Wendell Wedesday: Jefferson and The Mad Farmer Manifesto

Good afternoon, and
Welcome back for Wendell Wednesday!
Today I am going to share an excerpt from a poem
that should strike home for everyone who is living or planning the dream of
their own homestead and a sustainable lifestyle.
from "The Mad Farmer Manifesto: The First Amendment"
by Wendell Berry
1.  "...it is not too soon to provide by every
possible means that as few as possible shall be
without a little portion of land.  The small
landholders are the most precious part of a state."
Jefferson, to Reverend James Madison, October 28, 1785

That is the glimmering vein
of our sanity, dividing from us
from the start: land under us
to steady us where we stood,
free men in the great communion
of the free.  The vision keeps
lighting in my mind, a window
on the horizon in the dark.

To be sane in a mad time
is bad for the brain, worse
for the heart.  The world
is a holy vision, had we clarity
to see it--a clarity that men
depend on men to make.

So, is your dream like Jefferson's, like Berry's?  Do you have, plan to have, or dream of having your own small piece of land where you can practice the practical and deep art of true husbandry?
Wise management of resources in the physical sense cannot but help produce stronger character in people.  Jefferson understood this, and so can you.  There is a goodness in getting back to the earth.
Join me next week, and in the meantime...
Be well, and enjoy the sunshine!

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