magazine February/March 2021 · MOTHER EARTH NEWS

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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

Unexpected Visitors



Urban Tree Nursery Project • An early nickname for the city of Savannah, Georgia, was “the Forest City.” It’s known for its ample oak trees, which shade city streets and provide environmental resilience. But in recent years, these trees have been suffering damage and dwindling because of city development and an increase in intense storm events. This damage costs the city millions in debris removal and environmental degradation, and the species that have long stood tall in Savannah are diminished.

A Garden with Altitude • When wildlife ruined this family’s attempts at growing vegetables, they elevated their efforts — literally.

Virginia Free Farm Cultivating Food Justice • A desire to provide free, nutritious food to those in need keeps this farm growing for the good of the community.

My Tiny House Life • An early adopter shares her wisdom for living well while living small.

Site a Hoop House for Succes • With the right research and construction choices, a hoop house can provide your crops with sturdy protection and a longer growing season.

Grist for Your Mill Heirloom Wheat • Growing and grinding your own grain may be the best thing since sliced bread.

Certified Naturally Grown • This national standard of excellence for apiaries and fungi farms endorses hives and products free of pesticides and genetic modification.

Portable Poultry • Take advantage of your flock’s natural foraging habits and put your chickens to work.

Sippable Sunshine Make Dandelion Wine • Though it may take some time and patience to create, dandelion wine’s delicious results are well worth the work.

Put Up a Potting Shed • Construct a sturdy shed with ample space to store your gardening gear and work on projects.

Populate Your Property with Pomegranates • This tasty fruit has powerful medicinal qualities and is easy to grow, whether in home gardens or market farms.

Hydrosols Where Aromatherapy and Herbalism Meet • Use homegrown plants and a simple stovetop method to make steam-distilled aromatic waters that can be used for cooking, healing, and cleaning.

Bite into Edible Bark • Take to the trees to find a source of nutritious and flavorful food that can be foraged year-round.

Backyard Tobacco • Take the taboo out of growing tobacco, and consider its lesser-known but far-reaching beneficial uses.

Build Reusable Seed Flats • Use handmade wooden flats to grow sturdy seedlings year after year.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR • Working Together to Create Sustainable Life

How to Propagate Willow Shrubs


Real Food & Cooking

DIY & Herbal Health

Homesteading & Prepper

Plant Windbreaks for Biodiverse, Multilayered Protection • Can I plant trees to protect my property from strong storms?

Better Rechargeable Batteries for Powering Electronic Devices • A lot of my devices are powered by batteries. Which rechargeable options should I use to reduce waste?

Grow Your Own Kombucha SCOBY • I often buy pricey kombucha from the store. Can I use one of the storebought bottles to make my own?

Photos from the Field