Dear MOTHER: August/September 2013

Reader letters about self-sufficiency and sustainable living, the U.S. Army’s net-zero initiative, backyard chickens, the White House garden, the Puyallup MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, an outdoor wood boiler, The Encyclopedia of Country Living, raised garden beds and pressure canning.



Will Allen spoke at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR about his Grower Power programs. He, and other FAIR speakers, inspired readers like Blake McCoy to change their lives.
Photo By Crystal Saffel
Blake and Candace McCoy have been inspired by MOTHER EARTH NEWS to make changes for the better in their lives.
Photo By Blake McCoy
Low-cost, permanent garden beds can be tailored to fit your needs.
Photo By Matthew T. Stallbaumer
“The Encyclopedia of Country Living” is a reprint of “An Old-Fashioned Recipe Book” by Carla Emery.
Cover Courtesy Sasquatch Books
Improve your self-sufficiency by preserving your own food at home.
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