Dear MOTHER June/July 2018

Letters from our readers about solar energy homes, the next generation of earth advocates, stories of garden success, and more.

| June/July 2018

Fermenting a Fondness for Mother

My mom had a subscription to Mother Earth News when I was a kid. I admit I really didn’t pay too much attention to the magazines then, but I knew she read them cover to cover and had big homesteading dreams. I sure didn’t! But the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as they say, and somewhere along the way I started reading them myself for gardening, preserving, and other tidbits of wisdom for living in harmony with our planet. For the past few years, I’ve been honored to be one of many presenters that help bring the pages of these issues to life, at Mother Earth News Fairs across the country. It’s come full circle.

Kirsten Shockey

Applegate Valley, Oregon


You can catch Kirsten or her husband Christopher speak on fermentation and other topics at our upcoming Mother Earth News Fairs 6 times a year. Visit to find the next fair near you. — MOTHER 

A Longtime Reader Recalls Mother’s Early Days

I’ve been reading Mother Earth News for what seems like forever. I own just about every issue, beginning with the very first issue from 1970. Reading the articles in the February/March 2018 issue made me think I was reading Mother Earth News from years ago. I think it’s been the best issue article-wise to have come off the presses lately. “Masonry Heaters” and “DIY Wood-Fired Hot Tub” were just super and brought back so many memories. Since we currently have a greenhouse on our farm, I’m even implementing some of the practices cited in “Add Thermal Mass to Your Off-Grid Greenhouse.”


Fermentation Frenzy!

September 12-13, 2019
Seven Springs, Pa

Fermentation Frenzy! is produced by Fermentation magazine in conjunction with the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR. This one-and-a-half day event is jam-packed with fun and informative hands-on sessions.


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