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 many years, the self-described “contrary farmer” and author Gene Logsdon has commented at the nation of yank agriculture. In Letter to a tender Farmer, his ultimate ebook 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 way of life that isn’t outlined through amassing wealth or by way of the “get significant or get out” agribusiness frame of mind. in its place, it’s person who acknowledges the great thing about nature, cherishes the land, respects our fellow creatures, and values rural traditions. It’s one who additionally appears ahead and embraces “right technologies,” together with new and leading edge methods of operating smarter, no longer tougher, and keeping 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 existence 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 worthy views on many wide-ranging subjects―everything from tips to convey a ram who’s boss to having fun with the virtually churchlike calmness of a well-built farm animals 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 statement and perform. an individual, in brief, who has “seen all of it” and has a lot to assert, and masses to coach us, if we basically make the effort to pay attention and study. And Gene Logsdon was once the simplest form of instructor: equivalent components storyteller, idealist, and rabble-rouser. His imaginative and prescient of a state jam-packed with backyard farmers, established in towns, cities, and countrysides, will resonate with many of us, either old and young, who lengthy to create a extra sustainable, significant existence for themselves and a greater international for all of us.

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Letter to a Young Farmer: How to Live Richly without Wealth on the New Garden Farm

Foreword by way of Wendell Berry

For greater than 4 a long time, the self-described “contrary farmer” and author Gene Logsdon has commented at the kingdom of yankee agriculture. In Letter to a tender Farmer, his ultimate ebook of essays, Logsdon addresses the subsequent generation―young those who are relocating again to the land to take pleasure in a greater lifestyle as small-scale “garden farmers. ” It’s a way of life that isn’t outlined via gathering wealth or via the “get gigantic or get out” agribusiness mind-set. as a substitute, it’s person who acknowledges the great thing about nature, cherishes the land, respects our fellow creatures, and values rural traditions. It’s person who additionally appears to be like ahead and embraces “right technologies,” together with new and cutting edge methods of operating smarter, now not more durable, and warding off untimely burnout. accomplished just a couple of weeks ahead of the author’s dying, Letter to a tender Farmer is a outstanding testomony to the lifestyles and knowledge of 1 of the best rural philosophers and writers of our time. Gene’s earthy wit and infrequently irreverent humor combines together with his important views on many wide-ranging subjects―everything from the best way to exhibit a ram who’s boss to having fun with the virtually churchlike calmness of a well-built farm animals barn. examining this e-book is like sitting down at the porch with a neighbor who has discovered the methods of farming via years of lengthy commentary and perform. a person, in brief, who has “seen all of it” and has a lot to claim, and masses to coach us, if we in basic terms make an effort to pay attention and research. And Gene Logsdon used to be the simplest type of instructor: equivalent components storyteller, idealist, and rabble-rouser. His imaginative and prescient of a country packed with backyard farmers, dependent in towns, cities, and countrysides, will resonate with many folks, either old and young, who lengthy to create a extra sustainable, significant lifestyles for themselves and a greater international for we all.

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In his spare wintertime, right now as I write, Matt works part-time in an auto repair shop and keeps a few chickens and livestock on his home place. Nelson is more of a garden farmer with a few acres populated with chickens, sheep, a cow or two, a horse or two, and quite a herd of used machinery, which he keeps accumulating in hopes that someday he’ll be able to buy more land. He works in town for a tire service business and has already bought another ten acres. Although their farm situations are economically far apart, Matt and Nelson’s home lives are similar.

To get some of it, be prepared to practice the contrariness and obstinacy of a Corriedale ram. Land is such a precious thing that China is making more of it, dredging up the ocean floor to make new islands. Some contrary garden farmers are doing something similar, literally making their own soil out of composted wastes and farming it in hoophouses. Government and wealthy benefactors can help finance new ideas in farming, which is good, but neither entity offers the best help for you as an individual.

Avoid long-distance travel as much as you can. It costs lots of money, and we are approaching a time when we will all be able to “travel” anywhere in the world (and beyond) inside computer headsets. One of the money-making advantages of husbandry is that it limits the amount of traveling you can do. You have animals to take care of. And they seem to know when you are away and that’s when they get out. Staying home is not much of a sacrifice for garden farmers anyway. One of the signs of a true farmer is a preference for staying home.

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