100th Anniversary Edition of The Holy Earth by Liberty Hyde Bailey — New introduction by Wendell Berry, edited by John Linstrom, now on sale!

The cover for the Centennial Edition of Bailey's The Holy Earth - the photograph is by Bailey himself.
The cover for the Centennial Edition of Bailey’s The Holy Earth – the photograph is by Bailey himself.

At the turn of the last century, when farming first began to face the most rapid and extensive series of changes that industrialization would bring, the most compelling and humane voice representing the agrarian tradition came from the botanist, farmer, philosopher, and public intellectual Liberty Hyde Bailey. In 1915, Bailey’s environmental manifesto, The Holy Earth, addressed the industrialization of society by utilizing the full range of human vocabulary to assert that the earth’s processes and products, because they form the governing conditions of human life, should therefore be understood not first as economic, but as divine. To grasp the extent of human responsibility for the earth, Bailey called for “a new hold” that society must take to develop a “morals of land management,” which would later inspire Aldo Leopold’s “land ethic” and several generations of agrarian voices. This message of responsible land stewardship has never been as timely as now.

For the first time since Bailey’s death, we present the restored and authoritative text, including the author’s 1943 retrospect, and new annotations by project editor John Linstrom to introduce this extraordinary book to a new generation of readers. Published by Counterpoint Press in cooperation with the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, this special centennial edition of Bailey’s masterwork will feature a new Forward by Wendell Berry, whose own acclaimed work has long been indebted to Bailey’s writing.

Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858–1954), born on a humble frontier farm in South Haven Michigan, went on to become the “Father of Modern Horticulture,” a leading public intellectual on the question of rural communities, and a national spokesperson for agricultural policy. His childhood home function as a museum devoted to telling Bailey’s story and engaging the modern world with his philosophy and ideals.

Order 100th Anniversary Edition, The Holy Earth, the Birth of a New Land Ethic 

Release date: December 2015
Price: $15.95 plus $3 shipping

To order more than 3 copies, please call the museum at (269) 637-3251.

Essayist, novelist, and poet Wendell Berry has written more than thirty books. One of the major voices for agrarianism today, he lives and works in his native Kentucky with his wife, Tanya Berry, and their children and grandchildren.

John Linstrom worked for several years as curator and then director of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum.  His essays and poems have recently appeared in a number of journals, and he currently lives in New York City.

The “100th Anniversary Edition, The Holy Earth, The Birth of a New Land Ethic,” is published by Counterpoint Press.

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