Dear MOTHER: December 2012/January 2013

Reader letters about the return on investment from gardening, self-sufficiency in the city, living forever, cheap food, dogs on the homestead and more — plus dispatches from our first-ever International Homesteading Education Month.



Peoples Food Co Op
Co-ops create communities around shared values. Here, patrons of People’s Food Co-op in Ann Arbor, Mich., celebrate the business’s 40th anniversary.
Photo By Kevin Sharp
Real Eggs
Reader Wendy Atkins of Rock Stream, N.Y., found that her asthmatic reactions to egg yolks subside when she eats eggs from her own hens.
Photo By Fotolia/urbanlight
Pygmy Goats
Stewie (left) and Artemis at home in York, Pa.
Photo By Shelby L. Ilgenfritz
Mushroom Hay Bale
What they hay? James Rudd’s goats sculpted a mushroom from a hay bale in Ridgeville, S.C.
Photo By James A. Rudd II
Wood Cabin
An owner-built cabin in Washington state.
Photo Courtesy Shelter Publications
Pie Crust
Pie crusts needn’t be complicated: Reader Toni Kellers of Perkasie, Pa., turns them out using just four ingredients and four quick steps.
Photo By Fotolia/sugar0607











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