October 28, 2008


It's a truism of farm blogging that number of blog posts is inversely proportional to how much said farmer has going on. Suffice to say, these days, a lot of non-blogging going on.

But I'll leave you with a timely piece called Wendell Berry's time is now.

My favorite bit is the following

Mr. Berry is no agrarian ideologue and does not propose that everyone must farm or leave the city for the country. Rather, he argues that "everybody has agrarian responsibilities" meaning that wherever one lives, one is obliged to do so according to an ethic that places paramount importance on the cultivation of love and care for one's particular place, its people and its traditions and to resist all things that separate one from that responsibility, which is not chosen, yet required of all.

People today, he says, are involved "in a kind of lostness," in which we destroy the sources of our own lives without knowing what we're doing. "At the same time, many of the same people fear and mourn the destruction, which they can't stop because they have no practical understanding of its causes."

As the financial fiasco continues to unwind, we'll be hearing a lot more from him and his ilk. It's just too bad that their words weren't heeded before we flushed hundreds of billions of dollars down wall street's toilet.

For another dose of Wendell (and to let me clean out my bookmarks a bit), read In defense of the family farm.

Posted by rich at October 28, 2008 05:57 AM