Dear MOTHER: October/November 2010

Reader letters about Why I Love My MOTHER, bag gardens, a pickle recipe, and more.



Volume 1
This year marks 40 years of MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine, and it all started with issue No. 1.
COVER: MOTHER EARTH NEWS ARCHIVE
garden
MOTHER EARTH NEWS editor Shelley Stonebrook shows how rewarding self-reliance and food security can be!
NATE SKOW
pressure canning
Reader Deborah Sampson wrote in with concerns about reusing supermarket jars and lids for canning, and recommends always using new lids as a safety precaution.
MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
making a whistle
As a kid in the mid-70s, reader Shannon Gardner learned how to make a whistle out of a willow branch using his pocketknife in an issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS — and still reads today. 
KEITH WARD
beekeeper
Reader Janice Houck has been a reader since issue No. 2, and she has her farm, complete with a garden, critters, a rain water collection system and even honeybees!
KEITH WARD
soldier in Iraq
Ethan Dean reads MOTHER EARTH NEWS during a break in his duties in Iraq.
ETHAN DEAN
top soil
Reader Rose Bryan and the Adams Public Library in Indiana used bags of top soil to provide a garden for their summer cooking class for local children.
KEITH WARD/JOHN GRUEN











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