MOTHER EARTH NEWS: December 2014/January 2015

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More Than a Magazine … A Way of Life

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Easy One-Pot Meals
Want to serve up convenient, well-balanced dishes without making a mess of your kitchen? Now you’re cookin’!


Sourcing Truly High-Quality Garden Seeds
Some companies deliver better-quality seeds than others do. Get tips on where and how to shop for seeds and learn about the pros and cons of heirloom, hybrid and open-pollinated varieties.

7 Electric Car Questions — Answered!
How far is their range? How much money would you save on gas? We tackle these and more of your questions about electric cars. Buckle up!

Expert Tips for Growing Early Tomato Varieties
Add about a month to your fresh-tomato season with these proven techniques.

Homemade Bath Products: Shampoo, Deodorant and Toothpaste
Whip up our three recipes to save money and avoid the potentially dangerous ingredients hidden in many commercial products.

Making Hay the Old-Fashioned Way
A little muscle and a few hand tools are all you need to put up tons of provender.

Another High Cost of Factory-Farmed Meat: The Death of Small Towns
The near-monopoly of industrial meat companies prevents healthy competition and crushes small-town economies.


News From MOTHER
Savvy Seed Advice and Meat Monopoly Insight

Reader letters about pressure cooking, food choices, swapping cloths for toilet paper, diversity in MOTHER EARTH NEWS, sweet spring gardening anticipation, and more.

Green Gazette
Fossil Fuel Divestment: A Growing Movement
B Corps: Businesses Doing Good
Set Up a Food Box Delivery at Your Workplace
American Horticultural Society Honors the Year’s Best Gardening Books
Try the Boaz Mini-Combine for Small-Scale Grain Processing
Winners of the Wood Stove Decathlon

The Gardener’s Table
Steadfast Winter Companions: Growing and Cooking Leeks and Winter Squash
Leek Gratin Recipe
Spaghetti Squash with Walnuts Recipe
Thai Soup Recipe, Cooked in a Squash

Homestead Know-How
Prevent Predator Problems With Livestock Guardians
Readers share stories of how their brave homestead companions patrol pastures and keep threats at bay.

The Pitchfork Pulpit
A New-Fashioned Food System
Conscientious farmers need to do a better job explaining their proven, cutting-edge methods.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Efficient Woodpile Design
Give and Give Again
Fresh Green Onions, Even During Winter
Tips for Electric Fence Repair and LED Bulb Installation
How to Recycle a Used Freezer
Box It Up
Solar-Powered Emergency Lighting
Tips Worth Their Salt
Sweet Memories for a Sweet Tooth
Upcycled, Homemade ‘Crocs’
Unique Cold Frame Design

Ask Our Experts
Best Grow Lights for Starting Seeds Indoors
Choose a Backup Generator for Emergencies
Change Furnace Filters to Keep Air Clean
The Hygiene Hypothesis: Why It May Be OK to Get a Little Dirty

Andy Warhol