Dear MOTHER: April/May 2015

Reader letters about earthbag building, water consumption, factory farms in the rural United States, a hand-built outdoor oven, pressure canning, state-level sustainable population, ethical eating, seed saving, and more.

| April/May 2015

  • Earthbag Home
    Readers Sandy Callahan and Mike Thomas honed their earthbag-building skills by constructing this well house. Next, they’ll use their know-how to build an earthbag home.
    Photo by Sandy Callahan
  • Garden Planner Bed
    Onions, carrots and trellis-climbing snap peas thrive in this bed mapped out using MOTHER’s Garden Planner.
    Photo by Sariann Irvin
  • Outdoor Oven
    “I really liked the setup because it’s multipurpose — a grill, smoker, oven, griddle, and maybe things I haven’t even thought of yet!” — Pat Hill; Wickes, Ark.
    Photo courtesy Pat Hill
  • Homemade Cat Bed
    “All the bed needed was a little catnip to entice Amelia to curl up. It’s been less than a week since I made it, and it has already become a popular napping spot!” — Courtney Denning; Cincinnati, Ohio
    Photo by Courtney Denning

  • Earthbag Home
  • Garden Planner Bed
  • Outdoor Oven
  • Homemade Cat Bed

Trying Out Earthbag Building

We’d like to share with you a building project inspired by the article Low-Cost Multipurpose Earthbag Building in your August/September 2009 issue.

This photo is of our well house, a utility building for our well and pumps. It’s 13 feet high and 16 feet in diameter. It’s serving as a prototype of the home we’ll eventually build.

We plan to start constructing our earthbag home this summer. It will be four times bigger than the well house, and it will have a large glass front with big wooden shutters to keep out the cold on winter nights.

Thank you for putting us on the right track to building our dream home.



Sandy Callahan
Conway, New Hampshire

We’d love to see more photos of earthbag projects. Share yours with us on our new Flickr page. — MOTHER 






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