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Your membership adds up to more than just extra money in your wallet

Enjoy peace of mind knowing that you have gained greater resiliency with the expert guidance of the Mother Earth News community. You can become less reliant on the grid, combat the whims of the supply chain, and resist corporate greed. Take matters into your own hands as a member and re-invest your time, money, and energy in the things that are most important to you.

Your Benefits Include:
  • Exclusive everyday member discounts on top-quality products in the Mother Earth News Store to support your self-sufficiency goals
  • Mother Earth News magazine (print and/or digital, bimonthly during your membership term), backed by 50+ years of trusted guidance in all things sustainability and self-sufficiency
  • 350+ how-to video tutorials and webinars (only available to members, with new videos added online monthly)
  • Unrestricted access to online content: members get to view the latest articles, recipes, and project ideas before non-members

Trying to decide which of the Mother Earth News Archives are right for you? The Classic version is by far the most popular of the two versions and works well on a PC or Mac! Search through all of Mother Earth News' content, from 1970-2022, with the updated Classic USB drive!

In 2003, we introduced an archive of all Mother Earth News' issues from 1970 on CD-ROM, presenting a new way of accessing past issues of the magazine in a digital environment. Thousands of readers responded to the notion of sifting through our first decade at the click of a mouse and to the ability to search for what specifically interested them. Following that success, we expanded the archive to cover more of the magazine's past issues on disc.

Now, we are pleased to reintroduce the classic version of the archive with enhanced search functionality across Mother's entire 53-year history. With this version of the archive, you can search for articles about earth-sheltered homes, cheap solar power, organic gardening techniques, raising chickens, beekeeping, do-it-yourself projects, and much more.

Mother Earth News has also published hundreds of healthy, down-to-earth recipes, and the archive includes all the delicious directions we've published in the magazine. From strawberry jam and homemade jerky to hummus and morel mushroom quiche, you'll find something to satisfy every appetite.

Find almost every story, blog post, tip, and technique published in the magazine and online from 1970-2022 … more than 27,000 articles! Also available is the Multiplatform Edition, which makes the magazine content available not just on desktop and laptop computers but also via smartphones and the multitude of portable reading devices that have become so ubiquitous.

Confused about the difference between our two archive products? These are the key distinctions:

  • The most-popular, and easy-to-use Classic Edition provides a browser-based interface for accessing the archive on your desktop computer or laptop. You can do advanced searches and view content from the entire 53-year archive simultaneously!
  • The Multiplatform Edition contains files for each magazine year in a format that can be transferred for viewing and searching on multiple devices. The content can only be viewed and searched year by year. The content on the Multiplatform archive appears as the magazine itself so that you can simulate flipping through each page.

In addition to the ability to search the entire archive or browse by each month and year, the Classic interface contains enhanced search features.

Search by:

  • Date range
  • Exact phrases and word combinations
  • Entire archive content
  • Headline only
  • The content of each individual article
  • Popular categories

Technical Information: This complete Mother Earth News 1970-2022 archive can be viewed and searched on a PC without needing an internet connection.** It also includes its own private browser, so you won’t have to worry about browser updates on publicly available internet browsers, such as Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox.

Windows Users: Open the Windows folder and click 'Launch Mother Earth News Archive 1970-2022', then click 'START SEARCHING' to begin searching.

**Many articles contain links to other websites. To access these links, a browser (such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Explorer, etc.) and an internet connection is required.

System Requirements: Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.8 or later.

***NOTE: This archive USB will not work on Google Chromebook.***

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
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Wonderful information. Format out dated and could use an updated database application.

Hi Gregory, thank you for sharing this feedback! We aim to continue to improve the USB each year and will consider this information while developing the new one after the new year. We appreciate your business and review!

Michael Woods


Tom Ream

very good cusstomer service an extremely god product

Donna Arthur
Confidence Builder

The Classic Archives as a homesteading resource increases my confidence greatly, that I am not going it alone as a single have my back.

Alan Kiely