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After Apple-Planting

Our trees are unlikely to make a measurable difference in global carbon dioxide levels, and they will not do anything to hasten the end of the coronavirus pandemic, but according to Wendell Berry, these facts have nothing to do whatsoever with whether or not our decision to plant trees is, as Kerstin declared, good.

The Allure of Old Tools and Vintage Machinery: Memory, Meaning, and...

Building or re-building things taps into deep and elemental desires embedded in the human experience that in some shadowed sense mimic the Creator.

In Defense of Okra

I doubt okra tops many people’s list of garden must-haves, which is a shame since it is such a determined grower. Gardens are only guaranteed to produce one thing year in and year out: humility.

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?

Fitting into the Bigger Picture

Mayweed is a persistent gift that teaches me how to thrive in unlikely places.

The Growing Pains of a Small Farm: Kristin Kimball’s Good Husbandry...

In some ways Good Husbandry stands as a kind of bildungsroman for Essex Farm and, by extension, the support-your-local-farmer movement.

Tropical Fruits of the Lower Midwest

The maypop shows, however, that localism need not mean confining oneself to an austere and moralistic diet. If I cannot grow bananas and mangoes in the Ozarks, I can nonetheless harvest maypops.

Notes on a Mad Hunter’s Morality

The act of hunting makes hunters guilty—and so it makes them moral.

A Young Farmer’s Journey Toward Conservatism

By deciding to farm, I was unwittingly leaving the progressive dominion of my college’s campus, and sidestepping that of the urban centers to which most of my peers were destined.

Against Obsolescence

Family-centered trades are not only the most durable throughout history; they are also the ideal context by which parents can pass their values, faith and culture on to the next generation.