“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. (pg. 88, “Think Little”) (The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry)
Wendell Berry delivered this lecture as one of the three inaugural E. F. Schumacher Lectures in 1981. Farmer, poet, essayist Wendell Berry spoke about what links us to a home place and how that connection results in a "husbandry" that benefits people, land, and community.
Wendell Berry’s Elegy for John F
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Essential advice for the gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbor, and always make thyme for loved ones.