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
Labor as an Asset
Mother Earth News • THE ORIGINAL GUIDE TO LIVING WISELY
All Hands On Deck • When a ship has an emergency, the call for “all hands on deck” is put out. Today, with more and more scientists saying we no longer have a climate problem but a climate emergency, the call for all hands to be part of the solution is bringing people of all ages on deck.
Turning Up the Heat on Butterflies
Drones vs. Climate Change
How to Save Wildlife when Siting Wind Farms
Passive Solar Heat Even in Midwest Winters • Passive solar turned out to be the perfect option for regulating the temperature of this family’s country home.
Flying Solo: Solitary Bees for Your Backyard • Creating a home for the native bee populations in your area will support these important pollinators and boost the health of your plants.
Large-Animal Manure • Collect manure from local sources — such as farms, dairies, and even zoos—to transform this nutrient-rich material into compost your crops will love.
Naturally Sweet Recipes • Enhance the flavor of the season with these honey and maple syrup dishes.
Got Goat’s Milk? • Proper milking techniques can make the difference between a fridge full of chèvre and dismal dairy yields. Learn how to successfully hand-milk your goats and build a sturdy milking stand.
The Steaks Are High • Learn to process your own livestock so you can adapt to changing economic landscapes and gain a marketable skill for future farming endeavors.
Agroforestry for Your Property • Integrating trees into agricultural practices can improve your farm’s efficiency and soil quality.
Off-Grid Solar • Before you go off the grid, unplug your energy-wasting ways and establish sustainable habits that’ll help you live well through even the toughest conditions.
Self-Reliance Reimagined • Creative farming adaptations allow people of all abilities to work the land.
Homebrewed Kombucha Tea • Ferment your first batch of probiotic-packed kombucha with the help of a homebrew kit.
Woodstove Water Heater • Ditch nonrenewable water-heating systems and let your woodstove do the work instead.
Real Food & Cooking
Livestock, DIY & Prepper
Raise Sheep for Quality Wool • What are some ways to harvest highquality fleece from my sheep?
Close the Nutrient Loop with a Chipper-Shredder • What’s the best way to integrate organic matter into my garden and yard for a nutrient boost?
Blaze New Trails on a Rural Property • How can I create a trail on my property that’s useful and beautiful?
Transplanting Seedlings vs. Direct-Sowing in Garden
Photos from the Field