Planting Radishes: A Place to Begin

Planting Radishes: A Place to Begin

“Agriculture isn’t like other skills, where the pupil has to spend an exhausting amount of time at his lessons before his work is of a high enough quality to earn him a living. No, agriculture isn’t awkward to learn like that: all you need is to watch people working...
How Nature Provides for Us

How Nature Provides for Us

“Therefore nature, if it produces nothing incomplete or in vain, necessarily has done all these things for the sake of human beings.” Aristotle, Politics What are ‘all these things’ of which Aristotle speaks here that nature has done? By the order of nature plants...
Cleaving the Earth with a Plow

Cleaving the Earth with a Plow

“The farmer cleaves the earth with his curved plow. This is his yearlong work, thus he sustains His homeland, thus his little grandchildren, His herds and trusty bullocks. Never a pause!” Virgil, The Georgics A man puts a plow in the earth. Behind a horse. He knows...
The Best Manure

The Best Manure

“We must observe what parts of the land must be manured, how the manure is to be applied, and the best kind to use; for there are several varieties. Cassius states that the best manure is that of birds, except marsh- and sea-fowl; and that the dung of pigeons is the...
The Mother of All Arts

The Mother of All Arts

“Whoever it was who said that agriculture is the mother and nurse of all other arts was right, because when agriculture is faring well, all the other arts are strengthened too; but wherever the land is forced into barrenness, all the other arts, whether based on land...

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