Archives For Wes Jackson

 

Today [ August 5th] is Wendell Berry’s 77th birthday!!!

Wendell Berry

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Most of our readers know that his work is pretty important to the way we at the ERB think about both church and culture.

So, to celebrate his birthday, we’ve pulled together a bunch of reviews and other materials that we’ve run in the ERB over the last few years…

 


 

***First of all, you will want to
Download these Mp3’s of Wendell reading his poetry
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On Wednesday November 10, 2010, Indiana University hosted a conversation with Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson that was moderated by Bloomington’s own agrarian writer Scott Russell Sanders.

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What follows is part two (of two) of a good quality audience recording of this very special event…

PART ONE of this interview is available here, if you missed it…

Enjoy!

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“The Gospel of the Land”

A review of
Consulting the Genius of the Place:
An Ecological Approach to the New Agriculture
.
By Wes Jackson.

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

Consulting the Genius of the Place:
An Ecological Approach to the New Agriculture
.
By Wes Jackson.

Hardback: Counterpoint, 2010.

Buy now: [ Amazon ]

CONSULTING THE GENIUS OF THE PLACE - Wes JacksonWes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, has been of the leading voices of the agrarian movement over the last four decades.  And yet, his books are relatively unknown.  This fate, however, is perhaps about to change, with the recent release of what is perhaps his finest work, Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to the New Agriculture.   The themes of place, biodiversity and the virtues of perennial plants that have abounded in Jackson’s previous books converge in Jackson’s thorough argument for a new approach to agriculture that is dictated not by market economies or agribusiness but rather by the land and ecology of a given place.  Jackson’s argument is fairly simple: humanity needs to learn to shift our agricultural efforts away from large-scale monoculture operations which contribute to the catastrophic effects of erosion and of the chemicals in the fertilizers and pesticides that such monocultures demand.  Instead, he argues, we should return to diverse plantings that include perennial crops and that fit with the land, climate and other ecological features of our particular places.  He says in the book’s preface:  “As our minds sweep over the past and back to the present, I want them to center on the natural ecosystems still with us as our primary teachers.  They are our source of hope.  Reduced in number and limited in scale, they still hold answers to countless questions we have not yet learned to ask” (xi).  The primary natural ecosystem, of course, that Jackson and others at The Land Institute have trained their focus – given their home base in Kansas – is that of the prairie.

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On Wednesday November 10, 2010, Indiana University hosted a conversation with Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson that was moderated by Bloomington’s own agrarian writer Scott Russell Sanders.

Click for our reviews of:

What follows is part one (of two) of a good quality audience recording of this very special event…

Enjoy!

[display_podcast]

 

I’m looking forward to reviewing Wes Jackson’s new book, the review copy of which arrived at our offices this week.

Consulting the Genius of the Place:
An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture
.
Wes Jackson
Hardback: Counterpoint, 2010.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

Here’s a recent video of him talking about some of the ideas in the book: