mother Earth News Garden or the Ogden Garden (named after our publishing company) is a place for all of us to gather and bring our magazine to life. While some of us are not expert gardeners, we have a wide range of skills on staff and plenty of the very best homesteading experts visiting with us on a daily basis.

We have already started raised bed, permaculture, pollinator and compost areas. Our goal is to work as a team through these trial spaces, and we have stumbled upon a few obstacles. The winter here in Kansas, (yes! I said Kansas!) was extremely long, followed by heavy rain falls. We kept our gardening hats on (literally) and adapted to the challenges the weather threw our way.

We want to share our journey of gardening in the middle of our backyard, in a space that has been home to grass and weeds for a while. We know the road to a flourishing garden is going to have many bumps, and the weather is more unpredictable than ever, but come along for the ride to see us try, fail, and try again – the true homesteading spirit!

Want to grow a garden as lush as ours? Find our go-to products for garden maintenance, harvesting, and more at in the Mother Earth News Garden Shed.

If you’d like to be a Mother Earth News Community Garden sponsor contact Brenda Escalante.

Thank you to our sponsors, Garden In Minutes, Neptune’s Harvest, Coast of Maine, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Meadow CreatureLehman’s, Mother Earth News Store, Happy Leaf LED, Berry Hill Irrigation.