Dear MOTHER: October/November 2013

Reader letters about chickens in the garden, pressure canning, apartment gardening, labeling genetically modified foods, a local urban homesteaders’ network, capitalism, green tomato recipes, and more.

| October/November 2013

  • Chickens In The Garden
    Inspired by the article “Chickens in the Garden” in the April/May 2013 issue, readers Tina and John Jaeger of Jeddo, Mich., incorporated their flock into their garden setup to provide all-natural pest control as well as manure for valuable homemade fertilizer.
    Photo Courtesy Tina Jaeger
  • “Solar technology is real, and it is changing the concentrated power and wealth of coal, oil and gas companies.” — Jeff Droz; Rich Hill, Mo.
    Photo By Gary Reysa
  • For reader Judy Millspaugh Anderson, green tomatoes evoke memories of her grandmother’s green tomato preserves, which were always personalized with sliced candied ginger.
    Photo By iStockphoto/nstanczak
  • ‘Floriani Red Flint’ grain corn has grown well for reader Joe Maricelli of Merryville, La., who says this Italian heirloom variety yields a much tastier cornmeal than that made from the yellow dent corn he typically raises.
    Photo Courtesy Joe Maricelli

  • Chickens In The Garden

The Tools That Bind

We can’t do without MOTHER EARTH NEWS around here. The articles by Publisher Bryan Welch always strike a chord with me, and his piece Old Tools: Sacred Family Heirlooms in the August/September 2013 issue was downright moving.

My father worked for a cotton compress company, and he used a special knife to cut into and examine cotton bales. When he retired, my mom began using the knife in her garden, and now I do, too.

The knife is well over 50 years old, and although somewhat beat-up, it’s still great for digging and transplanting. I think of my parents every time I use it.

Thanks for the memories, Bryan!

Joan Beauregard
Richmond, Texas

Handed-down tools are indeed gratifying catalysts for fond memories. Thanks for sharing your story, Joan. We’re big fans of sturdy tools that last for generations. — MOTHER EARTH NEWS

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