Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Agrarians

Granddaddy, approximately 1915

Happy Agriculture Day! 
Not familiar with National Agriculture Day?  Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.  Unfortunately, agriculture seems to be given little thought in our society...until there is a crisis. However, it was not always this way.

My ancestors lives were lived so closely intermingled with nature that I believe they had a special kinship with the natural world.  Their very foundation was built firmly on the Word of God and their agrarian past.

Unlike the mechanical, mass-producing ways of industrialization, a society built on farming and agriculture breeds true individualism in man, yet keeps a community interdependent and strong.

Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himself to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful.  Only then will the love of farm or country fill his heart.     ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.  ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

The first farmer was the first man.  All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land.  
    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cows are my passion.  What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and live entirely surrounded by cows ---and china.   ~ Charles Dickens

Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God, if He ever had a chosen people, whose breasts He has made His peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue.  ~Thomas Jefferson

Agriculture is the earliest and most honorable of arts.  ~ Rousseau

The one thing our Founding Fathers could not foresee -- they were farmers, professional men, businessmen giving of their time and effort to an idea that became a country -- was a nation governed by professional politicians who had an interest in getting re-elected.  They probably envisioned a fellow serving a couple of hitches and then eagerly looking forward to getting back to the farm.  ~ Ronald Reagan

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.  ~ John Greenleaf Whittier

Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man.  When tillage begins, other arts follow.  The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.  ~ Daniel Webster

Whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.  ~ Jonathan Swift

I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.  ~ George Washington

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