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NATIONAL MAGAZINE Names 2014 Homesteaders of the Year

NATIONAL MAGAZINE Names 2014 Homesteaders of the Year

Mother Earth News Honors Three Families Who “Live the DIY Life”

TOPEKA, Kan. (July 10, 2014)Mother Earth News, the longest-running publication dedicated to sustainable lifestyles, today names its 2014 Homesteaders of the Year. The magazine profiles each family in its August-September issue, on newsstands July 22.

The 2014 Homesteaders of the Year are:

  • Andrew and Leslie Gibbons live debt-free on 100 acres in Elkport, Iowa, much of which they converted into native prairie and forest. The Gibbons built their own home and added a room addition, two garages, an art studio, a guest house and an outhouse using lumber from their property and salvaged materials. They heat using a woodstove fueled by wood they cut on their land, forgo air conditioning, and grow 25 percent of their food.
  • Glenn Maresca and Kelly McCormick grow 80 percent of their food on a 5-acre farm in Duette, Florida. They maintain a 60-foot garden and tropical fruit trees, and raise poultry, cows and bees. The couple built their 1,500-square-foot home using energy-saving materials. They crafted a cowshed and various poultry coops and pens using salvaged and repurposed materials and hand tools.
  • Jeremiah and Sarah Sailer of Loveland, Colorado, homestead with their four daughters on one-fifth of an acre. They have a greenhouse and grow a vegetable garden twice the square footage of their home, plus raise meat rabbits and chickens. The Sailers built the animal housing and greenhouse and renovated their house using repurposed and salvaged materials, plus they make their own cleaners and hygiene products.


“Many people are frustrated with modern lifestyles that promote away-from-home day jobs and overconsumption. This year’s Homesteaders of the Year have carved out their own version of the ‘good life’ in order to do more for themselves and have a simple yet fulfilling lifestyle,” says Jennifer Kongs, managing editor of Mother Earth News.  

Mother Earth News sought Homesteaders of the Year nominations from its readers, online audience and through social media, with a focus on stories about do-it-yourself projects. Each winner’s profile illustrates a different way to live a satisfyingly simple, self-reliant lifestyle.

Each Homesteader of the Year wins a selection of books from Storey Publishing, a speaking slot and tickets to attend a Mother Earth News Fair, T-shirts, and a lifetime subscription to Mother Earth News.

The Homesteaders of the Year award kicks off International Homesteading Education Month in September. Mother Earth News and Grit magazines sponsor this celebration of modern homesteading. They have created an online hub where anyone can register tours, workshops, open houses or other events, and both titles will promote Homesteading Education Month throughout the summer. Individuals, organizations and companies offering products for self-reliant living are invited to participate — both by signing up to host an event and by using the online listings to find events to attend. Current and would-be homesteaders can also enter the 2014 Homesteader Giveaway.

Mother Earth News is accepting nominations for the 2015 Homesteaders of the Year. Nominations with at least 500 words and three photos should be sent to with the subject line “Homesteader of the Year.”

NOTE: Photos are available upon request.

About Mother Earth News

Mother Earth News ( is the Original Guide to Living Wisely. Launched in 1970, each bimonthly issue of Mother Earth News features practical and money-saving information on organic gardening, cooking and food preservation, natural health, do-it-yourself projects, renewable energy, and all aspects of rural and urban homesteading.

About Ogden Publications Inc. 
Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also produces environmentally friendly housewares through Natural Home Products LLC, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

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Jennifer Kongs, managing editor: 785-274-4442,
Brandy Ernzen, brand manager: 785-274-4304,

Thursday, July 10, 2014