Mother Earth News: December 2008/January 2009

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More Than a Magazine … A Way of Life 

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Firsthand Reports: Nurtured by Nature
A young social worker reflects on her back-to-the-land childhood and how it has shaped her worldview.


Best Seeds for a Bigger, Better Garden
It’s time to start planning your garden and ordering seeds! Here are 15 exciting ways to get more from your beds.

Farming With the Wild
Work with nature, not against it, and create a prosperous outcome for all.

5 Minutes a Day for Fresh-baked Bread
Discover the ridiculously easy — and cheap! — technique that revolutionizes home baking.

Get Ready for a Great Year Outdoors
From inspiring reading to skill building to trip planning, there are many easy and rewarding ways you can beat the winter blahs.

Hearth Cooking
An Ancient cooking technique revisited.

Anyone can Raise Chickens
You can start baby chicks off right by following this expert advice.

Construct a Cozy Built-in Bed
Use this hands-on know-how to build a one-of-a-kind bed.


News from Mother
Three Mountains to Climb 

Dear Mother
Carbs vs. fat; Education not legislation; An “enviro” agenda 

Country Lore
15 Ideas to Give Gifts a Personal Touch
DIY Skidder
She Found the Cure for the Common Cold
DIY Denim Apron
Easy Kindling
Lessons from ’73: Vibrant Holidays that Save Energy
Recycled Wool Rugs Last Forever
Make Your Own Cottage Cheese
Use Vinegar to Zap Hard Water 

Green Gazette
Electric Cars: Coming Soon
Stop Unwanted Junk Mail Catalogs
What Happened to Global Warming?
$100 Billion Could Yield 2 Million Clean Energy Jobs
Rescuing Renewables
Don’t Trash That TV
Let’s Talk About Hunger
Tips for Greening Any Home 

Crop at a Glance
All About Growing Potatoes
There is a deliciously diverse selection of varieties.

Eat in Season
Discover Millet
Tap the culinary wisdom of our ancestors.

Garden Know-howMake Your Own Potting Soil
You can save money by using your own soil and compost to make potting mixes your plants will love.

Kitchen Garden
Burr Gherkins
Grow your own gherkin pickles and more with this pest-proof mini cuke/squash from Africa.

Green Home Improvement
Save Money with a New, Energy-efficient Furnace
Advice to help you know when to replace your old furnace.