MOTHER EARTH NEWS: February/March 2016

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More than a Magazine… A Way of Life

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Earn a Living Doing What You Love
In this special feature, experienced backwoods breadwinners offer guidance for thinking outside the box to make a living in a rural setting or from home:
Rural Jobs: Make a Living in Your Rural Community or from a Homestead Business
Online Jobs from Home in the Digital Age
Running a Community-Supported Agriculture Business
Run a Cottage Food Business from Your Kitchen


Must-Try Tomatoes: Boost Flavor and Avoid Disease
Say goodbye to growing only your old standbys. Round out this season’s tomato patch with these expert-recommended picks that get high marks for flavor, vigor or disease resistance.

Raise Sheep: Low-Maintenance Livestock
Requiring less space and capital than cattle, sheep can provide homegrown, pastured meat with terrific flavor and a powerful nutrient profile.

DIY Greenhouse for Winter Growing
Growing food in this solar-heated structure will be far more productive than doing so with electric lights indoors. Plus, you can make it with low-cost materials.

Best Walls for Building a Home
Are straw bale, cordwood, cob or compressed-earth-block walls more sustainable than wood framing? This detailed analysis delivers a surprising answer.

How to Easily Grow High-Yielding Greens
Harvest more food from less space with less labor than ever before using this new “eat-all greens” method.


News from MOTHER
Solving our Planetary Predicament

Dear MOTHER: February/March 2016
Reader letters about inspiring market gardeners, the health benefits of bison, Tyson’s effects on Arkansas homeowners, the term “urban homesteading,” industrial egg products, forest burning, and more.

Green Gazette
More Problems with Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilizer
Try ‘Abundant Bloomsdale’ Spinach, a New Organic Seed Variety
Farm Insurance Now Available for Smaller and More Diverse Operations
Lycopene in Orange Tomatoes
Learn Sustainable Food Terms with the New Lexicon of Food
Texas Solar Power on the Rise
The Prized Roughwood Seed Collection Now Available to Gardeners

The Gardener’s Table: Kohlrabi and Rosemary
How to Grow and Cook Kohlrabi and Rosemary
Kohlrabi ‘Chips’ Recipe with Horseradish Cream
Kohlrabi Soup Recipe with Asian Flavors
Kohlrabi Gratin Recipe with Cheddar

Ask Our Experts

The Pitchfork Pulpit: Teaching Youth the Cycle of Life
Joel Salatin argues that ethical butchering offers young people a vital lesson in how to honor the sentient animal life that they’ve reared with respect.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
How to Build a Bluebird House
Small Homemade Compost Bins
Upcycled Coffee Table
Homemade Tool for Trimming Branches
How to Label Glass Jars
Easy-to-Clean Chicken Coop
Reusable, Light-Weight Pots
Find New Uses for Cat Litter Containers
Kitchen Tips: How to Keep Eyes from Watering When Cutting Onions and How to Reuse Vegetable Water
Elevated Planting Boxes from Free Wood Pallets
How to Make Orchids Reflower
Use a Silicone Lid to Cover Leftover Food
DIY Hanging-Basket Liner
Firm Goat Milk Yogurt Recipe
Simple Tip for Making Grape Juice

Earth Words
“No sun outlasts its sunset, but it will rise again and bring the dawn.”
—Maya Angelou