Understanding the farm

This passage from Wendell Berry may be one of my favorite quotes of all time:

 “If one wishes to farm well, and agrarianism inclines to that wish above all, then one must submit to the unending effort to change one’s mind and ways to fit one’s farm.  This is hard education, which lasts all one’s life, never to be completed, and it almost certainly will involve mistakes.”

Recently, Wendell Berry has become a favorite author of mine.  I find myself intrigued by and drawn to his thoughtful outlook on farming and society.  His emphasis on acting locally and understanding the sacred elements of agrarianism and culture stir me.

Wendell Berry’s thoughtful statement on agriculture has a profound application for the field of agricultural communication.  For example, consider this slight twist on the quote above:

“If one wishes to [explain one’s point] well, and [communication] inclines to that wish above all, then one must submit to the unending effort to change one’s mind and ways to fit one’s [audience].  This is hard education, which lasts all one’s life, never to be completed, and it almost certainly will involve mistakes.”

For the ag communicator, this is one of the trying tasks in communication.  Yet, the rewards of this undertaking will undoubtedly yield a bountiful harvest.

–Abigail Maurer, Ag Comm Junior and Research Assistant

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One thought on “Understanding the farm

  1. Very good thoughts and connection between that quote and ag comm. Helping other people understand the farm is one of the most important parts of our job, because people need to know where their food comes from.

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