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by Wendell Berry

Category: Essays and Correspondence
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Wendell Berry
ISBN: 1582434840
ISBN13: 978-1582434841
Language: English
Publisher: Counterpoint (May 1, 2009)
Pages: 304
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Writer and farmer Wendell Berry is known for his clarity and wisdom In any particular region, Berry tells us, there is a limit beyond which a farm outgrows the attention and affection of a single owner.

Writer and farmer Wendell Berry is known for his clarity and wisdom. This collection from 1982 is not a hiccough in that summation. Though in his mind there is no such silly bifurcation. In any particular region, Berry tells us, there is a limit beyond which a farm outgrows the attention and affection of a single owner. Keenly aware of the living interplay between their own topography and the many acts of nature which condition it, the small farmers’ sense of place becomes ingrained.

Most of the essays in this book are memorable, quotable and just plain good

Jun 02, 2015 Joe rated it it was amazing. The third of these facets is the subject of this book. May 17, 2018 Amy rated it it was amazing. Most of the essays in this book are memorable, quotable and just plain good. Down to earth, you might say. The final one, "the Gift of Good Land" is classic.

Gift of Good Land Trb : Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural. In the twenty-four essays of this collection, Well Berry stresses the carefully modulated harmonics of indivisibility in culture and agriculture, the interdepence, the wholeness, the oneness, of man, animals, the land, the weather, and the family.

Wendell Berry The prolific poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry is a fifth-generation native of north central Kentucky. Berry taught at Stanford University; traveled to Italy and France on a Guggenheim Fellowship; and taught at New York University and the University of Kentucky, Lexington, before moving to Henry County. Berry owns and operates Lanes Landing Farm, a small, hilly piece of property on the Kentucky River. He embraced full-time farming as a career, using horses and organic methods to tend the land

And stewardship is hopeless and meaningless unless it involves long-term courage, perseverance, devotion, and . Satisfaction rises out of the flow of time. Wendell Berry, The Gift of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural.

And stewardship is hopeless and meaningless unless it involves long-term courage, perseverance, devotion, and skill. This skill is not to be confused with any accomplishment or grace of spirit or of intellect. It has to do with everyday proprieties in the practical use and care of the created things - with "right livelihood. tags: creation, stewardship, vocation.

He develops the compelling argument that the "gift" of good land has strings attached: the recipient has it. .Wendell Berry The prolific poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry is a fifth-generation native of north central Kentucky

He develops the compelling argument that the "gift" of good land has strings attached: the recipient has it only as long as he practices responsible stewardship. Wendell Berry The prolific poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry is a fifth-generation native of north central Kentucky.

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Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural. The essays in The Gift of Good Land describe Wendell Berry's journeys to the highlands of Peru, the deserts of southern Arizona, and Amish Ohio to study traditional agricultural practices. They expand on issues first raised in The Unsettling of America. Praise for The Gift of Good Land. These books are the kind that you spend months with, hate to give up, and plan to return to soon and often.

Wendell Berry," Winterthur Portfolio 19, no. 1 (Spring, 1984): 102-104. Quill and Graver Bound: Frakturschrift Calligraphy, Devotional Manuscripts, and Penmanship Instruction in German Pennsylvania, 1755–1855. Of all published articles, the following were the most read within the past 12 months. Exchange Cards: Advertising, Album Making, and the Commodification of Sentiment in the Gilded Age. Black. Sculpture and Spectacle: Horatio Greenough’s Christ and Lucifer. Henry Dreyfuss and Bell Telephones.

Bibliographic Details. Title: THE GIFT OF GOOD LAND,; further essays. They provide expert and detailed descriptions, disclose all significant defects and/or restorations, provide clear and accurate pricing, and operate with fairness and honesty during the purchase experience. Publisher: North Point Press, San Francisco. Publication Date: 1981. Visa, MC, American Express accepted. Shipping Terms: Shipping costs are based on books weighing . LB, or 1 KG.

The essays in The Gift of Good Land are as true today as when they were first published in 1981; the problems addressed here are still true and the solutions no nearer to hand. The insistent theme of this book is the interdependence, the wholeness, the oneness of people, land, weather, animals, and family. To touch one is to tamper with them all. We live in one functioning organism whose separate parts are artificially isolated by our culture. Here, Berry develops the compelling argument that the “gift” of good land has strings attached. We have it only on loan and only for as long as we practice good stewardship.

Comments to eBook The Gift of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural
Whitemaster
Very interesting to the layperson (city type). Much to think about that was never considered. I have passed this around to several with similar comments. All found this very informative. There may not be anything "spectacular or noteworthy" to a farm type person, but was a real eye-opener to us. Highly recommended for those who know nothing about farming, just for general thoughts about what is done and should be done on a farm.
Conjuril
Writer and farmer Wendell Berry is known for his clarity and wisdom. This collection from 1982 is not a hiccough in that summation. However, this particular book may be slightly less accessible to general readers in that the emphasis is more on the "Agri" than the "Cultural." Though in his mind there is no such silly bifurcation. The first part contains essays about his visits to farms in Peru and the American Southwest, as well as an essay about the native grasses of his home state of Kentucky. From there the topics range from the pleasures and practicalities of using actual horsepower on farms to protesting against a nuclear reactor all the way to the essay from which the book draws its name. That essay alone (a theological study of land stewardship) is worth the price of the book.

All in all, these are excellent essays, but as many of them were drawn from farming journals, may find less of an audience. However, that should not stop anyone, suburbanite nor city dweller, from reading this fine, fine collection. "To see and respect what is there is the first duty of stewardship." --from "The Native Grasses and What They Mean."
Bandiri
Entertaining and thought provoking essays on sustainable agriculture and living close to the land. The life that was so common in our country until after WWII. Very worthwhile read.
Wiliniett
I love Wendell Berry. This is a book I have on my shelf and have purchased several as gifts for others.
Anazan
I just became acquainted with Wendell Berry's work recently and have only read a couple of his books. His is a sane voice in an insane world. He is a man I would love to meet and talk with.
Zyniam
Published over 30 years ago, I have just read these collected essays for the first time and they are a revelation. I read a book of Wendell Berry’s poetry back in the ‘70’s or 80’s and was impressed by his tone of reverence for the mysteries of soil and the life which springs from it. But I had long since decided that a landed life was not for me so I moved on to other writers. When people spoke of “love of the land” or “sense of place” I didn’t know what they were talking about and I didn’t know enough to care. Other than the ground my house sits on, my own patch of land measures roughly the size of 2 banquet tables. I have enjoyed my landless life and have no intention of giving it up now. But—I’d be a dim bulb indeed not to see, in the stewards of soil presented here, that I have been missing something.

The Gift of Good Land was written in tribute to the small-scale farmer because “small-scale agriculture is virtually synonymous with good agriculture”. Mr. Berry gives evidence of this principle by introducing us to about a dozen small farmers whose varied practices are intimately tied to the specific nature of their given piece of earth. The Peruvian who cultivates steep and rocky terrain on a mountainside high in the Andes uses a type of “hoe farming” that has sustained his family and their Inca forbears across centuries. The Amish continue to farm small holdings because their horse-drawn implements limit the acreage they are able to plant and harvest. And yet their farms remain abundant and profitable generation after generation.

In their small agriculture, these men and women come to know the unique habits of their land in ways that industrial farmers with their massive “acre eaters” never can. In any particular region, Berry tells us, there is a limit beyond which a farm outgrows the attention and affection of a single owner. Keenly aware of the living interplay between their own topography and the many acts of nature which condition it, the small farmers’ sense of place becomes ingrained. Because they know their land and love it, they learn to sense its needs and harvest potential acre by acre or even yard by yard. It responds to their mindful cultivation with a bounty that does not deplete the earth.

And for all that, there is virtually no public appreciation for the disciplines necessary to good farming. The good farmer, along with the bad, is “typically regarded as a drudge without learning, a hick without dignity.”

I didn’t buy this book from Amazon—I picked it up at a library bin sale. I’m taking time to write this review because I want other readers to know that, over 30 years later, the wisdom in these pages has not lost relevance and has, perhaps, gained in urgency. It would be hard to come up with a better companion piece to the Pope’s latest encyclical (the one about climate change). Wendell Berry is no Bible thumper. But that did not stop him from making his own case for the proper Christian approach to agriculture and the conservation of resources.

In the final chapter he advocates for an ethic that esteems perseverance in un-heroic tasks equally with the grand action. He wonders whether the work of real stewardship, like real prayer and real charity, must be done in secret. These are his concluding words: “To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of the Creation. When we do this knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, it is a sacrament. When we do it ignorantly, greedily, clumsily, destructively, it is a desecration. In such desecration we condemn ourselves to spiritual and moral loneliness, and others to want.”

I think I need to read more Wendell Berry.
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