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More Than a Magazine … A Way of Life

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40 Gardening Tips to Maximize Your Harvest
Save time and money while growing even more great-tasting organic food.


Backyard Chicken Basics
They’re less work than pets and more fun than an Xbox. Plus, they provide delicious, nutritious eggs.

Serious Energy Savings With Passive House Design
If you’re dreaming of a home that’s the ultimate in energy efficiency, take a look at the Passive House standard.

Building Community Food Security
An Ohio community’s success story will inspire you to help create a healthy, secure and sustainable local food system in your area.

The Best Homemade Tomato Cages
Forget flimsy, store-bought products. Build your own sturdy, low-cost tomato cages with these four terrific designs!

Homestead Helpers: Sheep, Cattle, Pigs and Poultry
Livestock aren’t just useful for meat and eggs. They can mow lawns, work garden soil, dig stumps and more.

Antique Farm Tools
From handling hay to shearing sitting sheep, these old-time tools filled unique roles around the homesteads of yesteryear.

Easy DIY Garden Shed Plans
Anyone can build a small, simple and sensational shed!

Better Heirloom Vegetables
An Oregon farmer breeds and rehabilitates heirloom vegetable varieties, leading an evolutionary dance to help create better food.


Home Cheesemaking: From Hobby to Business
Sharpening a Handsaw
Chicken Manure in the Garden
Easy, Elegant Homemade Wreaths

News From MOTHER

Reader letters about the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner, wood-fired oven and solar stock tank plans, the Nissan Leaf, stevia and more.

Green Gazette
Keep Your Garden Safe From Killer Compost
Are Water-Based Interior Paints Safe for Kids?
You Can Compost Human Waste!
Choose the Chevy Cruze for Great Gas Mileage
The State of Organic Seed
Comparing Compostable Bags
Questions About Farm Bill Programs?

Crop at a Glance
Growing Cucumbers
Cool down your summer with the crunch of fresh cukes! Learn how to plant, grow, harvest and store this productive, nutritious veggie.

Real Food
Eat in Season: Rhubarb
Biscuits With Rhubarb Sauce
Rhubarb Cooking Tips
All About Real Maple Syrup
5 Things You Can Make Yourself
4 Handy Food Apps
2 Super Swaps
1 Cool Thing
Make a Sassier Salad
Duck, Duck, Goose Eggs!
Save Big on Groceries

Homestead Livestock
Red Poll Cattle
Hardy and gentle Red Poll cattle produce enough beef and milk to work as dual-purpose homestead livestock.

Garden Know-How
Companion Planting With Vegetables and Flowers
The right crop combinations will save space and provide weed and pest control.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Clever Shed-to-Coop Conversion
Privy Smell Be Gone
From Trash to Rain Barrel Bounty
Beat Garden Slugs With Sandpaper
Poultry Predator Protection
Plantain: A Weed You Can Eat
Doggone Green Park
Crisco to the Rescue
Chickens Don’t Mind ‘Expired’ Food
Easy Seed Planting
Water Plants With Veggie Water

Ask Our Experts
Why Does This Rooster Want to Fight Me?
Leasing Solar Panels
Weed Watch: How to Kill Nutsedge
Do Those Fuel Additives Work?

Rancho Cappuccino
Fostering Community
What promiscuous nannies and protective cows can teach us about the spirit of community.