Turn your dreams of country living into a reality! The MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills offers more than 100 pages of beneficial articles that will assist anyone wanting to live a more self-sufficient life. Nothing compares to the feeling of enjoying a meal that was raised and grown on your own land … no matter if it’s just the delicious preserves from your garden or the entire feast. This guide also features great articles on the best staple crops for building food self-sufficiency; simple seed starting; and small-space gardening! You can even learn how to brew your own beer! More articles include: • 27 All-Time Best Tips for Living on Less: Mother Earth News readers share their tips for wiser living. • Start a Self-Sufficient, 1-Acre Homestead: Live off the land with these strategies for establishing self-sufficient food production, including advice on crop rotations and raising livestock. • Cast No Aspersions on Cast Iron: Learn how to use old-fashioned cookware to its greatest advantage. • The No-Mortgage Natural Cottage: From treehouses to tiny homes on wheels, a no-mortgage shelter can help you eschew expensive rent and debt. • Want Milk? Get Goats: Dairy goats can supply your family with milk inexpensively. • Make Your Own Herbal Medicine: To find ingredients for many basic herbal remedies, you often need to look no further than your own backyard.
Sometimes, it can seem like projects on the homestead never end. From taking care of animals to fixing farm equipment, you never know what might pop up next. But with the projects found in Mother Earth News Premium: Homestead DIY Projects, 4th Edition, you’ll be prepared to handle whatever comes your way … and you’ll even have a little fun with it!
Create a backyard oasis by repurposing wood pallets into furniture; learn how to grow more food by building your own hoop house; feed your animals by making your own hay; and give your land a little spunk by adding a classic homestead outhouse or a unique cob cabin. From the inside of your house to the outside, the projects packed into this special issue will keep your homestead looking good and running smoothly.
Other articles include:
• Do-It-Yourself Porch Swing: Everyone needs a comfy spot to relax and sip some iced tea, and this plan works even if you don’t have a porch.
• Zero-Waste Living: Find more than 20 easy, economical ideas to minimize or eliminate landfill-bound trash in every room of your home.
• Fall Garden Medicine Chest: Harvest and preserve these six multipurpose plants now for maximum wintertime health.
• And more!
Learn how to put extra food to good use, save on energy costs, make your own gas, and more with the Mother Earth News Premium Issue: Living on Less. Whether you’ve been trying to save money for a while or just want to live a simpler lifestyle, this special issue is packed with everything you need to get started on cutting your costs and saving money.
Read all about planning a garden, community reliance, or saving money on groceries. Learn how to raise chickens for meat, maximize space in your garden, or build your own wind generator. Plus, get tips on how to grow vegetables all year long!
Living self-sufficiently is hard work, but it is also extremely rewarding. The Mother Earth News Premium: Self-Sufficient Living, 4th Edition is a wealth of information, techniques, and projects that will help you reap a nice reward.
Make the most of the fall season with the help this guide offers! You will find out how to grow your best fall garden, taking advantage of the cooler temperatures that will make your vegetables taste crisp and sweet. If you protect your vegetables, you can continue harvesting fresh, crisp produce through several fall and winter months! Speaking of cooler temperatures, choose the best wood-burning stove for your home with the expert advice contained in this guide, and find the best firewood types for your needs! Other articles include: • Eight easy projects for instant energy savings – Implement these inexpensive strategies to reduce your carbon footprint and slash your energy bills. • Choose Fermented foods for health and flavor – Humans have used fermentation for centuries to preserve food. Today, we know that fermentation also makes some foods more nutritious. • Outdoor root cellars – Try these five ways to store fresh food for winter right in your garden. • Brew your own beer – Home brewing is kettles of fun, and it’s the perfect way to make your own uniquely flavored, affordable drinks. • Sweet cider roundup – Make delicious cider with this advice on the best apples and how to press them. • Emergency power options – With the right generator, you’ll be prepared when storms or blackouts leave you without electricity.
The Mother Earth NewsWiser Living Series Summer on the Homestead covers everything you need to know to make your summer on the homestead great. This issue will motivate you to embrace the do-it-yourself lifestyle by showing you how to build your own wind generator or create a solar-powered electric fence.
Jessi Bloom, the bestselling author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens and an ecological landscape designer, and permaculture expert Dave Boehnlein explain the basic principles and ethics of permaculture, show the entire design process from land assessment to the completed master plan, and offer detailed information on the plants, water, waste, energy, shelter, food, animals, and structures that make up the garden.
At the center of every beehive is the queen been. Can you find her?
This fun and informational book includes 48 search-and-find challenges that will improve any bee enthusiast’s queen spotting ability.
Though she rarely leaves the hive, the queen bee’s days are marked by dramatic events, from battles for dominance in the virgin death match to aerial romance in a cloud of drones.
Follow urban beekeeper and swarm catcher Hilary Kearney on a trip deep inside the golden, fragrant, buzzing hive for a vivid exploration of the queen bee’s fascinating life and domain.
Take the queen spotting challenge! Can you find the Queen?
Worried about ever-rising fuel bills and longing for the day when you can be off-grid and independent? Anxious about the quality of the food you eat and planning to go organic? Yearning to get back to the way it was but don't know where to start? This book will show you how to achieve the eco-friendly good life. The authors cover the ecological gamut from geothermal heating to crop rotation to soap making. They answer important questions like how much land is really needed to be self-sufficient, whether or not to depend entirely on natural forms of energy, and which farm animals will best meet your needs. There’s practical information here on building an insulated flue pipe chimney, identifying edible wild plants, and composting with worms?as well as recipes for jams, rhubarb wine, cheeses, and more. Packed with full-color photographs, helpful illustrations, and diagrams, Self-Sufficiency Handbook will appeal to urban dwellers who want to adopt certain aspects of greener living and to serious adherents of back-to-basics living.
The concept of silvopasture challenges our notions of both modern agriculture and land use. For centuries, European settlers of North America have engaged in practices that separate the field from the forest, and even the food from the animal. Silvopasture systems integrate trees, animals, and forages in a whole-system approach that offers a number of benefits to the farmer and the environment. Such a system not only offers the promise of ecological regeneration of the land, but also an economical livelihood and even the ability to farm extensively while buffering the effects of a changing climate: increased rainfall, longer droughts, and more intense storm events.
Silvopasture, however, involves more than just allowing animals into the woodlot. It is intentional, steeped in careful observation skills and flexible to the dynamics of such a complex ecology. It requires a farmer who understands grassland ecology, forestry, and animal husbandry. The farmer needn’t be an expert in all of these disciplines, but familiar enough with them to make decisions on a wide variety of time scales. A silvopasture system will inevitably look different from year to year, and careful design coupled with creativity and visioning for the future are all part of the equation.
This book features homes that are larger than “tiny,” but smaller than the national average. Small homes are less expensive, use less resources, are more efficient to heat and cool, and cheaper to maintain and repair. The homes here (some 65 of them) vary from unique and artistic to simple and low-cost. Some are plain, ordinary buildings that provide owners shelter at a reasonable cost, and some are inspiring examples of design, carpentry, craftsmanship, imagination, creativity, and homemaking.
This book represents a logical step for Shelter Publications, after their two previous books on tiny homes. (By way of comparison, homes in their Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, averaged 200 to 300 square feet.)