Inside Higher Ed has a thoughtful and reflective review on Liberty Hyde Bailey’s, “The Holy Earth” by Scott McLemee. “By the time he died in 1954, Bailey was a sage and a legend — part Al Gore, part Indiana Jones, avant la lettre.”
A woman who knew my evolution beliefs once asked me where heaven is. There seemed to her to be no place left for it in the cosmos of the evolutionist. This is a type of difficulty which perplexes many persons. They dwell upon the physical symbolism of faith and creed, as if the things of the spirit must be measured by time and space and materials. I could only answer that I never expect to be able to discover heaven with a telescope. Perhaps heaven is much nearer than we think.
– L.H. Bailey, from the 1899 article, “An Evolutionist’s View on Nature and Religion” in The Idepedendent
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– L.H. Bailey
Carriage barn at the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, Michigan
The new Ken Burn’s documentary, The National Park: America’s Best Ideas will take to the airwaves on September 27th. One of the featured personalities will be that of John Muir, no less reintroducing the legacy of this profound man to many Americans. Muir’s activism ripples through our culture with concentric waves touching the founding of Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, the Sierra Club, and bringing awareness to Americans of the landscape they inhabit. Liberty Hyde Bailey too was effected by Muir’s legacy. Not too long after Muir’s death in 1914, Bailey wrote of him in The Holy Earth in the chapter entitled, “The separate soul.”
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Where does your beef come from? As author Michael Pollan points out in his book, In Defense of Food we have resigned one of the most intimate acts in our daily life, eating food, to an industrialized system. Mike Rainey, of Rainey Farms in South Haven, Michigan presented an alternative at the museum’s last Brown Bag this summer; know your farmer and know where your food comes from. Mike raises cattle without the use of synthetic hormones or steroids and are fed only all natural ingredients. As a local farmer who also sells at the South Haven Farmer’s Market, Mike is an advocate for buying food locally citing its benefits of spurring local economic growth, knowing what’s in your food and where it comes from and basically better tasting food. Put away that marinade! This beef has flavor.
Two leaders in environmental thought influenced by the writings of Liberty Hyde Bailey continue to inspire. Parts of Bailey’s classic The Holy Earth can be found in Wendell Berry’s What Are People For?: Essays. Aldo Leopold’s classic A Sand County Almanac furthered Bailey’s idea of how one is to live with their environment. Great reads and food for thought. What would you recommend?
This Morning Edition series takes you to America’s farmers markets and roadside stands for a sample of what’s growing on its farms, in its gardens and across the countryside.
Check it out at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111309533