Mother Earth News and Friends Podcast







Welcome to the Mother Earth News and Friends podcast, where we get down-to-earth with your favorite eco-celebrities and experts to bring together conversations that are as informative as they are enjoyable. On these podcasts, we will be talking with homesteaders, artisans, and sustainability experts to deliver the homegrown advice and expertise that MOTHER EARTH NEWS is known for!

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Profit as a Homesteader

Mother Earth News’ Editor-in-Chief Hank Will, and Becky Tipton of the Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers’ Association, on making a living from small acreage.

36 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Favorite Medicinal Plants

Jessica Kellner, Editor-in-Chief of Mother Earth Living, and JoAnne Bauman, respected herbalist discuss their list of favorite medicinal plants for their gardens.

29 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Keeping Urban Chickens

Kevin Fletcher explains that when it comes to the farm, some things are better left to "Dr. Green."

38 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Sustainable Energy Inside City Limits

Former MOTHER EARTH NEWS editor, Kale Roberts and author Dan Chiras come together to discuss your options for living off-grid in city limits.

42 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Charcuterie in the City

Respected authors Meredith Leigh and Gianaclis Caldwell discuss making choices that positively impact us and our communities from the urban homestead and beyond.

35 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Dr. Green Minisode

Two of our favorite faces of the poultry world, Patricia Foreman and Victoria Miller join Jennifer Pitino of the "Urban Chicken Podcast" to discuss how city chicks make a community better.

3 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Beeginning With Bees

Producer Robert Riley speaks with expert beekeepers Becky Tipton, Dawn Combs, and Steve Tipton cover several topics on getting started with bees to help you keep a successful colony.

62 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Get Started with Chickens

Kellsey Trimble of Grit sits down with some of our favorite poultry experts to discuss getting started with your flock. There are many considerations to keep in mind.

42 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Common Flock Problems

Joe Putnam and Patricia Foreman sit down with Kellsey Trimble of Grit to talk about the problems many flock owners run into, as well as their solutions.

33 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Herbs for Your Teacup

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Senior Editor Hannah Kincaid took time to chat with herbalists Dawn Combs and Joanne Bauman about what they grow in their tea garden and how to use it.

48 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


green Weddings

Join Mother Earth Living's design experts as they discuss planning eco-friendly and sustainable gatherings, specifically weddings!

47 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Spoon Man Minisode

Caleb Regan speaks with Jake Kristophel to discuss why he made the choice to quit his job and work from his homestead and how he continues to diversify.

9 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Craft Distilling

Victoria Miller sits down with Kellsey Trimble and Robert Riley to discuss the legality of distilling your own liquor as well as the process of distilling.

64 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


The Nature of Things Minisode

In this minisode, Managing Editor of Grit Magazine, Kellsey Trimble, discusses her admiration of Gene Logsdon and reflects on his passing.

5 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Profit with Poultry

Many of us joke that our hobby flocks don’t pay the bills. Let’s change that! Patrica Foreman and Victoria Miller join us to share their expertise on monetizing your flock.

40 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Succession Gardening

Charlotte Brunin meets with Rebecca Martin from MOTHER EARTH NEWS Pam Dawling and Petra Page-Mann to learn about succession gardening for a year-round harvest.

45 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Get to Know Goats

Kellsey Trimble of Grit visits with Gianaclis Caldwell, Jeanette Beranger and Richard Browning to find out all she can about keeping goats and which breeds may be right for someone getting started.

54 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Befriend Your Butcher

Rebecca Martin, and Kellsey Trimble sit down with Meredith Leigh to discuss how to buy meat in bulk, the business of getting meat processed, and why you should know your butcher.

55 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Cool Coops!

Charlotte Brunin, Amanda Sorrell, Jeanette Beranger, and Patricia Foreman discuss the considerations you need to take when you are looking for or building a chicken coop.

51 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Poultry Breeds and Species

Kellsey Trimble sits down with Alison Martin and Cindy Gibson to discuss popular poultry breeds and species that you may want to add to your homestead.

42 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Harvest Your Honey

Charlotte Brunin and Robert Riley meet with Becky Tipton and Steve Tipton to discuss how to properly harvest honey from a langstroth hive.

49 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Leathers and Furs: Preserving Animal Hides

Charlotte Brunin joins Kellsey Trimble and Caleb Regan of Grit to be taught how to preserve a hide from Dennis Biswell.

47 min./30 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Great Guide to Guinea Fowl

Charlotte Brunin and Kellsey Trimble talk flock with two guinea fowl experts, Cindy Gibson and Sharon Dodds, to learn how to keep and train these boisterous birds.

58 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


The Ayurveda Lifestyle

Learn the wonderful benefits of Ayurveda, it's principles and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle with two experts in the Ayurveda lifestyle, Anata Ripa Ajmera and Brittany Wood Nickerson.

62 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Writing Urban Ag Policy

Helen Schnoes and Mary Miller of the Douglas County Food Policy Council to discuss how to work inside your city limits to gain agricultural rights for your community.

53 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Making the Most of Older Animals

Caleb Regan meets with John Wilkes and Adam Danforth to discuss how and why we should eat, and enjoy eating, older animals.

53 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Ducks on Demand

Learn about Jeannette Beranger and Victoria Miller's experiences with a variety of duck breeds, and what they recommend for you!

50 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Kefir and Kombucha

Hannah Krum the "Kombucha Mama" visits with Charlotte Brunin to discuss brewing the popular fermented beverages, kefir and kombucha.

43 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Marvelous Mushrooms

Charlotte and Robert visit with Tradd Cotter to learn how he came to be a mushroom farmer, the importance of a mushroom regimen and how we can use fungi to save the world!

33 min.  ▶️ Listen Now



Hannah Kincaid and Charlotte visit with Liz Fulcher to discuss how to create hydrosols and what makes them different from essential oils.

56 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Scoop on Poop

In this episode we discuss composting human manure! The in-home setup, the legalities, and how to overcome the ick factor to produce beautiful soil.

53 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Straight Dope On Cannabis

Learn about medicinal marijuana from Jill Nussinow, a MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR favorite.

46 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Swarm Essentials

Charlotte and Zach Foley (of the Community Chickens podcast) called Hilary Kearney to discuss her work beekeeping in Southern California and how they might catch a swarm.

49 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Live Deliberately with Rob Greenfield

Charlotte and Russell Mullin meet with Rob Greenfield to discuss how he became a famous eco-activist, what you can do to reduce waste, and details about Rob's projects.

44 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Pasture Raising Pork

Jake Kristophel (aka Spoonman), Deborah Neimann, and Desiree Sirois discuss their pastured pork businesses, why they love pigs, and how to keep your pigs happy and gentle.

35 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Vegetables Love Flowers

Liza Ziegler explains why vegetables love flowers and ideas for companion planting.

28 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Organic Pest Control

Charlotte and Hannah meet with the "Dirt Dr." Howard Garrett to discuss safe alternatives to mainstream pesticides.

48 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Wellness Garden

Shawna Coronado joins us to discuss how to make the most out of your garden experience to improve your overall health and well-being.

53 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Dietary Sensitivities

Our guest will discuss their experience with dietary sensitivities.

59 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Graft a Better World

Charlotte meets with Asheville natives, Bill, Frances, and Vanessa to discuss the importance of nut trees, grafting, and food availability.

49 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


From Lambs to Llamas: Raising Fiber Livestock

Hank Will joins Charlotte and fellow Mother Earth New editor Caitlin Wilson to discuss fiber animals and the products they produce.

47 min. / 32 MIN.  ▶️ Listen Now


Natural Skin Care

Zach from the Community Chickens podcast joins Charlotte and Janice Cox to discuss why breaking free from conventional skincare may be the best choice for your skin!.

39 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Grains for Your Health

Charlotte meets Jill Nussinow and Victoria Miller to discuss the nutritional benefits of various seeds and grains, and how to use them.

39 min.  ▶️ Listen Now

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Disaster Preparedness

Victoria Miller, Jeffrey Yago and Dan Chiras join Charlotte to discuss living off grid and how to be prepared for a disaster.

  1:10 min.  ▶️ Listen Now



Join Charlotte and guests to discuss the practice of aquaponics and how its efficiency is improving lives everywhere.

35 min.  ▶️ Listen Now

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Live Episode - FTCLDF Panel

Join the live panel at our Frederick, Maryland MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR as they discuss common legal questions that homesteaders have.

1:05 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Permaculture Ethics

Join Jessi Bloom and Darrell Frey as they discuss permaculture ethics, how they define them, and how they apply the ethics in their lives.

40 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Industrial Hemp

Join Frances Tacy, Vanessa King as they discuss the introduction of industrial hemp on Franny's Farm, and what it can do for the state.


  37 min.  ▶️ Listen Now

Building Soil

In this episode, a soil building dream-team gets together to talk about the importance of soil and why everyone should be getting dirty.

56 min.  ▶️ Listen Now

From No-Knead to Sour Dough

In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends, our guests discuss baking bread, from no-knead to sour dough and flatbread do fluffy loaves.

  32 min.  ▶️ Listen Now

Women in Farming

There are more women farmers rolling up their sleeves than ever before.  Enjoy this episode to learn how they're making a living and the trials that they face.

  46 min.  ▶️ Listen Now

Hunting Game

We were joined by a few avid hunters that are friends of MOTHER and eager to share their experiences, techniques, and a few hunters’ stories

54 / 37 min.  ▶️ Listen Now


Vermiculture is a fantastic addition to your compost process, delivering beautiful soil in less time.

12/20  ▶️ Coming Soon

Alternative Housing Styles

Patricia Foreman and Rob Greenfield discuss their experiences in tiny living and beyond.

1/03  ▶️ Coming Soon

Keeping Chickens Through Winter

Learn the in's and out's of keeping a healthy flock during the cold seasons.

 1/17 ▶️ Coming Soon

Applying for Grants

Find out how to fund homestead projects through grants. Joining us is Michele Beener.

1/31  ▶️ Coming Soon


Join in our discussion with Matt Stephens and Matt Wilkinson as they discuss how they got into agritourism, and why it was the right choice for them.

  2/14  ▶️ Coming Soon

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