I love this magazine, and started my subscription to it in Sept. I have been reading it for about 4 or 5 years now. On my birthday this year my husband let me get some of my favorite magazines as subscriptions for my gift. So far I've gotten Mother Earth News, Back Home, and Countryside. I'm going to ask to get some more of my favorites for Christmas. I want to get Grit, Backwoods Home, and Hobby Farm. My immediate family know I read these magazines, but others would think I'm strange. I'm totally addicted to learning about a lifestyle that I really don't lead. I'm don't have any land to do any homesteading. I am however going to start doing some things this coming year. Learning to cook from scratch, square foot/raised bed gardening, rain barrels, growing my own herbs, buying locally, canning and dehydrating food, building a solar cooker/dehydrator. Last year for Christmas I bought myself the 5 disc set of Mother Earth News that has every issue from the beginning (1970 I think) until 2007. I don't know when I'll ever have time to read it all!