Sweet Beginnings, an urban apiary on an undeveloped strip of land near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, provides employment to former convicts and produces raw honey and a line of all-natural honey-based skincare products.
Learn fun facts about bees and their use in symbols and myths, and join the Great Bee Count to help save the disappearing bees.
Concerned about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's refusal to stop Monsanto? Here are four steps you can take now.
Herbalists can benefit greatly from tending a backyard beehive in their garden. Learn why every herbalist should consider keeping bees and how to go about it.
Light up the night on Valentine’s Day with eco-friendly soy and beeswax candles. These candles have fewer toxins and less soot, making them a healthier option for a green Valentine’s Day.
Beer brewed with herbs is a tasty alternative to traditional malts and hops.
Making beeswax candles is a fun and easy project, perfect for the holiday season.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explores a new concept in farmer's markets—a floating farmer's market in Seattle's South Lake Union area.
As farmers markets open across the country, here are 10 good reasons to get out and support your local farmers. (The freshest seasonal food is just a part of it.)
At Finca Luna Nueva in Costa Rica's southern Arenal district, guests get a true farm-to-table culinary and educational experience.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lip balm from Bubble and Bee Organic.
In North Carolina’s Triangle region, Crop Mob is reviving community farming.
One editor discovers mountain basil at her local Farmer's Market.
Bee balm tea is difficult to come across, but has an array of health benefits.
The Lemon Verbena Lady continues her search for more great herb catalogs and herb farms to visit either in person or online.
Rice Intensification uses less water and fewer seedlings to produce greater yields of rice, which helps both poor farmers and the environment.
Farmers in northern Michigan urge county officials to support hemp farming.
To protest the ban on hemp farming, six hemp activists symbolically planted hemp seeds on the lawn of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Grow mushrooms to help improve garden soil.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her love for beets and explains how to can and pickle beets so they can be enjoyed year-round.
A 30-acre organic and biodynamic farm is the beating heart of the thriving 1,000-acre Serenbe community near Atlanta. As more developers integrate agriculture into suburbia, the joys and benefits of farming are becoming available to everyone.
Honeybees are disappearing fast, and nobody really knows why. One way you can help yourself and the bees is to try the classic Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. Five percent of the sales from the balm will go to CCD research.
Red Roses by BeesWork is a natural lip balm and natural lip tint that gets its color from the alkanet root and its softness from rosehips and evening primrose oil.
Wabi-sabi is never slobby, but we can allow ourselves to stop trying so hard and just appreciate our warm bed at the end of the day—whether it’s made or not.
I've never thought of myself one to carry on the family tradition of farming - but now that I have the opportunity to raise chickens within city limits, I am going to give it a shot! Read about how I'm getting started in urban chicken farming. And please, send me suggestions!
In Oak Park, Michigan, a mother of six faces 93 days in jail for planting vegetables in her front yard. People across the country are rallying to her defense.
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
A country girl shares love under the stars.
Find inspiration from your local farmer’s markets and experiment with unique, fresh vegetables. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains her experience.
Guest blogger Rebecca Selove searches for the most energy-efficient lighting for her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse that she is building to LEED Platinum standards.
Beets are rich in minerals and B-vitamins. Make the most of them with this recipe for a Beet Salad with Goat Cheese.
Bake a delicious chocolate cake next time you throw a party. The secret ingredient? Beets!
Tips and techniques for proper burning and storage of beeswax candles
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove picks natural, native sandstone to use in her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse that she is building to LEED Platinum standards.
The Lemon Verbena Lady searches for herb farms across the United States that can be visited to buy herbs for spring herb gardens. Most of these herb farms are destinations you can enjoy with your family.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds even more great herb farms to buy herbs for your herb garden in this second installment of Herb Farms A-Z. Take an adventure to an herb farm near you. It will lift your herbal spirits!
One restaurant owner in Chicago relies on local farms for outstanding in-season herbs and other produce.
Honeydrop Beverages’ new “Buy a Bottle – Save a Bee” campaign will help save the threatened bee population, as a percentage of profits from every bottle sold will be donated to community beekeeper partners.
Muir Glen's beef short ribs recipe creates a tender, smoky and flavorful dish that will please a crowd.
A new study suggests that cell phone radiation may be to blame for the massive decline in the bee population.
Modern research suggests that beer, considered medicinal in many ancient cultures, may have some health benefits after all.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares a variety of organic beers and tips on how to green your beer drinking.
'Organic farmers have the right to raise our organic crops without the threat of invasion by Monsanto's genetic contamination and without harassment by a reckless polluter. Beginning today, America asserts her right to justice and pure food.'
Learn how to process sugar from sugar beets and make your own beet sugar body scrub.
A study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hopsital in Boston found that drinking one to two glasses of beer, wine or spirits a day can help women keep off extra weight.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove recounts the unexpected expenses she faced while building her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse. Selove is building her green dream home to LEED Platinum standards.
As the paper garden catalog is slowly sinking in the west, the Lemon Verbena Lady is searching out herb seed catalogs and websites offering the best seed catalogs and herb seeds of every kind. This is the first installment of several catalog and website postings.
Guest blogger Seleyn DeYarus takes a look at the fundamental differences between organic and conventional farming practices for insight into choosing healthier food.
Drinking beet juice increases blood flow to the brain, which can help prevent dementia.
Creamy, delicious Parsnip Flan with Roasted Beets takes advantage of the last of the stored winter vegetables. Pair it with fresh spring greens for a wonderful spring meal.
Using herbs and food to dye Easter eggs gives them beautiful, earthy color--without scary chemicals. And it's surprisingly easy.
Fresh, easy and festive, this Cranberry Orange Salsa recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Its crimson red color makes it a dazzling holiday appetizer!
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore grows Campari tomatoes in her Utah garden.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore harvests her first round of fresh spinach from the garden to bring to the dinner table.
Recognizing Spinach plants when they bolt and harvesting what is left that is useful.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore gets creative when the raised beds she orders for her garden are too deep.
After suffering second degree burns, one co-worker tries our favorite herbal salves and creams and experiences miraculous results.
Learn how to make your own delicious herb-infused honey from the book The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook (Quarry Books, 2009) by Kim Flottum.
Honeybees are the best of friends for blooming fruit trees flowers, and herbs, such as apricot, cherry, members of the daisy family, lavender, oregano and sage. We’ve known that bees
RSVP for the Bee-a-thon on July 16 to learn about the role of bees in our lives and what we can do about the challenges they face today.
Be smart about buying honey with our tips on what to look for.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove shares the lessons she learned building her now completed green home.
A typical Make-Your-Own Beeswax Candle Kit contains several sheets of honeycomb-printed Beeswax made in the United States, 100% cotton wicks and instructions; enough supplies to make at least 10-12 individual candles.
Jessy Rushing explores a fun, locally owned nursery called Diggin' It in Texas.
This seed company recycles magazines to package their organic and heirloom seeds.
Give the grocery store a rest and try some fresh local food options. Check out the nearest farmer's market, or look into joining a CSA.
Use nature’s own ingredients to add color and moisture to your lips with this homemade lip tint.
Try these healthy, delicious party foods to serve at this year's Super Bowl festivities.
Use leftover corned beef and Serata basil to make these Reuben Sandwiches.
A new report by the Environmental Working Group urges people to eat less meat and cheese to help reduce greenhouse gases.
The Environmental Working Group's 2011 Meat Eater's Guide ranks different animal and plant protein sources on their greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact.
Finca Luna Nueva in Costa Rica’s verdant San Carlos agricultural region is a dynamic, living example of permaculture and biodynamic farming, where every being is part of a system that nurtures the body and the soul.
Kriste Misiak and her family won our Ultimate Garden Giveaway, receiving farm equipment and tools for all of their farming needs.
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
Readers vote on whether they'd be most interested in learning to make hard cider, apple wine, mulled wine, ginger beer, eggnog or amaretto at home.
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
Try these three delicious, healthy recipes for a happy St. Patricks Day.
Learn how to make Irish Soda Bread, a staple of the Irish diet that dates back to the 1840s, with Yankee senior food editor, Annie Copps.
Natural Home guest blogger John Patrick explains why he and his wife, guest blogger Rebecca Selove, designed their sustainable Tennessee farmhouse for passive solar gain and a 5.17-kilowatt photovoltaic system. John and Rebecca are building their sustainable Tennessee farmhouse home to LEED Platinum standards.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace learns that FSC certification isn't just for green building supplies.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lip balm made from Earth Sisters Herbals. The natural lip balm is made from beeswax, shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin e and soy oil.
A new natural lip balm, Chicken Poop, makes its way onto my lips.
Widely-recognized candle maker Yankee Candle introduces an all-natural, 100 percent soy wax candle collection.
Make herbal salves and lip balms, condition leather, polish metal and create stunning works of art with beeswax.
Purchase beeswax, soap making and candle making supplies from GloryBee Foods' online store.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove explains why she and her husband, John, are aiming for LEED Platinum-certification for their rural Tennessee farmhouse.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her newfound love for farm-fresh eggs after experiencing rich, nutritious eggs at DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa, California.
Bee stings can cause pain and swelling. Treat your bee stings naturally with these home remedies.
Prevent and relieve poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites and bee stings with these herbs.
Dehydrated foods are high in nutrients and easy to transport and store, but buying them at the store can be costly. Investing in a food dehydrator can save you money, allowing you to make your own beef jerky, dried fruits and fruit leather at home.
Instead of buying your friends gifts for the holidays this year, save money and lighten your impact on the planet by making homemade gifts. These ideas will get you started.
Concerned about GMOs in your family's food? Take action.
Fearing a sugar shortage, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would defy a District Court judge's ban on Roundup Ready sugar beets.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore plants her vegetable seedlings.
Win sunflower seeds, attract pollinators and help bee populations in your area.
This Thanksgiving I am treating myself to a local, great tasting, eco-friendly turkey, thanks to my CSA farmer.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace introduces a green gardening series on Biodynamic farming based on her trip to DeLoach Vineyards in Sonoma, California. She details the meaning of Biodynamic farming and a field preparation called horn silica 501.
With all of the rain, the Lemon Verbena Lady has found the perfect time to prune the herbs in her herb garden.
Get inspired by these tips and make something useful out of your used glass instead of just recycling it. From wine bottles to baby food jars, you’ll find a repurposing project that suits your recycling bin.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove explains why she chose Southern Forest Initiative-certified wood for the framing lumber of her sustainable Tennessee home that she is building to LEED Platinum standards.
This bee-friendly body-care product from the Savannah Bee Company is a great winter product. Read on to learn why you should use the Royal Jelly Body Butter to moisturize and hydrate your skin.
Guest blogger Kathleen Gasperini shares one of the challenges of urban farming: traveling while the garden is ready to harvest!
In a Boulder, Colorado, neighborhood, residents are getting off the grass. They're donating their front yards to a community organization that grows enough fruits and vegetable on the former lawns to feed 50 families. Now, that's local food.
Guest blogger Kathleen Gasperini documents her journey to becoming a successful urban farmer in Los Angeles.
Jessica shares a vegetarian trend she's noticed everywhere lately: Pan-Fried Veggie Cakes!
Naturally cleanse your body with fruits, vegetables and other foods that fortify the liver, bind to toxins and help remove impurities from your body.
SunRidge Farms’ All-Natural Milk Chocolate Rainbow Drops feature natural premium quality chocolate and real vanilla in a pure cane sugar shell in seven beautiful colors, each of which is naturally derived from vegetable juice.
Beyond Organic Skincare Detoxifying Cleanser is best for dry skin because it is packed with uber-moisturizing ingredients.
As scandalous as it once seemed to be, the Hemp Lip Protector at The Body Shop isn't that crazy
Natural Home assistant editor reviews USDA-certified organic natural lip balm from Yes To Carrots.
Howard Naturals Leather Conditioning Cream is loaded with creamy, natural ingredients that made my dull boots instantly shine.
The path to a sustainable New York City will involve covering much of the urban space with food farms and gardens.
Guest blogger Lynn Schriner of Trolley Farms shares three light summer recipes for blender ice cream, a summer salad and gazpacho.
Sacred Seed Bread delivers the healing power of medicinal seeds in a delicious, homemade loaf.
Seattle leads the way in asking the federal government to implement a comprehensive, health-focused food system.
This is the first of a series of blogs about construction of a LEED Platinum-certified home on an organic farm in middle Tennessee.
Ann Harvey Yonkers, founder of Washington, D.C.'s FreshFarm Markets co-op, nests eggs in a bed of wilted fresh greens for a delicious meatless summertime brunch or dinner.
Inspired by back-to-the-landers Scott and Helen Nearing, Kate NaDeau grows her own food and enjoys the simple pleasures of seasonal living in her handbuilt stone cottage in Maine. She is the epitome of good wabi-sabi living.
Whether you are pruning, trimming or deadheading, early pruning is better for the lavender in your herb garden. Also, try my recipe for Lavender Lemonade.
Start decreasing your reliance on store-bought, pre-packaged foods by preserving produce at the peak of the season. Try this easy recipe for homemade sauerkraut and enjoy this season’s cabbage crop all year.
Packed with antioxidants and other important nutrients, beets offer a lot of benefits for our hearts, brain and overall health. Just check out these six health benefits of beets!
Leave your lips feeling luscious and quenched with this simple recipe for homemade lip balm.
The sweet smell and healing properties of bay, eucalyptus and ginger will make your sweetheart's Valentine's Day massage memorable.
Besides composting, eggshells have many great uses both in the garden and in the home. Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull details how to reuse eggshells.
During her afternoon walk, one blogger stumples upon a breathtaking plant with an ugly name that catches her eye with its unique beauty.
The Mother Earth Living editors pick their top five favorite natural lip balms.
DeLoach Vineyards winegrower Eric Pooler explains the camaraderie amongst Biodynamic prep stirrers.
Instead of eating it all now, learn how to pickle asparagus with this easy Spicy Pickled Asparagus recipe and save some for later in the season! Your future self will thank you.
People living near massive livestock operations may be at risk from the pollution they generate--which is higher in some cases than the nation's most polluted cities.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds herb garden design inspiration in Port Murray, New Jersey.
One herb lover gets a chance to write her very own blog for her favorite herb magazine, The Herb Companion.
Good for cleaning home and body, baking soda has many uses, from absorbing odors to keeping hair shiny and carpet fresh.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews an exotic-flavored natural lip balm from Bath By Bettijo.
One of my favorite spring herbs chives comes in several different varieties. The uses for making herbal vinegar and cooking with chives are explored in this post and lots of resources for mail ordering unusual herbs such as curly chives are given.
During farm tours at Finca Luna Nueva, an organic farm and resort in Costa Rica,, guests learn about the biodynamic preparations and compost that feed the vibrant, tasty produce they eat for dinner. The resort is connecting tourists to their food.
The Lemon Verbena Lady spends time with Jekka McVicar, the "Queen of Herbs," and shows her the sights of Pittsburgh with herb gardens, both public and private, a retail experience and a delicious lunch cooked with fresh herbs and ingredients.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace feeds her addiction to lip balm and reviews Shea Terra Organics Menthe Orange Organic Shea Lip Butter.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Prairie Essence Herbal Garden Lip Balm, a natural lip balm made from a blend of rosemary and herb essential oils.
Lemon Verbena Lady is anxious to get planting new herbs in her herb garden. She explores the wonderful world of herb plant catalogs both in print and online in three installments because there is just so much herbal information to pass along!