Debt-Free Farming

By Mark T. Mitchell for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC

Over at The American Conservative website, Glenn Arbery writes of a farmer who seeks to remain as independent and self-sufficient as possible. But it has not been easy. Nevertheless,

These are the kinds of farmers conservatives ought to celebrate. Not only do they raise excellent beef, but they have a daily virtue that has nothing to do with “environmentalism” in the abstract. They have consciences, not causes. They understand themselves as answerable to the natures of the things given into their care. They fear that what they have learned will not be passed on, except perhaps to Harris’s grandson. To lose the knowledge would be a loss worse than the fire. Scannell thinks about it all the time.

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