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Lightening the Load
I admit it: I cause a bit of chaos for myself by not returning tools to their rightful place immediately after using them, and I have a tough time tossing stuff that really should be tossed, or at the very least “might be useful in some future projec
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Save Your Back While You Heat with Wood
Wood heat provided through a high-efficiency stove is a great, low-impact, and renewable way to warm your home during winter, and it can be virtually free of expense except for a few tools and a lot of labor. I’ve heated our house exclusively with wo
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Righteous Recycling
Every other Monday, I wheel a 64-gallon jumbled mess of milk jugs, shredded paper, and refried bean cans to the curb — then righteously rub my hands together, knowing I’ve done my part to save the planet. An A+ performance. I know the contents of my
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Editors’ Pick
I’m writing to you from my farm in South Africa. We don’t have many books or magazines for the homesteader who wants to live more sustainably, so I’ve resorted to modifying the American way to suit the African one. To this end, and besides the mounta
MOTHER EARTH NEWS6 min lettiMedical
Give Birth on Your Own Turf
Deciding where your baby will be born can have a lasting impact that reaches far beyond the experience of a single day. For Ginny Yurich’s family, a home birth changed the trajectory of their lives. Recently, they moved to a 14-acre farm, where they
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Dear MOTHER
I’m writing in response to Hank’s “News from MOTHER” editorial (“Roots Reconnected” February/March 2020). I first must tell you how excited I get whenever I receive a new issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS! My parents used to give me their old issues, and I
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Modern Trade Routes
As kids, we all learned in school about the ancient trade routes used to move spices, tea, and other commodities around the world. The most well-known was the Silk Road, of course, but it was the maritime spice routes that brought explorers around th
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Environmental Justice in Arlington, Texas
After recent racial justice uprisings across the United States, legislative leaders have been pressured to address the racism built into their locales’ actions and infrastructures — and for Arlington, Texas, that meant examining the effect a fracking
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Build a Thermosiphon Solar-Heated Shower System
A few years back, a friend donated a Sunvelope solar water-heating panel to us. We were getting ready to expand our greenhouse, so the timing was perfect to incorporate an outdoor solar-heated shower. The system is pretty basic. We mounted the solar
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Embracing Change
If you had told me even five years ago that my husband, Brett, and I would live in the country, raise hens and pigs, tend a 2,000-square-foot garden, build outdoor structures, get excited about worms, host a women’s homesteading group, can our own fo
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In Cool Flowers, Lisa Zeigler introduces us to the best growing techniques for annual flowers. Plant them in the right spot at the right time, nestle their roots deep into rich organic soil, and stand back. In no time at all, you’ll have a low-mainte
MOTHER EARTH NEWS2 min lettiCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Them That’s Doin’
There I was, facing hip surgery, right at the beginning of the growing season. I knew the surgery wouldn’t take place until summer, but my motion was already somewhat limited, and I realized that bending over raised beds wasn’t going to happen for me
MOTHER EARTH NEWS10 min lettiCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Make a Homestead Emergency Book
You can plan for a trip to ensure everything goes smoothly, but what about when the unexpected suddenly pulls you off your property: mandatory evacuation orders, natural disaster, or hospitalization? You might find a farm-sitter on short notice, but
MOTHER EARTH NEWS7 min lettiRegional & Ethnic
Chili More American than Apple Pie
“As American as apple pie” is an interesting phrase when you consider that apples, pie, and the combination of the two originated in Central Asia, Egypt, and England, respectively. And it’s not as if there aren’t plenty of foods that did originate in
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Basic Tractor Maintenance
When it comes to self-sufficiency, the more you can do for yourself, the more time and money you’ll save. This is especially true for maintaining your property’s equipment and machinery. Because the tractor is a heavily used piece of machinery, it’s
MOTHER EARTH NEWS6 min lettiCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Championing Change In A Fight For Food Access
About two years ago, I founded the Pinehurst Farmers Market in Columbia, South Carolina, when I saw that both grocery stores within walking distance of the Pinehurst neighborhood had closed suddenly. I realized that a food apartheid situation had bee
MOTHER EARTH NEWS2 min lettiMedical
19 Essential Oils for Beginners
You can start with aromatherapy, which both is and isn’t herbalism. It is, because aromatherapy is used by many herbalists to complement an herbal regimen, or, in many cases, to complete it. It isn’t, because they’re different disciplines using botan
MOTHER EARTH NEWS6 min lettiCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Pumpkin Cornbread with a French Twist
I first made this bread for Thanksgiving about 40 years ago, and I’ve been making it for that holiday ever since. This bread captured my imagination from the first loaf, because it’s delicious, beautiful, and different. Lighter and moister than most
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Is This Breed a Livestock Guardian Dog?
Livestock guardian dogs, or LGDs, are a collection of similar dog breeds that, just like herding dogs or hunting dogs, form a distinct group. Being an LGD isn’t a role you can train any other breed to perform. Developed over centuries by working shep
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In From The Cold
As you look out on a cold winter’s day at a herd of cattle with snow piled on their backs, you might be tempted to move them into a nice, airtight barn. Don’t fall for it. Those animals have adapted to withstand some pretty extreme weather. However,
MOTHER EARTH NEWS1 min lettiInternet & Web
Photos From The Field
Share your unique perspective with our community by submitting photos of inviting gardens, nutritious foods, wild animals, and more to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Photo Group on Flickr (www.Flickr.com/Groups/MotherEarthNewsPhotos/Pool). We’ll feature our f
MOTHER EARTH NEWS8 min lettiCookbooks, Food, & Wine
All About Yogurt
It’s hard to think of a food that’s gone through as many reinventions as yogurt. In the 1960s and ’70s, it was “hippie food.” In the Middle East and much of Asia, it’s long been a staple linked to health and longevity. Thousands of years ago, it was
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MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR 2020-2021 Update
We’ve introduced a new online learning platform that continues to bring the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR to you with new courses and webinars added monthly! There are many rewarding aspects of producing the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR. We meet and learn from th
MOTHER EARTH NEWS7 min lettiAgriculture
Profitable, Small-Scale Flower Farming
This article was originally published in the Summer 2017 issue of Heirloom Gardener. Revenue information was current at the time of publication, but may have changed during the intervening years. When Lynn Byczynski first authored an article on flowe
MOTHER EARTH NEWS7 min lettiCookbooks, Food, & Wine
How to Make Delicious Poultry Sausage
You’ve braised, grilled, fried, spatchcocked, and stuffed. Why not try your hand at poultry sausage? In the modern kitchen, whole birds rule the day, giving families multiple meals from one purchase. Sausage from chicken, duck, or other fowl is easy
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Trap Wild Pigs for the Table
Industrial pork producers have profited from a catchphrase that for years predicated every piece of their advertising, from print to television: “Pork. The other white meat.” And, for once, the advertising bared the truth. The food industry’s pork ta
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MOTHER EARTH NEWS8 min lettiFinance & Money Management
Start a Small Business in 6 Steps
I know more dedicated homesteaders and holiday bakers turned entrepreneurs than I do folks who set out to open a thriving business from the get-go. But when you ask these unsuspecting professionals when that transformation happened, the answer is rar
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