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MOTHER EARTH NEWSMOTHER EARTH NEWS

MOTHER EARTH NEWS February - March 2019

MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine is the Original Guide to Living Wisely. Launched in 1970, each bimonthly issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS features practical and money-saving information on cutting energy costs; using renewable energy; organic gardening; green home building and remodeling; fun do-it-yourself projects; and conscientious, self-sufficient lifestyles

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United States
Língua:
English
Editora:
Ogden Publications, Inc.
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community and belonging

I’ve never been real good at joining organizations or movements, but, more or less fortuitously, I have found myself surrounded by a group of similarly minded folks from time to time. Whether it was a farmers market organization, an alternative-grazing strategy group, or a heritage livestock and heirloom seeds society, I’ve certainly benefitted from the well-meaning embrace of folks who’ve found my work to be interesting, or whose work I’ve found to be inspiring. And even though my default is to melt into the landscape at our ranch when I need to recharge, either alone or with Joanna, it’s good to know that I’m not truly alone in the way that I approach a good life. And so it is with our business here at Ogden Publications. We’re committed to the…

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editors’ pick

Gardening Gifts Beverly Peterson’s letter about sharing the bounty of her garden (Dear MOTHER, December 2018/January 2019) inspired me to write in with my own story. I too am in my early 80s, so I share Beverly’s struggle of gardening as easily as I once did. Even so, with the help of my husband, I still maintain 11 raised garden beds in our backyard. In those beds, I grow lettuce, sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, onions, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupes, and more. Of course, we don’t eat all this food on our own; we share with all our neighbors. Whatever our neighbors don’t need, I take to our local food bank. Recently, I brought 12 gallons of grapes, five cantaloupes, and a 3-gallon bucket of sweet potatoes to the food bank. I can’t stand to…

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dear mother

“Every time I introduce someone new to MOTHER EARTH NEWS, they’re instantly inspired to pursue healthy living, organic farming, and righteous business.” Therapeutic Planting I’m proud to report that our little garden — just under an acre — is steadily producing 700 pounds of heirloom, beefsteak, and cherry tomatoes; 1,000 pounds of zucchini and acorn squash; 300 pounds of slicing cucumbers; and 100 pounds of various ‘Anaheim,’ bell, and jalapeño peppers. Not too shabby for some amateurs! I’m sure professionals could get more, but our work in the garden feeds the men in our correctional facility, so I’d say that’s something to be proud of. We even have enough leftovers to donate to the local food bank; because of our gardening, they have more than enough to help those in the community who…

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flexible solar panels for any roof

More affordable panels guarantee shorter payback periods; most people recover their initial costs in just 6 to 8 years, according to solar marketplace EnergySage (www.EnergySage.com). However, even if a property owner is prepared to go solar, not every roof is spacious enough, strong enough, or shaped in the right way to accommodate a large solar installation. Solar manufacturer Sunflare has a solution for such structures: resilient thin-film solar panels that are installed with a special double-sided tape. Sunflare’s flat, waterproof panels are made without frames, racks, or glass; can be walked on; and can be made to fit any shape. Producing these panels requires less energy than producing glass and silicon panels, and, at 1.7 millimeters thick, they’re more flexible; you can bend and curve each panel’s backing to suit the…

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‘container’ gardening

Inside three shipping containers on the campus of The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, cadets are learning how to grow lettuce crops in a controlled indoor “farm” setting, producing organic produce in an environment that can withstand unpredictable weather conditions and disease. The cadets’ hands-on education comes from The Citadel Sustainability Project, in which the first container functions as a hydroponic cultivation system for lettuce crops, the second container is a testing ground for various growing systems, and the third container will be outfitted by cadets who design and build the growing equipment as part of a corresponding independent study. The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence initiated the project in 2016 as an interdisciplinary collaboration. Of the 20 or so students who are members of the Sustainability Club, several…

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lighting with battery power

There are all kinds of preparedness information available that cover long-term food storage, emergency medical care, vegetable gardening, raising chickens, water storage, and self-defense. I encourage everyone to learn more about these topics. Unfortunately, most emergency power advice is limited to using emergency generators or a cart-mounted inverter with small internal battery. A generator is just a boat anchor once it runs out of fuel, and a combination battery/inverter unit cannot power any major appliance more than a few hours before its battery is totally drained. There is almost no discussion about using battery-powered devices, yet they are perfect for extended power outages. I do not advocate spending thousands of dollars converting your entire home to solar power. However, there are many low-cost ways to use battery-powered appliances and lighting, and…

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