Dear MOTHER: December 2011/January 2012

Reader letters about humane death, wood processing, the sphinx moth, Indian Runner ducks, hornworms, deep ecology, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS beekeeping blog, cargo bikes, and more.



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Reader LeeAnn Coleman finds happiness in her 900-square-foot home. Similar to the homes featured in our Natural Home Living blog, LeeAnn adores her efficient kitchen, cozy living room and great outdoor space.
PHOTO: FRANCES IDLEBROOK
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Properly seasoned firewood will have visible cracks in its end grain. 
ELAYNE SEARS
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Mark your calendars to attend a MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in 2012! June 2 to 3 in Puyallup, Wash., and Sept. 22 to 23 in Seven Springs, Pa.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
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A tomato hornworm ruthlessly chows down on a green tomato.
JOANNA AND ERIC REUTER
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These tomato plants were defoliated by tomato hornworms.
JOANNA AND ERIC REUTER
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Consider adding some adorable to your farm by raising ducks, such as these Indian Runner ducks.
WHITNEY EADS
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Peterson advocates a bio-centric wildlife management plan.
DAVID PETERSON
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Cargo bikes are a great way to transport all sorts of items, including plants and supplies for your garden.
CHRIS CHANEY











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