Dear MOTHER: February/March 2014

Reader letters about homemade sourdough bread, ag-gag laws, DIY poultry-processing, population growth, working dogs, low-tech home insulation, organic grasshopper control, and more.

| February/March 2014

  • Homemade Sourdough Bread
    Reader Leah Robinson of Craig, Colo., snapped this photo of her first-ever homemade loaf of sourdough bread, which she made following the recipe in the article “Homemade Sourdough Bread, Step by Step” from the December 2013/January 2014 issue.
    Photo by Leah Robinson
  • Dream Farm
    “Thank you for fostering the sense of contentment I feel while pursuing my goal of finding my dream farm.” — D. Hubbard; Winter Haven, Fla.
    Photo by Dreamstime/Appalacianviews
  • Tomato Varieties
    With the assistance of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner, reader Caroline Graettinger of Canonsburg, Pa., has implemented crop rotations, kept tabs on her garden’s most productive yielders, and tried a trove of new tomato varieties.
    Photo by Fotolia/cherries
  • Organic Grasshopper Control
    Need organic grasshopper control? Take a cue from reader Luma Rose of Balmorhea, Texas, and simply suck up the hoppers with a small, portable vacuum.
    Photo by Fotolia/arachi07

  • Homemade Sourdough Bread
  • Dream Farm
  • Tomato Varieties
  • Organic Grasshopper Control

From Passion to Profession

I have always loved MOTHER EARTH NEWS, but I feel compelled to tell you just how much I appreciated your December 2013/January 2014 issue. It was so packed with information and inspiration!

The article Herbal Antibiotics: An Effective Defense Against Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ pointed out such a pressing health concern that I found myself considering a new career path: that of an herbalist. I’ve been circling around the idea for some time, and reading Stephen Harrod Buhner’s message about increasingly ineffective antibiotic drugs may be just the final push I need.

Also, Publisher Bryan Welch’s piece about the new terrain being forged by inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk was magnificently presented (see Environmental Problems Are No Match for Human Ingenuity). Musk’s work is opening up new and hopeful horizons in a world that’s hurting for fresh solutions. Thank you, Mother, for keeping us informed of such positive work being done.

Salena Levi
Huntington, Massachusetts




Back in the Saddle

I had been out of the practice of making my own bread for more than a year, but just today I baked a loaf following your article Five Minutes a Day for Fresh-Baked Bread (December 2008/January 2009). I can’t say enough about how easy and versatile this recipe is. I am back in the saddle again!

Gretchen Van Deusen
West Lebanon, New York

Cally
3/18/2014 1:50:20 AM

Anne Engelbach gave a recipe for sour dough starter in the Feb./March 2014 issue of Mother Earth Magazine on Page 14 & 15. She give the recipe for the starter and says she feeds the starter with sugar, instant potatoes and warm water, but she doesn't say how much of these three ingredients she feeds the starter with. Can anybody assist me with these measurements to feed the starter? Thanks!







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