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MOTHER EARTH NEWS: June/July 2012 

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Home Canning: Putting Food By the Old-Fashioned Way
We looked to our readers to find out why home canning is experiencing a modern revival. Their answer: Canning produces flavorful, high-quality food that saves money, builds self-reliance and creates lifelong memories.



This Land Is Your Land: Why National Parks Matter
These public treasures are some of the most beautiful places on Earth, where you can rekindle your sense of awe and adventure.

Supporting Farmers, Eating Local Food
Folks, it ain’t normal to rely on unsustainable, inhumane industrial food. Joel Salatin makes the case for returning to normal, seasonal eating and time-tested farming methods.

All You Need to Know to Eat Good, Grass-Fed Meat
Learn how to choose and use inexpensive cuts of grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and pastured pork for better nutrition and out-of-this-world flavor.

Bonus Web recipes: Flank Steak Marinade With Maple and Soy Glaze, Pastured Pork Belly — Dan Barber’s Way and Roasted Cardamom, Oregano and Garlic Chicken Thighs. 

Best Green Cars, 2012
From a great American invention to the Prius (shrunken and stretched) to the least expensive electric car yet, here are your best bets for driving and saving green.

Grow Safe, Natural Mosquito Repellents
These naturally mosquito-repellent plants and homemade mosquito traps will help you have a less buggy summer.

Passive Solar Design Basics
Plan a comfortable, energy-efficient home that will slash your heating and cooling bills.

Choose the Right Garden Seed Planter
A walk-behind garden seed planter can reduce your workload and save you money.


Fresh Strawberry Recipes
Keep Up With Your Garden
Boost Nutrition With These Food Pairings
How to Build a Tool Rack
Fresh, Healthy Summer Recipes 

News From MOTHER
Labeling Genetically Modified Foods: Our Right to Know 

Reader letters about self-sufficiency in the city, raising rabbits, homesteading as privilege, sustainable investing, preserving eggs, building with SIPS and ICFs, and more. 

Real Food
Egg Recipes: The Incredible Versatility of Pastured Eggs
100 Ways to Use Eggs
Meringue Science: Perfecting the Egg White Foam 

Crop at a Glance
Growing Summer Squash
Branch out from just growing zucchini! Find out how to plant, harvest, store and deliciously cook up the wide, wonderful world of summer squash, including pattypan, tromboncino and yellow squash varieties.

Beautiful and Abundant
Lessons From the Vegetable Garden
Growing vegetables provides a matchless education for the mere price of some seeds and sweat.

Ask Our Experts
Are Old Canning Recipes Safe to Use?
Start Your Chickens the Right Way With Chick Starter Feed
What’s the Big Deal With 40 MPG?
Sustainable Woodlot Management for Home Heating
Learn More About Straw Bale Building 

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Edible Radish Seed Pods
Creative Storage Solution: A Hanging Shoe Rack
Use Recycled Coffee Cans for Easy Nail Storage
Natural Pesticide for Squash Bug Control
Better Bird Netting
Cool Down Those Dog Days of Summer With Cross-Ventilation
Mower Magic: How to Keep Snakes Away
Countertop Composter From an Old Blender
Zucchini ‘Milk’ Recipe
Make Grated Vegetable Mixtures With Your Garden Surplus
Deter Raccoons With Pantyhose
Solarize Soil to Control Nutsedge in Your Garden
A Cleaner Chicken Coop
Tips for Growing Celery
Successful Tick Removal 

William Carlos Williams 

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