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People and profiles from rural America

My First MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair

I was excited to attend my first MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair with my husband. We both learned so much!

Many Hands Make Light Work

Here's a retelling of a homestead fable about sharing work and rewards equally.

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Late Bloomer

Arbor Day is the perfect time to plant new trees around your home.

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Jefferson's Vegetable Gardens at Monticello

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Amy GreeneLife in the Greene House
By Amy Greene

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4-CAR GARAGE WITH RV OR TRUCK STORAGE E-PLAN

  • Width: 47'-4" Depth: 52'-4"
  • Standard Foundation - Floating Slab
  • Building height - 20'
  • Roof pitch - 5/12
  • Ceiling heights -
  • First Floor - 9'
  • Lower Level - 17'-8"
  • Two 9' x 9' overhead doors
  • One 12' x 14' overhead door
  • One 18' x 8' overhead door
  • The upper portion of the garage is perfect for storing two cars in the front while the lower portion easily houses an additional two vehicles and an RV or truck with trailer in the rear
  • Complete list of materials

Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information:11.8MB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$250.00

BEAUTIFUL AND ABUNDANT

This groundbreaking book, by former MOTHER EARTH NEWS Publisher and Editorial Director Bryan Welch, cuts through the pessimism and denial that pervade today's discussions of sustainability and invites readers to visualize a verdant and prosperous future for humanity and all the living things that share our planet. As a practical guide, it offers a process for making our current lifestyles more sustainable and inspires us to look beyond the immediate obstacles to nurture the "destination fixation" that stimulates all of humanity's greatest achievements.

In the lives and accomplishments of farmers, gardeners, inventors and entrepreneurs, Beautiful and Abundant finds a path toward a world vision we can proudly pass on to future generations – a vision that is aesthetically beautiful, economically abundant, ethically fair and irresistibly contagious.

Humanity is at a turning point. Only one species in the universe can recognize its own impact on its habitat, so far as we know, and we are that species. In the early years of the 21st century we face the definitive human challenge – sustaining our quality of life on this miraculous, but finite sphere we call Earth.

Tragically, a lot of human energy is being squandered in conflict over short-term environmental obstacles. People debate symptoms and solutions but societies persistently fail to offer positive incentives for change. To harness the full power of human imagination and community initiative we need a positive vision for humanity's future. We need a believable collective vision for the beautiful, abundant planet where our grandchildren will live.

Read what people are saying:
"Beauty is the new black. Abundance – for all! – is our North Star. Bryan Welch is a businessman who serves beauty, a rancher who champions interdependence, and a leader who recognizes the sweet spot we're looking for is at the nexus of self-reliance and sustainability." – Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder, B Lab

"This is a book that invites us all to cut through the negativity of doomsday prophets and other 'progressive' thinkers. … Bryan Welch is a rare business leader who writes prose that is nuanced, eloquent and visionary. This luminous call to action will inspire you. … It happened to me." – Wanda Urbanska, author of The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life

About the author:
As a boy herding goats in rural New Mexico, Welch formed an intuition for the intricate and interdependent relationships among plants, animals and people. He's developed that intuition into the very model of a productive, balanced and sustainable life.

Before starting Ogden Publications (publishers of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader and other media brands) in 1996, Welch worked at newspapers in several states. He graduated from the University of Denver and holds a master's degree from Harvard University, where he studied media policy and management at the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School.

Welch serves on the board of directors of the MPA (Association of Magazine Media), the Social Venture Network and the Down Home Ranch Foundation. He and his wife, Carolyn, raise grass-fed cattle, sheep, goats and free-range chickens at the farm they call Rancho Cappuccino, which they also share with donkeys, dogs and the rogue mule, Zero.

$25.95

BLUE BIRD HOUSE E-PLAN

  • Size - 9" x 7" x 11 1/4"
  • Classic simple design
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

To help you create a classic, simple design, this Bluebird house e-plan comes with a complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions. Finished product size: 9-by-7-by-11.4 inches.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information: 121KB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$20.00

BUILDING OR RENOVATING A SMALL BARN FOR YOUR HORSE E-BOOK

Building a horse barn is quite a project — and there is a vast and varied array of plans and books available to help you. But renovating a shelter to make it fit for just one or two horses, or building a sturdy three-sided shelter, can be quite simple, even if you have only basic carpentry skills.


This e-handbook shows you what you need to know to properly construct horse housing. Chapters included are:


  • The Fundamentals of Building for Horses
  • Tips and Techniques for Remodeling
  • Building a Simple Run-in Shelter
  • Designing the Layout for a Small Barn Renovation
  • Roofing Your Horse Barn
  • Building a Stall
  • Providing Food and Water in the Barn
  • Finishes to Preserve Your Horse Shelter


Horses are adaptable creatures, but they are also large, strong, active, and playful. Having a sturdy shelter for them can give you peace of mind.


INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.


GRIT E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

$9.95