Archives for December 2009

Quotable Bailey

December 31, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Some things are true in spite of statistics and philosophy and tabulation. Some things we know because we know them. Business has no divine right, any more than has rulership. The land is never partisan. The fences are coming down,—those crooked, crabbed fences, horse high, bull strong, hog tight, and man proof, —the fences within... View Article

Country School

December 29, 2009 at 2:09 pm

THERE certainly will come a day As men become simple and wise When schools will put their books away Till they train the hands and the eyes; Then the school from its heart will say In love of the winds and the skies: I teach The earth and soil To them that toil, The hill... View Article

Preserving the Birth Home of L.H. Bailey

December 23, 2009 at 8:57 am

As posted in our November 14th blog, Liberty Hyde Bailey’s birth site home (a National Historic Place and museum) is being historically accessed inside and out in order to uncover, rediscover and finally recover this priceless artifact. For this installment we start with the home’s most noticeable feature, the arched front porch. THAT IS ONE... View Article

Living the Backgrounds of Our Life

December 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm

There are two parts to the common day — the performance of the day, and the background of the day. Many of us are so submerged in the work we do and in the pride of life that the real day slips by unnoted and unknown. But there are some who part the hours now... View Article

Rediscovering Bailey’s Background Books

December 19, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Among the volumes of Liberty Hyde Bailey’s work, the more personal and philosophical writings are found in the Background Books: The Philosophy of the Holy Earth. These seven books which he called his “budget of opinions,” were written, as Bailey explains, with only the authority of “a single and unattached citizen, looking on.” Bailey explained... View Article

Quoatable Bailey-Never Lose Faith In the Soil

December 18, 2009 at 10:13 am

Above all, old and young, we must never lose faith in the soil. It is the source and condition of our existence. It never grows stale and it never wears out. The earth is always young. -L.H. Bailey, Lessons of Today

Health Care and 20th Century Agriculture Reform?

December 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Question: What Does Health Care Reform and the condition of agriculture at the start of 20th century during Bailey’s time have in common? A lot according to the New Yorker’s Atul Gawande “At the start of the twentieth century, another indispensable but unmanageably costly sector was strangling the country: agriculture. In 1900, more than forty... View Article

We Must Begin on the Earth

December 14, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Every great crisis imposes special obligations on the people; and certain classes or groups of the people may be met with separate phases of the obligation. So it is said that certain very definite responsibilities now rest on the farmer because of the upset of conditions produced by the great war…When the armies shall have... View Article

The Threads of Nature Study

December 7, 2009 at 10:34 am

“But if the child chooses the material, the subject will lack continuity: what then? Nature is not consecutive except in her periods. She puts things together in a mosaic. She has a brook and plants and toads and insects and the weather all together. Because we have put the plants in one book, the brooks... View Article

Carl G. Jung- We Need a Relationship With Nature

December 3, 2009 at 11:16 am

Like Liberty Hyde Bailey, Swiss Psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung, lived in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. This quote taken from a new collection of his work, The Earth Has A Soul, Jung reflects on how the changes wrought in the twentieth century had unmoored man from his instincts. His reflection strongly compliments Bailey’s... View Article