Twenty years ago, Mother Earth News started out on a kitchen table with down-home do-it-yourself information printed on rough yellowed paper. But something strange happened at the dawn of its third decade.
The magazine, now edited in New York City, turned slick and glossy. And in March, the owners fired the entire editorial staff, including many people who had been with the magazine almost from the beginning.
Now the spirit of the original magazine has been reborn in two publications. Former garden editor Pat Stone has started GreenPrints, a quarterly gardening journal that focuses on the spirit of gardening rather than the how-to. And a whole group of former staffers have started BackHome, a magazine that looks -- and reads -- a lot like the original Mother Earth News.