MOTHER EARTH NEWS: December 2015/January 2016

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS: December 2015/January 2016

More Than a Magazine… A Way of Life

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Delicious, Homemade Whole-Grain Flours
Invite new flavors, textures and nutrients into your baking adventures by selecting a home mill and grinding a range of grains into super-fresh flours.


Anyone Can Make a Living on 1.5 Acres
Learn from these seasoned market farmers and grow your own fulfilling farming career on less acreage than you ever thought possible.

Beautiful Vegetable Portraits: Lynn Karlin’s Pedestal Series
Lynn Karlin’s vision is palpable in these striking portraits.

DIY, All-in-One Kitchen Cupboard
Use recycled or off-the-shelf cabinets to build this Hoosier-style cupboard for baking prep, kitchen storage, or whatever you need most.

Fat Matters: Understanding the Science
“Eat low-fat” advice has been wrong for more than 40 years. New evidence reveals the crucial role that healthful fats play in your well-being.

Seed Starting: Easy Setups for Home Gardeners
Glean creative ideas from these real-world methods, and give your seedlings a healthy start at home this coming spring.

Nature Really Does Make Us Happy
Scientific research provides powerful evidence that time spent in nature invigorates our brains and bodies.


News from MOTHER
The Big Fat Lies

Reader letters about solar and geothermal systems, free quilts for the homeless, Q Fever, soy’s link to obesity, MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS, monarch butterflies and milkweed, and more.

Green Gazette
The Open Source Seed Initiative: Let’s Take Back Our Garden Seeds
Which Grass-Fed Beef Labels to Trust
‘Cool Tools’: A Book for Serious Tool Lovers
The Solar Impulse 2: An Innovative Solar Airplane
Find the Cottage Food Laws for Your State
Watch ‘Small Is Beautiful,’ a Tiny Homes Documentary

The Gardener’s Table: Growing Arugula and Turnips
Growing Arugula and Turnips for the Table
Creamy Turnip Soup
Baby Turnip and Arugula Salad
Arugula Pesto Recipe

Ask Our Experts

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
A Cool Use for Tires: How to Keep Livestock Water from Freezing
Stay Extra-Warm This Winter with a Homemade Hap Blanket
How to Split Firewood Efficiently
Using a Container Mixing Tub as a Growing Container
Keep Your Woodpile Tarps from Blowing Away
Homestead Uses for Mylar Blankets
Save Energy in Winter with Frozen Water Bottles
How to Keep Soup Warm at the Dinner Table
Egg Carton Fire Starters
Clear Counter Space with a DIY Recipe Card Holder
Seasonal and Local: A Tumbleweed Christmas Tree
Electric Pressure Cooker
Make DIY Rubber Band Labels for Bottles
DIY Fingerless Mitts
How to Recycle an Old Hose
Hang Wet Clothes Near a Woodstove