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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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Search Results for: seed catalogs
Might just have to have it: Yugoslavian Red lettuce from Cook’s Garden It’s so flattering. I feel positively courted at this time of year! Nope; I don’t have a line of suitors lining up at the back door…and if I … Continue reading
Collards in the morning Has anyone else noticed how early the seed catalogs are rolling into our mailboxes this year? I’d always considered these things to be a post-Christmas scourge, but I believe I got my first catalog around Halloween. … Continue reading
Sugarloaf chickory Many of us are poring over gardening catalogs at this time of year. It, admittedly, is a fun exercise, this paper gardening: such potential! Such success, if it’s all on paper! And not to knock all those catalogs … Continue reading
Thinking about next gardening season: need more winners like this golden self-blanching celery I am not sure what it is (the downseason that is winter? the after-Thanksgiving haze and post-feast fullness that is the refrigerator, reducing my need to cook … Continue reading
I’m a bit dissatisfied with what I find in this year’s seed catalogs. Maybe I am a seed snob. I think of all the flower/ornamental gardeners out there. Do they have an issue with seeds? I think it might be … Continue reading
Very dear to me The tone of my most recent post was rather flip. Granted, I do cast a jaundiced eye on most of the world, particularly the world of commerce (in this instance, seed catalogs), but on occasion I … Continue reading
‘Mama, these flowers don’t smell’: the kid with the parsnip umbrels last spring: as you can see, I’ll have enough parsnip seed next year It’s happening earlier every year: this inrush of seed catalogs into our mailboxes. Is it a … Continue reading
Why oh why did your catalog show up only YESTERDAY? My 2007 seed order is long past ordered and delivered! And you know I LOVE your catalog! I do apologize if this is simply the second catalog you’ve sent, and … Continue reading
This is an interesting thing. Obviously, I can and do post nearly daily…it’s just a good exercise for me; nothing more. But I do often wonder if I will run out of things to say–slash–get boring, or MORE boring, in … Continue reading
Bee balm (bergamot, monarda didyma) seed head Oh okay I was feeling pretty good about having made my seed order already. I knew more seed catalogs were coming, and today alone the mailbox had six (6!). I *love* Fedco, but … Continue reading
One place will be getting all my seed moolah this year. The problem, of course, with ordering from only one place is that later catalogs come along and you get tempted. I mean, do I really NEED Egyptian (Walking) Onions? … Continue reading
It’s a rushed late Tuesday afternoon of work deadlines, I am tired and not looking forward to making dinner, there’s a foot of lake-effect snow predicted to fall on the two feet already out there but I am (thankfully) … Continue reading
The end of the 2007 season Yesterday, I cleaned out the root cellar. Doesn’t that sound so very…retro? “Excuse me, but I need to step down to the root cellar.” To even HAVE a root cellar sounds so…foreign. But really. … Continue reading
For $1.98 per seed pack, these too can be yours! “Eat responsibly. [E]ating is an agricultural act….(consumers of food) must understand that eating takes place inescapably in the world, that it is inescapably an agricultural act, and that how we … Continue reading
Yesterday’s haul Despite my best efforts at being a determined ant, the end of the planting season approaches and I wonder what I was doing on all those grasshopper days. So much to do! Then I (re)remember that I go … Continue reading
It’s always Dog Days around here We’re getting our first sweet corn here (boiled exactly 2 minutes, enfolded in butter and eaten) and tomatoes, and we’re deep into blueberries and cherries, yet my thoughts are turning to the winter harvest … Continue reading