Dear MOTHER: April/May 2010

Reader letters about the cost of starting a homestead, white roofs, low-tunnel greenhouses, Ruth Stout, and more.

handmade home
Rachael and John Schafer built their pretty home using timber harvested from their own land.
Mather homestead
What does it cost to start a self-sustaining homestead? Several readers posed this question.
garden veggies
Reverand Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie is citing Rosalind Creasy’s article “Grow $700 of Food in 100 Square Feet” in her dissertation as an example of what can be done to help those in extreme poverty.
white roof
While white roofs may help home owners save energy in some parts of the United States, reader Christopher Hoyle says they aren’t effective for energy savings in every region.
wind turbine
Reader Danny Ray suggests a federal tax on electricity, funds from which could be used to offer a monetary incentive for alternative energy options to homeowners, as one way to create increased renewable energy use, create jobs, and add to home values.
Drying clothes outside is just one way that Elaine Golladay and her family have cut back on energy and water use at their home.

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