MOTHER EARTH NEWS: December 2010/January 2011

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More Than a Magazine … A Way of Life

Top Story

Homemade Bread: Truly Easy and Delicious
Say goodbye to the intimidation factor in baking homemade bread! These tips and simple bread recipes will inspire beautiful loaves and a whole new outlook on baking.


Floriani Red Flint Grain Corn: The Perfect Staple Crop for Every Homestead
Grow this productive heirloom grain corn for out-of-this-world flavor and exceptional nutrition. Plus, try our recipes for Amazing Corn Pancakes and World’s Best Cornbread.

Go Solar! Get Free Hot Water From an Easy-to Build System
This water-heating option is a great place to start with renewable energy, and you get additional storage space, too!

A Celebration of Heirloom Apples and Artisan Ciders
Old-time apple flavors took center stage at a holiday event at the U.S. State Department.

Emergency Survival Kits
Power outages … severe storms … no worries! With a little planning, you can keep your family calm and safe during short-term emergencies.

Off-the-Grid Cordwood Construction Community Center
A Wisconsin community used local wood and solar equipment to build an energy-efficient education center for its local school system.


News From MOTHER
A Revolutionary New Garden Planner

Reader letters about the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, building a cozy cabin, saving money on meat and fish, starting a homesteading school, and more.

Green Gazette
How Much Energy Does It Take to Get Our Energy?
Natural Burial: Build an Eco-Friendly Coffin and Plan a Green Funeral
Grass-Fed Cows Emit Less Methane
Don’t Feed the Bag Monster
Cows Eat Grass?!
USDA Funding Guide for Local Food Programs
Can Fish Oil Fight Depression?

Crop at a Glance
Growing Asparagus
A well-maintained bed of this sweet, slender veggie will stay productive for up to 15 years. Learn how to grow your own sensational spears.

Eat in Season
Fresh Food in Winter
Winter is upon us! Time to warm up with savory recipes for Roasted and Braised Duck With Sauerkraut and Root Vegetables, Baked Beets in Béchamel Sauce, Spicy Spiked Cocoa, and more.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Make Sourdough Bread Like a Pro
Stone Cold — er, Warm!
Get a Handle on Hot Cookies
Newspaper Rolls in the Garden
Footies and Gloves to Go
Super Shakers
Peppermint Discourages Mice in Walls
Pruning Helps Old Fruit Trees Produce More Fruit
A Serving of Veggies in Every Slice
Hiccup Remedy
Think Inside the Box
Cut Down on Construction Waste
Solar Heating Savings
A Cheaper, Easier Face Mask

Garden Know-How
Vertical Gardening Techniques for Maximum Returns
Make use of every inch of your garden and grow bigger, better cukes, beans, tomatoes and cantaloupes with simple, sturdy trellises.

Green Home Improvement
Adding Insulation Can Save You Money!
Does your home need more insulation? Chances are it does. Here’s how to figure out whether you should add insulation to your home, and, if so, which pieces of the job you can do yourself.

Kitchen Garden
Victoria Rhubarb
Grown throughout the world, this classic heirloom vegetable can add its superior tart flavor to more than just pies. Try it out in our recipe for Persian Lamb With Rhubarb.

Ask Our Experts
LEED for Homes: Guaranteed Green?
That Lovely Sewer Gas Smell
Best Chicken Breeds
Organic Garden Seeds
Nontoxic Pest Control