MOTHER EARTH NEWS August/September 2016


8 Cold Frame Plans for Year-Round Gardening
Expand your growing season and upcycle local materials by building one (or a few!) of these simple, inexpensive cold frames.

Home Meat Preservation with a Pressure Canner
Ease pressure on your lofty self-reliance goals by learning how to safely can beef, chicken, and more right at home.

Solar Hot Water Heating Systems for Your Home
A solar water heater is a good choice for the planet and a smart decision for your wallet.

Haymaking Equipment for the Small Farm
These implements and tips make haymaking practical and economical, no matter your acreage.

How to Read Pet Food Labels
Stumped by the confusing keywords that litter the ingredient lists of your companion’s kibble? Learn common pet food terms and which ingredients to avoid to keep your furry friend healthy and happy.


News from MOTHER
It’s All About Community

Dear MOTHER: August/September 2016
Reader letters about livestock at MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS, bee removal methods, rural employment options, an off-grid earthbag house, an herbal remedy for inflammation, keeping deer out of the garden, and more.

Green Gazette
Pesticides on Produce: The New ‘Dirty Dozen’ List
Increase Your Home’s Value with Solar Panels
Be Wary of BPA Replacements
Does Hydraulic Fracturing Contaminate Our Drinking Water?
New Fiskars Garden Tools
Documentary ‘Seed: The Untold Story’
The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs

The Gardner's Table: Corn and Beans
A pair grown and enjoyed together for generations, corn and shell beans serve up classic summer flavors that you can savor fresh right in the garden or combine in summertime recipes.

Homestead Know-How: Mob Grazing Cattle Made Simple
A mob of cows in a paddock system can help you cut hay expenses, improve soil and pasture health, and maximize herd performance.

Ask Our Experts
Trusted advice on what to include in a vehicle emergency kit, garden-watering systems that minimize weeds, and whether to refrigerate farm-fresh eggs.

The Pitchfork Pulpit: More than Mechanics
When farmers respect plant and animal life, there’s no daylight between the pew and the menu.

Country Lore: Readers' Tips to Live By
Reader-submitted tips on a DIY chicken tractor, a modern twist on the split-rail fence, how to protect plants with cans, soap nuts for household washing, rosemary to deter slugs, a DIY wood splitter, quick compost, and more.

Earth Words
“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”
—Galileo Galilei

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