MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine is the Original Guide to Living Wisely. Launched in 1970, each bimonthly issue features practical and money-saving information on cutting energy costs; using renewable energy; organic gardening; green home building and remodeling; fun do-it-yourself projects; and conscientious, self-sufficient lifestyles
A Bit of Preparedness
Mother Earth News
New National Park and Preserve • In December 2020, America’s 63rd National Park was designated in West Virginia, the state’s first. Named the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, it spans 70,000 acres of land along the New River between the towns of Hinton and Fayetteville. The park’s updated status was part of an omnibus spending bill signed into law in late 2020, and Senator Shelley Moore Capito has touted the park as a win for West Virginia.
America’s Diverse Family Farms Report
Sweet Potato Biodiversity for Climate Resilience
Native Plant Trust Online Courses
Small Farm, Big Impact
My Natural Building Journey • After spending years learning about construction and natural homes, this builder put that training into practice to construct a straw bale guest house.
Comparing Heritage Chicken Breeds • Reap the rewards of new research that compares heritage and commercial chicken breeds, and reveals how to effectively use heritage breeds for small-scale meat production.
Challenges with Cultivars • The long-running native plant cultivar debate stems from concern about their ecological functionality and possible environmental consequences.
‘Nativars’: A New Name for Native Plant Cultivars
Bloomington Community Orchard Prosperity for the Commons • An orchard available to all is setting the standard for community resource sharing.
8 Principles for Managing a Community Orchard
Grow Your Own Supply of Sponges • With one seed packet and a little know-how, you can easily grow nontoxic, compostable luffa sponges.
Build a Copper Trellis • Striking and functional, this DIY trellis will add an artistic flair to your garden while supporting your plants that like to climb.
DIY Projects for Functional, Fabulous Gardens
How to Make Homemade Mozzarella Cheese • Make the perfect cheese for your next pizza night.
Small-Batch Barley • Homebrewers and grain gurus alike will benefit from planting this low-maintenance crop.
Malting Barley for Brewing
Vermicomposting Basics • Add worms to your composting process to form a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden.
Build a Bee Vacuum • This nuc vac makes capturing swarms a simple and efficient task.
Wildcrafted Lilac Vinegar • By capturing wild yeasts from blossoms and plants, you can harness the power of microbes to create this flavorful condiment in your home kitchen.
Lilac Vinegar Recipe
Flower Power: Wild-Fermented Floral Vinegars
Animals on the Farm A Holistic Approach • Small farmers across the globe are developing creative ways of integrating livestock into their agricultural operations.
Multipurpose Pig Tiller • Build a mobile pig tractor, and then swap parts in and out to fit your needs — it can become a chicken coop, garden low tunnel, and more.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR • Working Together to Create a Sustainable Life
Real Food & Cooking
DIY & Herbal Health
Homesteading & Livestock
Grow Sprouts for Year-Round Freshness • I sprout fodder for my livestock; can I also grow sprouts for myself?
Waste-Free Alternatives for Household Items • What steps can I take to reduce the amount of trash my household produces?