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Build Your Debt-Free Dream Home
Readers share how they paired patience with resourcefulness to craft their ideal abodes without going into debt.


Grow Food in Drought and Heat
These water-saving strategies, along with dozens of recommended short-season annual crop varieties, can keep your garden thriving as the climate heats up.

Hidden Downsides of the Green Revolution
Since the mid-20th century, industrial agriculture has been producing more calories than ever, but the resulting nutrient-poor diet is causing widespread disease.

Farming Free: An Interview With Vandana Shiva
A global activist speaks out about GMOs and the misconduct of industrial agriculture.

Try a Flexitarian Diet for Better Health and a Better Food Budget
Choose to eat less meat — and meat from grass-fed animals when you do — to improve your health, animal welfare and the environment.

DIY Horse-Drawn Wagon Is a Ready-to-Roll Bakery Cart
A different kind of horse power trotted into a Vermont town when a local baker built his own delivery wagon.

Renewable Energy Options for Your Homestead
These tools can reduce your dependence on fossil fuels.

Gardeners’ Glossary of Pest Control Solutions
Keep bad bugs at bay by using protective covers, handpicking, attracting beneficial insects, and applying short-lived organic insecticides only if necessary.

The Best-Ever DIY Solar Food Dehydrator
Pull the plug on grid-dependent food preservation with this super-efficient unit.


Preserve Now, Savor Later
Pick for Peak Flavor
Learn, Share Self-Reliance
Simple Summer Fruit Recipes
The Art of Building With Stone

News From MOTHER
We Get What We Pay For

Reader letters about threshing wheat, saving money on groceries, clay soil, hunting and self-sufficiency, walk-behind haymaking equipment, childfree living, and more.

Green Gazette
Pesticides and Children: Why Kids and Expectant Mothers Are Urged to Eat Organic
Pasture Management and Carbon Sequestration: Healthy, Diverse Pastures Are Natural ‘Carbon Sinks’
Got Organic Milk?
New Rogue Hoe
Hispanic Access Foundation
On Living Forever

The Gardener’s Table
How to Grow and Cook Summer Squash
Sautéed Squash Slices With Sage Recipe
Stuffed Zucchini Cups Recipe
Zucchini Soup With Blossom Ribbons Recipe

The Pitchfork Pulpit
Small Steps Can Change Our World
Take a cue from a 7-year-old: Sometimes simple actions are all it takes to make a difference.

Ask Our Experts
Choose the Best Chicken Feed
What to Do With Garlic Scapes
Find Sustainably Harvested Wood
Ditch the Itch: Get Rid of Poison Ivy Plants

Garden Know-How
Best Garden Tools for Big Plots and Large Harvests
Learn the pros and cons of the implements you need to successfully — and affordably — manage large-scale food production.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Rammed Earth Garden Beds
Easy-Open Gate Latch
Mulch Mania
Pilot Light Projects
Listerine Bug Repellent
Tea Time for Seedlings
Wrangle Your Wigglers
Surprising Critter Comrades
Nontoxic Drain Cleaner
Glazed Zucchini Cake With Blueberries
Homemade Herb Shaker
Protect Yourself From Ticks

Jacques Cousteau