A tribute to the American farmer by Paul Harvey
This video is dedicated to farmers, both past and present who have endured to provide our safe, affordable and abundant food.
Please take a minute and thank farmers for all of their efforts.
“Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God…” –Thomas Jefferson
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Thomas Jefferson, “The Importance of Agriculture” from Notes on the State of Virginia (1784)
In Europe the lands are either cultivated, or locked up against the cultivator. Manufacture must therefore be resorted to of necessity, not of choice, to support the surplus of their people. But we have an immensity of land courting the industry of the husbandman. Is it best then that all our citizens should be employed in its improvement, or that one half should be called off from that to exercise manufactures and handicraft arts for the other? Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever He had a chosen people, whose breasts He has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue. It is the focus in which he keeps alive that sacred fire which otherwise might escape from the face of the earth. Corruption of morals in the mass of cultivators is a phenomenon of which no age nor nation has furnished an example. It is the mark set on those who, not looking up to heaven, to their own soil and industry, as does the husbandmen, for their subsistence, depend for it on the casualties and caprice of customers. Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition…. Read more >>
“Attending to My Farm”
After inspecting the shops on Mulberry Row, Jefferson might have toured his gardens and farms.
The vegetable and fruit gardens lay just south of Mulberry Row and were surrounded by a ten-foot high wooden (or “paling”) fence. Designed to keep deer and other foragers out, the boards were placed “so near as not to let even a young hare in.” On at least one occasion…….Read more at Jefferson’s Monticello >>
See other posts at Legacy America about American Agriculture.