Why should conservationists have a positive interest in… farming? There are lots of reasons but the plainest is: Conservationists eat.
We cannot know the whole truth which belongs to God alone but our task nevertheless is to seek to know what is true. And if we offend gravely enough against what we know to be true as by failing badly enough to deal affectionately and responsibly with our land and our neighbors truth will retaliate with ugliness poverty and disease.
The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it or to escape what is bad in it. But we will escape it only by adding something better to it.
It is a horrible fact that we can read in the daily paper without interrupting our breakfast numerical reckonings of death and destruction that ought to break our hearts or scare us out of our wits.
I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world and am free.
To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd.
Urban conservationists may feel entitled to be unconcerned about food production because they are not farmers. But they can’t be let off so easily for they are all farming by proxy.
The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.
To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
I am not bound for any public place but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.
Whether we and our politicians know it or not Nature is party to all our deals and decisions and she has more votes a longer memory and a sterner sense of justice than we do.