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MOTHER EARTH NEWS October - November 2018

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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Ogden Publications, Inc.
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memories, realities, and adaptation

When I was a kid, or at least the way I remember it, the vegetable gardens — the weeding of which I loathed — always seemed to deliver excessive bounty. Whether it was winter squash, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, or zucchini, we always had plenty to eat, put up, and pack away in the cellar. We didn’t keep much of an orchard then, but we’d purchase apples by the bushel and glean crabapples from neighbors’ trees. My folks tended to buy potatoes and onions in bulk from local, more specialized growers. Our sweet corn came by similar means. But what I remember most about those seasons at the beginning of my path is the overwhelming bounty. Even as I embarked on my own adventures, my gardens overflowed with abandon. I had more…

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editors’ pick

Just Getting Started I’ve known I was interested in natural agriculture since I was 16 years old. MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been a huge source of inspiration for me, and has taught me so much. After reading the articles in this superb magazine, I’ve been able to take my interests and turn them into real-world projects. Joel Salatin’s advice in “The Pitchfork Pulpit” has been very educational and motivating for a sustainable agriculture fan like myself. I look forward to his advice every issue. The lessons in this magazine have all helped to guide and grow my interests in natural agriculture. I would really like to learn more about gardening and raising livestock from MOTHER EARTH NEWS, because I’m just getting started in these areas, and have limited experience. Daniel de Kroon British Columbia,…

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dear mother

“MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the only magazine I subscribe to now; it’s the only one to which I feel a strong connection.” Living Remotely Almost 20 years ago, I realized that I needed to get away from the highly dogmatic, materialistic, and unsustainable American lifestyle, and have some room to think. This realization led me to quit my high-paying and high-stress job, sell my house, and move with my wife and children to a small and remote island in southeastern Alaska. It took many years to establish our family in this new way of life. My wife and I, along with a close family friend, started and operated what eventually became the highest-rated tourist business in Alaska. We operated the business for a number of years, and each year was more successful than…

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shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce

The EWG tested thousands of produce samples, discovering 230 different pesticides and trace agricultural chemicals, and dramatic differences in the toxin loads of different fruits and vegetables. For instance, more than 98 percent of the sampled strawberries, cherries, and apples tested positive for at least one kind of pesticide, but less than 1 percent of avocados and sweet corn samples were contaminated. Spinach is also surprisingly loaded with pesticides; samples showed it contained almost twice the pesticide residue per weight as other crops. This year’s publication also addresses the assumption that washing or peeling conventionally grown produce eliminates all traces of pesticide residue. In fact, over 70 percent of the sampled produce remained contaminated after washing or peeling. While some readers might see these findings as a reason to avoid eating fresh…

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community food

Kevin and Cherie Schenker live and work on several hundred acres of prairie in southeast Kansas, near land that’s been farmed by Cherie’s family since 1874. The task of tending this land passed to the Schenkers in 2008, which led them to establish their own cattle operation, Schenker Family Farms. Kevin and Cherie aim to steward their land humanely; their animals graze on specialty grasses and their farm is Certified Naturally Grown. Plus, they’ve worked to have a positive impact on their communities both globally and locally. Since 2010, they’ve partnered with Adopt-a-Platoon to ship their products to soldiers stationed overseas. And in 2017, they opened McCune Farm to Market, a small grocery store and café, to serve as a community hub and alleviate the surrounding food desert. In this interview, Cherie…

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mother’s product picks

Sturdy Wheel Hoe From $239 at www.ValleyOakTool.com If your farm or garden is too small for a tractor but too big for hand tools alone, the Valley Oak Wheel Hoe has you covered. This versatile tool accepts multiple quick-change attachments, such as a furrower, a cultivator, a hiller, and multiple weeding blade assemblies. The ability to switch out attachments without tools is something that editor Russell Mullin appreciates; simply pull out the pin, remove your attachment, and replace with another. “I really like that Valley Oak uses quick-release pins instead of nuts and bolts for attaching the various implements. I don’t have to worry about forgetting my wrench back in the toolshed if I decide to switch attachments out in the field.” Made in the United States for the past 28 years, the…