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Portable Poultry
Permanent chicken houses and fenced runs are wonderful if you have the space and the means to keep them clean, compost the litter, and spread it around. However, if you want your chickens to be productive workers in your yard and garden, you might wa
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Grow Your Own Kombucha SCOBY
Kombucha has been around a long time, but it’s recently become a household name — and gotten expensive. Luckily, you can make your own from store-bought versions. Here’s how I grow a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), or “mother.” • 1 c
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Sippable Sunshine Make Dandelion Wine
Twelve years ago this spring, my husband and I made a 5-gallon batch of dandelion wine on our first date. Creating dandelion wine requires commitment, you see. While you can pick enough dandelions for a good-sized batch in about 20 minutes, it takes
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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 ( We’ll feature our f
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Put Up a Potting Shed
Ask a dozen shed owners what they keep in their sheds, and you’ll probably get a dozen different answers. But a shed doesn’t have to be a catchall for storing extra household items. It can have a special use and provide a pleasant space in which to w
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Populate Your Property with Pomegranates
The best way to appreciate the berry some cultures call “the fruit of paradise” is to taste it. With up to 83 aromatic notes, pomegranate’s flavor profile combines the syrupy sweetness of Concord grapes, the refreshing astringency of cranberries, and
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Hydrosols Where Aromatherapy and Herbalism Meet
Hydrosols are making a comeback, and for good reason. Safer and more sustainable than essential oils, more potent than herbal teas, and easy to make at home, these steam-distilled aromatic waters offer a nearly unlimited number of benefits and uses.
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Build Reusable Seed Flats
When I start seeds, I use plastic plug flats, pots, and trays of cell packs, but I also like to use my homemade wooden flats, because they allow me to grow big, sturdy plants, and I can reuse them year after year. Wooden seed flats are a good way to
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Unexpected Visitors
I can still remember the first time I witnessed a flight of sandhill cranes cruising high over my place in east-central South Dakota in fall. I first heard their “cronking” chatter and thought, those are odd-sounding geese. When I was finally able to
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Mother Earth News Fair
Mastering the money-saving art of sustainable living has never been easier! other Earth News Fair Online is a learning platform that continues to bring educational content to you, with new courses added monthly. Th ere are many rewarding aspects of p
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Urban Tree Nursery Project
In 2018, Savannah received a two-year grant that would allow for “equitable solutions to local climate change challenges.” Nick Deffley, the city’s environmental services and sustainability director, says recipients of the grant were required to miti
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Bite into Edible Bark
At first glance, bark might seem like something you’d only want to eat in a survival situation. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll see that bark can be both nutritious and tasty. It can also be foraged any time of year, even in regions with harsh
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A Garden with Altitude
I’ve always loved gardening. I grew up in a suburb of New York City, where I helped my family garden. So when my husband and I moved our family farther upstate, I looked forward to big, beautiful gardens on our 1-acre lot. What I got instead was an i
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Backyard Tobacco
When we first started growing tobacco, we were afraid of what others might think. However, we knew we wouldn’t be selling it for smoking purposes, and homegrown tobacco is a versatile product. It can add wonderful flavor to your dishes when you bake
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How to Propagate Willow Shrubs
Late winter is when most gardeners’ green thumbs begin to itch, and the need to work in the garden is hard to resist. One task that’s perfect for this time of year is propagating shrubs and trees. Last year, I decided to add a few more American pussy
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I was recently given an old family photo. When one of your subscribers saw it, she said it looked like a MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine cover. I don’t know about that, but I decided to let you know what a big part your magazine played in my family’s life
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The Mt. Rainier Gardenhouse models are the perfect solution to year-round gardening! Narrow enough to fit in a limited space, each kit is made with a clear natural redwood frame, twin wall polycarbonate and includes four vents with automatic vent ope
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Virginia Free Farm Cultivating Food Justice
If you come to Virginia Free Farm at Spotted Pig Holler, you’ll find many of the typical features of an average American farm. You’ll see chickens pecking away, diligently fertilizing the grounds in preparation for subsequent growing seasons. Ducks a
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Real Food & Cooking
Get a premium grind in half the time with the .35-horsepower #5 Big Bite Meat Grinder! With a large meat pan (measuring 11-1/4 by 9-1/8 by 2-1/4 inches deep), a rifled head (for easier second grind), all metal gears, and the ability to grind 4 pounds
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My Tiny House Life
The tiny house movement is currently being driven by demographics. In 1960, the American dream house was a three-bedroom, two-bath, two-car garage to accommodate a married couple with children. More than half a century later, the number of singlepers
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DIY & Herbal Health
MOTHER EARTH NEWS COLLECTOR SERIES: GUIDE TO SUPER HERBS Inside this guide readers will learn how to grow and preserve their herbs through drying, which houseplants double as medicinal sources, how honey can improve their overall health, and more tha
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Site a Hoop House for Succes
Hoop houses (also known as “high tunnels”) are plastic-covered hooped frames tall enough to walk under that are used to extend the growing seasons of vegetables, flowers, and fruit. They’re also called “unheated greenhouses,” “polytunnels,” and “cold
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Homesteading & Prepper
BEST SELLER Dave Black describes alternatives for eco-pimping your home and lifestyle for independence, economy, and a more integrated way of life. Equally valuable for the urban dweller vaguely concerned about the size of his or her carbon footprint
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Grist for Your Mill Heirloom Wheat
Wheat is the most widely cultivated crop in the world. Easy to grow, this grain is sown from the tropics to the Arctic Circle, and has been an important human food source for at least 10,000 years. Historically, wheat fields often contained multiple
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Plant Windbreaks for Biodiverse, Multilayered Protection
If you follow simple landscaping guidelines, you can provide additional protection to your home landscape and lower the risk of damage to your property. Biodiverse layers create water and air filtration, help control snow drifts, provide food and she
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Certified Naturally Grown
A Seal of Approval for Beekeepers and Mushroom Growers Since 2002, the Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) organization has offered certification for farmers and beekeepers who use natural methods to grow food for their local communities. CNG’s peer-revi
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Better Rechargeable Batteries for Powering Electronic Devices
About 3 billion batteries are thrown away every year in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, with the majority of them ending up in landfills. Single-use alkaline batteries account for about 86,000 tons of waste every
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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
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