Dear MOTHER: December 2013/January 2014

Reader letters about seed swaps, garden hoops, drafty windows, health insurance and retirement on the homestead, an adoptive mother hen, farmland, working dogs, cities that inspire, and more.

Packets of tomato seeds laying out for a seed swap
A tomato seed swap-portunity at the Florida Panhandle Seed Swap. Seed swaps are upbeat community gatherings sure to introduce you to new neighbors — and promising new crop varieties!
Photo By Sheri Miller