Farming Quotes (8 quotes)
Across the road from my cabin was a huge clear-cuthundreds of acres of massive spruce stumps interspersed with tiny Douglas firsproducts of what they call Reforestation, which I guess makes the spindly firs en masse a Reforest, which makes an individual spindly fir a Refir, which means you could say that Weyerhauser, who owns the joint, has Refir Madness, since they think that sawing down 200-foot-tall spruces and replacing them with puling 2-foot Refirs is no different from farming beans or corn or alfalfa. They even call the towering spires they wipe from the Earth's face forever a crop--as if they'd planted the virgin forest! But I'm just a fisherman and may be missing some deeper significance in their nomenclature and stranger treatment of primordial trees.
Agriculture is something like farming; only farming is doing it.
Domesticated biotechnology, once it gets into the hands of housewives and children, will give us an explosion of diversity of new living creatures New lineages will proliferate to replace those that monoculture farming and deforestation have destroyed. Designing genomes will be a personal thing, a new art form as creative as painting or sculpture. Few of the new creations will be masterpieces, but a great many will bring joy to their creators and variety to our fauna and flora.
Farm animals feel pleasure and sadness, excitement and resentment, depression, fear, and pain. They are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined They are individuals in their own right.
Nature without learning is a blind thing, and learning without nature is an imperfect thing, and practice without both is an ineffective thing. Just as in farming, first of all the soil must be good, secondly, the husbandman skilful, and thirdly, the seed sound, so, after the same manner, nature is like to the soil, the teacher to the farmer and the verbal counsels precepts like to the seed.
Ploughing deep, your recipe for killing weeds, is also the recipe for almost every good thing in farming. We now plough horizontally following the curvatures of the hills and hollows, on the dead level, however crooked the lines may be. Every furrow thus acts as a reservoir to receive and retain the waters, all of which go to the benefit of the growing plant, instead of running off into streams In point of beauty nothing can exceed that of the waving lines and rows winding along the face of the hills and vallies.
We are not here to abuse and exploit other creatures. We are here to live and help live. Every meal is part of the journey.
When the practice of farming spread over the earth, mankind experienced its first population explosion.