Archives for October 2009

When Going Back Makes Sense, Your Going Ahead

October 31, 2009 at 10:34 am

The title for today’s blog comes from contemporary poet, novelist, essayist and agrarian Wendell Berry. In his essay, “A Practical Harmony” from the collection What Are People For?, Berry refers to Liberty Hyde Bailey’s “…view of things that…goes back to the roots of our experience as human beings.” In the opening passage of The Holy... View Article

When Bailey Came Home

October 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm

In the 1930s, retired Cornell Dean and world plant explorer, Liberty Hyde Bailey returned twice to the city of his birth, South Haven, Michigan. Bailey reflected that his writings, “…all came out of South Haven. My roots are here and my experiences here must enter into my consciousness. All life comes out of childhood.” Here,... View Article

Ours Was the Privilege: Fifty Years

October 19, 2009 at 11:09 am

In 1945, at the age of 89, Liberty Hyde Bailey refelcted on farming of the 19th century. This was his boyhood and immediate experience with the world. This piece penned for the magazine, The Furrow, Bailey takes a non-nostalgic look of our past. It is a testimony of what was being lost in the industrialization... View Article

More Than Enough Online Bailey to Shake a Stick At

October 9, 2009 at 4:45 pm

For those who want to delve into the works of Liberty Hyde Bailey… The good folks at Internet Archive have been making some headway in offering free electronic downloadable out-of-print publications of Liberty Hyde Bailey. I highly recommend this database which has grown considerably in the last year. Besides books on “how to” there is... View Article

Adding Plants In Classrooms Increases Student Satisfaction

October 9, 2009 at 8:35 am

It’s widely known that the presence of houseplants in rooms improves air quality, reduces eye irritation and stress, motivates employees, and even improves concentration. In one study, employees’ reaction time on computer tasks improved 12% with houseplants present. Now researchers have found that University students can benefit from having houseplants in the classroom as well.... View Article

Are Mother Nature and God Married, Or Just Good Friends?

October 1, 2009 at 11:02 am

When my son Matthew was four, he asked me, “Are God and Mother Nature married, or just good friends?” -Richard Louve, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder Richard Louve’s wonderful anecdote sets up an important question; are religion and nature opposed to each other in our lives? For Liberty Hyde... View Article