MOTHER EARTH NEWS October - November 2020

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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3 min.
adapting to change

A few years ago, I wrote about losing a big chunk of a basil crop to mildew one particularly humid spring and summer. We resolved to procure many different types of basil from many different seed sources, and mix their seed with the seed of the few plants we grew that year that didn’t succumb to mildew. The following year, we planted the mixture of seed by scattering it in beds from which we intended to select seed from some mildew-resistant survivors. It was an interesting year, with very little mildew pressure — we wound up with a lot of basil for cooking, drying, and freezing. Joanna’s approach to saving the basil seed was simply to let the flowers mature and dry down, and then cut them before the seed shattered…

11 min.
dear mother

EDITORS’ PICK Environmental Epiphany Congratulations on your 50th anniversary! You, along with Rodale’s Organic Gardening and Farming, were my bibles back in the day. In 1973, I was in my second year at the University of South Florida, where I belonged to a group that planned a community garden. This project fell flat, since I was the only one willing to work. From there, I had an epiphany about my future, changed my major to agriculture, changed schools, and became part of the back-to-the-land movement. The early issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS helped me find work in 1974 on a small farm in Tennessee. The information and stories from like-minded individuals also inspired and helped me continue to learn. I saved all those back issues. Ever since that epiphany, I’ve grown a significant part…

7 min.
farmworkers strike for pandemic protections

According to the Environmental Working Group, as of mid-July, only eight states have mandatory protections in place for farmworkers, including personal protective equipment, distancing requirements, disinfection, testing, and housing and transportation adjustments. Other states have issued recommendations for these types of protections to stop the spread, but many don’t have any guidance or laws in place to prevent outbreaks and protect workers on the frontlines. In some places, farmworkers have gone on strike to protest the lack of protections, demanding safer conditions and higher pay. In Yakima County, Washington, hundreds of farmworkers went on strike in May, demanding protective supplies and higher pay. Their collective action prompted a wave of protests throughout the region, with workers walking off their jobs, rallying outside the state capitol, and filing complaints to the Department…

5 min.
our campaign for natural landscaping

Several years ago, my husband and I decided to reduce the amount of lawn we were mowing. Our children had grown up and moved out, and we no longer needed a large area for playing catch or otherwise spending pent-up energy. Our first decision was to mow pathways through the lawn, letting large patches grow meadow-like. Unfortunately, as much as we enjoyed the look, feel, and sound of this, we found that it was illegal. At the time, the Ohio Revised Code stated that our “lawn” could be no taller than 12 inches. I tried laying it down flat, but I was told it was technically still too long and needed to be mowed. My heart broke as we had a friend mow it for us, laying waste to what had become…

3 min.
them that’s doin’

Laura’s Labor of Love “A labor of love” is how we refer to my garden. And while I’m not new to gardening, it’s been 20 years since I last had one. I’ve experienced gardening on a whole new level, as I’m already harvesting produce. My husband built me garden boxes with greenhouse hoops over them so we could have a longer growing season, since ours in northwestern Montana is so short. The results were stunning; I have a late-season garden in July. And we’re already harvesting produce from the garden. We’re not only enjoying the bounty, such as squash and lettuce, but I’m also learning new methods of preserving food for our long winters, such as dehydrating and freezing. I’ve found this garden experience to be a truly satisfying labor of…

1 min.
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