Dear MOTHER: February/March 2013

Reader letters about killer compost, broody hens, setting out to farm, the beyond-monetary riches of a garden, pollution from nuclear weapons, genetically modified foods, composting meat and fat, and more.

Free-Range Chickens
“I don’t want to hear a clock ticking all day; I’d rather hear chicks clucking, or maybe the sound of wind through the trees,” writes aspiring farmer Ariel Drouault of Great Barrington, Mass. 
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