Dear MOTHER: June/July 2013

Reader letters about full-time homesteading, hoop houses, buying a mower, the White House garden, pesticide drift, broody hens, distinguishing sorghum from molasses, the legality of home distilling, and more.



Hannah and Eric Noel, along with their two children, raise organic produce, grass-fed beef, and free-range chicken and eggs on their homestead in Highgate, Vt.
Photo By Orah Moore
Snow is no match for reader Joe Mironov’s hoop house.
Photo By Joe Mironov
Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton (and their canine companion) chose to homestead, producing much of their own food and running a home-based business.
Photo Courtesy Anna Hess
Using a broody hen is rewarding and fun, especially with a fluffy Silkie mother hen.
Illustration By Elayne Sears
Look for the logo from the National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Association (NSSPPA) to be sure a product was made with 100 percent pure sorghum cane and without any additives.
Illustration Courtesy National Sweet Sorghum Producers
First Lady Michelle Obama is seen with Bo, the Obama family dog, in the White House Kitchen Garden, Sept. 14, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
Photo By Lawrence Jackson

















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