Douglas R. Fox

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Doug Fox is a Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Unity College in central Maine where he’s been cultivating environmental stewards for 30 years.

Recent Essays

Meditation in a Local Orchard

Do I know by pruning the tree, picking the apples, and eating them? Perhaps, Pickstock proposes, truth is what we find when we act in the world. Our true condition is that we are beings who pick apples and prune trees.

Streams, Trees, and People: Reflections on the Analogy of Being

If we can foster a freedom to flourish rather than our modern freedom of choice, and if we can recognize versions of a common good appropriate to different real entities of social order from the family to the town to the nation, integrated with the rest of nature at scales from the local and regional to the biosphere, then the need to impose order through laws and regulations is minimized, replaced by deliberative, cooperative action towards a common good.

Restoring Ideas and Structures: A Review of The Right to Repair

For readers exhausted by the seemingly intractable erosion of society by powerful forces, Perzanowski, has, thankfully, included many tales of heroic and insurgent successes sure to inspire readers, and his treatment of cultural history related to planned obsolescence, consumerism, and repair makes for an intriguing story with plenty of sociological insights that will improve its readers’ self-understanding.

John Deere and the Ox-Cart Man

How might we recognize and adopt a vision for the future of agriculture inspired by the beauty and goodness of the ox-cart man?