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Selecting the right backpack for work or play is essential. Whether you’re headed to the office or out on a trail, a good bag can ease the stress of travel. Having ample space for your things is important, but all those extra goodies can be a curse as much as a blessing—your pack is liable to become uncomfortably heavy. Lightning Packshas solved this dilemma with......read more

Backyard Chickens

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New trend in urban agriculture finds chickens coming home to roost.

As more and more people come to terms with the negative consequences of industrial food production, many are turning to backyard gardens and localizing their diets. Along with these changes, there has been growing interest in backyard chicken coops for their gifts of eggs and meat. In addition, chickens provide pest patrol, process compost for the garden, and provide a touch of our agrarian past......read more

Chickening Out

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How to appease a farm-obsessed six year-old? Pete Wells explains.

We all want our children to be enthusiastic about local, sustainable food, but there are moments when they can get a little too, er, focused on it. For Pete Wells, author of the always great (and too infrequent, in our opinion) Cooking With Dexter column in NYT Mag, that happened when his six year-old started demanding backyard chickens and rooftop beehives. After hiding his copy of "My......read more

Urban Gardening: Best Backyard Chicken Breeds

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Which feathered friends make great garden helpers?

Getting your first backyard chicken is a big step, one of life's key milestones rivaled only by losing your virginity and getting your first car. So you better go in prepared. With spring around the corner, fuzzy chicks are showing up at pet and feed stores, waiting for someone to take them to their new backyard homes. With amazing names like Black Austrolorps and Buff Orpingtons, how do you know......read more

Alexandria Chicken Coop

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Attractive backyard farm setup from Williams-Sonoma makes raising your own chickens easy $399.95

If you're interested in having a fresh, daily supply of eggs for your family but you don't have the time and/or know-how to build your own chicken coop, the Alexandria Chicken Coop & Run from Williams-Sonoma is the perfect solution. Handcrafted in the USA from certified-sustainable wood, the Alexandria coop provides room for up to six hens and will keep your flock safe and dry......read more

The Moop

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Give backyard chickens the well-designed home they deserve $600.00

Since backyard chickens have the good grace to provide fresh, sustainable eggs for your table, they deserve a well-designed home like the Moop, "the modern coop for design-minded chickens." Designed by green-focused architecture firm Nottoscale, the Moop includes four cantilevered nesting boxes, hinged side-panel walls for easy access, a redwood screen for ventilation, a removable......read more

Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit

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Goal Zero's solar generator kit silently cranks out clean backup power $1,999.99

With a peak output of 1,250 watts, Goal Zero's Yeti 1250 is powerful enough for large-scale applicances. And unlike traditional diesel generators, there's no loud sound or stinky exhaust. Perfect for off-the-grid travels into the bush, or for power blackouts at home. The Yeti collects a full power charge in 20-22 hours with the two included Boulder 30 solar panels, or 16-20 hours with AC power.......read more

Eton BoostTurbine 2000

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Backup battery pack with hand turbine power generator keeps you charged up and connected $60.00

The latest charging unit from the bright minds at Etón allows you to power up your mobile devices anytime, anywhere. The BoostTurbine 2000 is a durable back-up battery with a hand turbine power generator and a rechargeable 2000mAh lithium battery. Featuring a Micro-USB DC input along with a standard USB port, the BoostTurbine is compatible with almost any mobile device. And when the......read more

BoostSolar Charger by Eton

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Solar-powered backup battery delivers off-grid juice to phones or tablets $100.00

The BoostSolar Charger, new in 2013 from Eton, is a handy backup battery that gets powered up by the sun then can be used to charge smartphones and tablets while you're off the grid. On one side, the BoostSolar features a 5" solar charger; on the other, a removable 4,000mAh lithium battery. The solar panel can charge the battery in 10 hours, giving the battery enough juice to charge two iPhones......read more

Endstar Roamer Daypack

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Daily laptop/book bag transitions into rough-and-ready hiking pack. $59.99

Endstar's versatile, water-resistant Roamer Daypack works as both a daily city bag and a backcountry hiking pack. The functional design, which incorporates recycled plastic beverage bottles, features a variety of specialized pockets and compartments to safely accommodate laptops, iPods, and other electronic devices. A Daisy chain on the front panel attaches to key chains, carabiners and other......read more

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