Our friend Jamie Aramini (who orchestrates this blog) recently wrote a glowing reflection of our work. Thanks so much, Jamie, for these kind words!
You may recognize this line as the conclusion of “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front,” one of Wendell Berry‘s most famous poems. It’s a stirring piece, full of unconventional wisdom that is typical Berry. For Ryan Koch, executive director of the Lexington nonprofit Seedleaf, this poem was the beginning of a life transformation.
Like many folks who have found themselves turning back to the land, Ryan credits Berry’s writing with opening his eyes to the many problems with the conventional American food system. He remembers a time, pre-Berry, where he had “the privilege of not having to care about my food. I see that was a privilege to not have to be discerning about who raised this meat [for example]. Did it die a terrible death? All the things I ask myself and all the things I worry about when I’m feeding my family, I use to be really aloof of. I look back on how nice it was to have been ignorant of the things that concern me now.” (Click this to read more)