MOTHER EARTH NEWS: December 2013/January 2014

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS: December 2013/January 2014 

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Homemade Sourdough Bread, Step by Step
Demystify baking this traditional bread with these instructions for obtaining and maintaining a starter, and two hearty bread recipes to put it to use.


How to Raise Chickens for Meat
Don’t just wing it! Here’s your how-to guide for filling your freezer with broilers in as little as six weeks from hatch to harvest.

Grow More Food in a Movable Greenhouse
Boost productivity year-round with a do-it-yourself greenhouse you can transport around your plots.

6 Ways to Produce Your Own Cooking Oils
Take a new step toward food self-sufficiency by learning how to extract nutritious oils from seeds and nuts, render lard and tallow, and make fresh butter.

Herbal Antibiotics: An Effective Defense Against Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming more virulent thanks to the overuse of antibiotics. Herbal medicine offers an alternative to increasingly ineffective drugs.

Break the Bank: Build an Alternative Economy
Discover ways to help create more local, equitable economic models — and feel good about how you get your goods.


Smarter Home Heating
Grow Delicious Heirloom Corn
DIY Laundry Solutions
Tame Colds With Thyme
Savory Potato Recipes

News From MOTHER
MOTHER Knows (Garden Planning) Best

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.

Green Gazette
Fossil Fuel Subsidies: When Taxpayer Dollars Subsidize Environmental Destruction
How ‘Ag-Gag’ Laws Undermine Our Food System
Organic Food at Your Doorstep
We Dig This Shovel
CSA Shares Can Pay
Backyard Bird Count

Real Food
Types of Cinnamon: Cassia and True Cinnamons
Cornmeal Pancakes Recipe With Cinnamon-Honey Butter
Delicious Brisket Recipe With Coffee-Cinnamon Crust
Baked Chicken With Cinnamon Recipe
How to Make Sausage at Home
4 Homemade Sausage Recipes

Crop at a Glance
All About Growing Sweet Potatoes
From creamy white sweet potatoes to nutritious purple tubers, there are sweet potato varieties tailored to every gardener’s region and palate.

Beautiful and Abundant
Never Underestimate Human Ingenuity
Inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk leaves little doubt as to just how far vision and imagination can take us. (Very far, and in great style.)

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Sun-Fresh Laundry, Even in Winter
Inventive Uses for Wood Ash
Rent a Fancy Cake Pan
A Gift Bag as Good as Santa’s
Geriatric (Garden) Support
Fresh Eggs? Apply Steam
Make a Sturdy Tote From a Feed Bag
Putting Stock in Raised Garden Beds
Kitty Litter Mats
8 Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas
A Homemade Salad Spinner
A Novel Box of Toys
DIY Squirrel Repellent
Solar-Powered Tractor
Cut Hot Water Costs
DIY ‘Soapstone’ Stove

Ask Our Experts
Sustainable Cork Flooring: Elegant and Eco-Friendly
When to Butcher Laying Hens for Meat
House Mouse Control
Know the Drill
How to Keep Fall Crops Fresh

Jules Renard

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12/19/2013 8:33:44 AM
I was concerned about John Ivanko's response to a letter from Broken Bow, OK. His response made it seem that if we live the proper organic and holistic life style, we will never need hospitalization or other extreme, expensive health care. Probably he didn't mean to sound so impractical, but real life shows us that "things happen". Somehow people who wish to be completely independent have to plan for these costly eventualities. My husband and I live in a foreign country as volunteer missionaries, and though retired, we know we can't depend on Medicare here. We had to find some other alternative to at least help us out with the catastrophic events that might occur. And we do have Social Security to pay our way each month. We live frugally, save as much as we can, and know that "things happen" even though we are still in good health.

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