Dear MOTHER: February/March 2016

Reader letters about inspiring market gardeners, the health benefits of bison, Tyson’s effects on Arkansas homeowners, the term “urban homesteading,” industrial egg products, forest burning, and more.

| February/March 2016

  • Jean-Martin Fortier and Maude
    Market farmer Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife, Maude-Hélène Desroches, earn their living on 1.5 acres of organic garden beds in Quebec.
    Photo by Alex Chabot
  • Farmland
    Finding affordable farmland can be tricky. See our article “How to Buy Farmland Even if You Think You Can’t” for additional information.
    Photo by Elayne Sears
  • Bison
    Grass-fed bison has high concentrations of iron and zinc, plus it contains an impressive ratio of healthy fats.
    Photo by Fotolia/Rolf_52
  • Homestead Hamlet
    Neighbors share garden space in the Hawley Hamlet in Lincoln, Nebraska.
    Photo by Tim Rinne/Nate Skow
  • Austrian Winter Peas
    Austrian winter peas make a fantastic cover crop, plus the shoots are edible.
    Photo by Cheryl Long

  • Jean-Martin Fortier and Maude
  • Farmland
  • Bison
  • Homestead Hamlet
  • Austrian Winter Peas

Inspired by Market Farmers

The article Market Gardening: How to Make a Living on 1.5 Acres in your December 2015/January 2016 issue was super-insightful and inspiring. I enjoyed reading about the good fortune that market farmer Jean-Martin Fortier (pictured above) has experienced. He and his wife are clearly living a happy life and giving back to their community. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is.

I also love that this couple proved so many naysayers wrong. You can make a living as an organic market farmer; it just takes dedication! 

Jason Lee Beck
Drapher, Utah 

I’ll Never Retire My Subscription!

I’m a longtime MOTHER EARTH NEWS subscriber. In fact, in my library I have a copy of every Mother Earth News issue ever printed. I’ve lived the MOTHER life — I built an earth-sheltered home, have grown gardens, installed both solar- and wind-powered systems, and more. The next project on my bucket list is to build the Best Ever Solar Food Dehydrator that was featured in your June/July 2014 issue. That June/July issue, by the way, was one of your best yet.

Even at age 75, I’m not ready to “retire” my subscription. I have provided in my will that, in order to always receive my copies of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, a mailbox should be part of my tombstone. 

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