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Wisdom from the sage
"We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it."
--from an essay in "The Long-Legged House"
"The word agriculture, after all, does not mean "agriscience," much less "agribusiness." It means "cultivation of land." And cultivation is at the root of the sense both of culture and of cult. The ideas of tillage and worship are thus joined in culture. And these words all come from an Indo-European root meaning both "to revolve" and "to dwell." To live, to survive on the earth, to care for the soil, and to worship, all are bound at the root to the idea of a cycle. It is only by understanding the cultural complexity and largeness of the concept of agriculture that we can see the threatening diminishments implied by the term "agribusiness."
"Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating."
--both the above are from essays in "The Art of the Commonplace: Agrarian Essays"
Is this so hard to believe?
"An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor, or Ba'al, or The Golden Calf. As has been said before, we are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further," Richard Dawkins, 2002.
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Rosemary in the greenhouse
I worked in the greenhouse quite a bit this weekend. Sometimes, the child helped. Sometimes, the husband helped. I looked up at one point and thought: this stupid tunnel of plastic and metal, wood and dirt, makes me so happy.
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I’m envious. I’ve been waiting and waiting for the snow in my backyard to melt so I can start working on the new garden plot. After today and the rain we’re supposed to get I’m on my way finally. Soil sampling/testing here we come! 🙂
Keep up the good work. Love your blog. I need to keep my own more up to date.
Makes perfect sense to me. I put in 5 blueberry bushes this weekend. Not a big effort, but…. seeing the tiny, pale green leaves is a joy.
You need it.
I’m happy for you.
Oh I love those moments with the family working together outdoors. Glad you had a happy weekend El.
Jason: Hey, welcome. I think it’s a really exciting time to start gardens and green lifestyles: now, at least, you’ve got a lot of company!
Hayden: green leaves? (We’re so far away from that…)
CC: I swear I could spend my whole day in there. Hmm: I never tested to see if my wireless innanets go out that far: I know I get a signal in the chicken coop (don’t ask).
Angie: Thanks! I did have a bit of family fun. Although it IS supposed to be cold the next 16 days…argh, well, looks like we’ll only be working in the greenhouse then.
Oh… you broke my heart here with this post. Your greenhouse is a simple structure, but it holds your heart and your hopes and so much of your good work.
I don’t have a greenhouse, but I relate.