MOTHER EARTH NEWS: October/November 2012

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More Than a Magazine … A Way of Life

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A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency
Providing high-quality food for your family year-round takes foresight and planning, plus healthy doses of commitment and follow-through. These charts and guidelines and our step-by-step plan will help you make it happen.


8 Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of
Great communities don’t just happen; they are created choice by choice, brick by brick — like the sturdy, historic buildings that proudly stand in many of the communities in this year’s edition of our annual feature, which celebrates cities that are setting a high standard for livability, sustainability and civic pride:

Golden, Colorado
Lawrence, Kansas
Red Lodge, Montana
Charleston, South Carolina
Hilo, Hawaii
Denton, Texas
Port Townsend, Washington
Dover, New Hampshire

Exciting News About Renewable Energy
The Earth’s renewable energy resources are vast and available to be tapped through visionary initiatives. If we adopt the right public policies, the world can shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2020.

How to Make Compost
Choose from the many easy ways to make compost for increased garden productivity: low-cost homemade bins, piles sans bins, chicken power, pest-proof tumblers — even indoor worm bins!

Passive Solar Design: Creating Sun-Inspired Homes
Architect Debra Rucker Coleman discusses the many benefits of working with the sun, and what to consider when building a home using passive solar design.


Got Frost? Grow On!
Low-Cost Garden Containers
Hunter as Naturalist
Gluten-Free Baking
Turn Old Sweaters Into Felt

News From MOTHER
World on the Edge

Reader letters about canning, butchering animals within city limits, Teflon-coated light bulbs, recreational horses, droughts and global warming, genetically modified foods, mules as draft animals, electric vehicle emissions, and more.

Green Gazette
How to Avoid Genetically Modified Food
Local Meat Processing: More Humane, Less Expensive Options
Imprelis Damage: Trees Die, DuPont Pays
Energy-Efficient Appliances: New Standards for Clothes Washers and Dishwashers
Meatpaper: A Magazine About All Things Meat-Related
Watch Food Videos Online With Food.Farmer.Earth
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Again Ranks as Readers’ Favorite

Crop at a Glance
Growing Raspberries
Tangy raspberries pair well with other fruits, add moisture to baked goods, delight in wine and tea — and make a marvelous match for chocolate! Here, learn how to plant and propagate several types and varieties.

Real Food
Best Pumpkin Varieties for Cooking
Pumpkin Purée Recipe
Perfect Pie Crust
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Soup in a Pumpkin!
Pumpkin Gnocchi With Sage Butter Recipe

Homestead Know-How
How to Buy Farmland, Even If You Think You Can’t
Born to farm but, alas, not born on a farm? Our guide to finding and buying your farm property details what questions you should ask, where to find reliable answers, and resources to help you obtain a farm loan.

Beautiful and Abundant
What’s Wrong With Living Forever?
Humanity’s search for immortality may be wrong-headed, with dramatic consequences for the environment, plants, animals — and you.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Homemade Sawbuck for Cutting Firewood
Leaf Compost Enriches Garden Soil
Inexpensive Pizza Stones
Tree Branch Coat Tree
Recycled Portable Table
Simple Birdhouse Plan
Potting Table From Wood Pallets
Homemade Mayo Tip
From Wine to Water
Saucer Sleds for Easy Moving
Sharing Success in a Vegetable Garden
Painting With Veggies

Natalie Angier