Letter to a Young Farmer: How to Live Richly without Wealth by Gene Logsdon, Wendell Berry

By Gene Logsdon, Wendell Berry

Foreword via Wendell Berry

For greater than 4 a long time, the self-described “contrary farmer” and author Gene Logsdon has commented at the kingdom of yank agriculture. In Letter to a tender Farmer, his ultimate booklet of essays, Logsdon addresses the following generation―young people who find themselves relocating again to the land to get pleasure from a greater lifestyle as small-scale “garden farmers.” It’s a life-style that isn’t outlined by way of collecting wealth or through the “get immense or get out” agribusiness mind-set. in its place, it’s one who acknowledges the wonderful thing about nature, cherishes the land, respects our fellow creatures, and values rural traditions. It’s person who additionally seems ahead and embraces “right technologies,” together with new and cutting edge methods of operating smarter, now not tougher, and warding off untimely burnout.

Completed just a couple of weeks sooner than the author’s dying, Letter to a Young Farmer is a notable testomony to the lifestyles and knowledge of 1 of the best rural philosophers and writers of our time. Gene’s earthy wit and occasionally irreverent humor combines together with his worthwhile views on many wide-ranging subjects―everything from the best way to convey a ram who’s boss to having fun with the virtually churchlike calmness of a well-built cattle barn.

Reading this e-book is like sitting down at the porch with a neighbor who has realized the methods of farming via years of lengthy remark and perform. an individual, in brief, who has “seen all of it” and has a lot to claim, and lots more and plenty to coach us, if we simply take some time to pay attention and study. And Gene Logsdon used to be the simplest type of instructor: equivalent elements storyteller, idealist, and rabble-rouser. His imaginative and prescient of a state packed with backyard farmers, dependent in towns, cities, and countrysides, will resonate with many of us, either old and young, who lengthy to create a extra sustainable, significant lifestyles for themselves and a greater global for all of us.

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There are scores of farm organizations as a result of the diversity. Most of them, like the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), are relatively new, very activist, and growing in membership. The older Farm Bureau, National Farmers Organization (NFO), and National Farmers Union are three groups that try to gain members from all walks of farming life. Farm Bureau has traditionally been the organization of choice for the fatter cats, while the Farmers Union and NFO were safe harbors for those struggling to make their next land payment.

An opera based on and inspired by the lives of two of our most beloved agrarian homesteaders, Harlan and Anna Hubbard, made its debut. It was written by a young professional musician, Shawn Jaeger, and performed by trained singers and actors. Jaeger, at the time, was working at Hearty Roots Community Farm near Red Hook, New York, growing food for subscription-paying customers, a job he says he thoroughly enjoyed. ” Shawn was approached by Dawn Upshaw, the artistic director of Bard College Conservatory of Music, located not far from the farm, to write a piece of music for her to sing with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and secondly to write an opera for her students to perform at Bard.

I quit a good-salaried job for the same reason and that lost me more. But I did not feel sacrifice, only freedom to stay home and enjoy life. I didn’t like being afraid of getting fired for what I might say. I didn’t like forever watching the clock to tell me when I could go home to my real work. I didn’t like working for someone else or having other people work for me. Achieving the so-called American Dream made me unhappy. Garden farmers have other reasons for at least trying to reject The Economy.

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