New Farmers, and an Old Debate: Mother Earth News, February-March

Last August, we took a look at Charles Komanoff's essay in Orion on the wind development debate. Turns out we weren't the only ones impressed by his argument: the latest issue of Mother Earth News contains an adapted version of the essay in which the author takes a thorough and nuanced view of wind power's supporters and detractors. For those interested in renewable energy on a smaller scale, writer Bob Ramlow details the benefits and drawbacks of one of the easiest ways to incorporate solar power into your home: solar hot water heating.

Of course, MEN has always focused on the rural life, and another feature article addresses another topic we've touched on: the growth of university and apprentice programs in organic and sustainable farming. Writer Jean English observes that these programs have come along at just the right time, with the current average age of America's farmers at 55 years old.

Other items of interest this time around include an article on building your home (and avoiding a mortgage payment), a how-to on enjoying homegrown tomatoes year-round, and birthday wishes for Farm Aid, which is celebrating its 21st year (and, according to founder Willie Nelson, is now legal). Pick up a copy of Mother Earth News at your local bookstore or newstand, or subscribe for mere $10. ::Mother Earth News, February-March 2007

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