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first soap batch and mistake

Years ago, when Andy and I first met he asked me if I wanted to see his soap. This was after he showed me his bee hives, garden and chicken coop. 646 more words

Refining Domesticity

Ducks, Drought, and Dawn

Last year I became an “exempt poultry processor” which meant I could slaughter and sell up to 1000 ducks per year on my property with twice annual inspections and water tests. 1,112 more words

Eco-Saturday: A visit with an old friend

I got word a while back that The Mother Earth News had updated their excellent book The Mother Earth News Almanac, originally published in 1973. 421 more words


Mother Earth News Fair, PA

After a short road trip to D.C. and a few stops at farms in Pennsylvania, my boyfriend and I made it to our weekend destination of Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennyslvania for the… 465 more words


'Our Modern Ailment'

For over a hundred years, Western writers have bemoaned a condition they have called various things, perhaps most often ‘our modern ailment.’ As we export modern, Western life to the rest of the world,  people working in international development have been wrestling with this for the last 50 years, as well. 378 more words

Everything Else

Reporting: Mother Earth News Fair 2016

On July 9th, I attended the second Mother Earth News Fair held in West Bend WI, an event a friend suggested I visit.

Not having attended the previous year, I didn’t know what to expect when I drove up to the Washington County Fairgrounds. 1,337 more words

Farming The Dream

My first Blog Post for Mother Earth News!

I am so excited to announce that I have joined the Mother Earth News Blog Squad and will be publishing occasional content to their site! My first post is up and live on the site right now: 77 more words