Naturalist quote of day: Aldo Leopold on danger of not owning a farm

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm.  One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.

To avoid the first danger, one should plant a garden, preferably where there is no grocer to confuse the issue.

To avoid the second, he should lay a split of good oak on the andirons, preferably where there is no furnace, and let it warm his shins while a February blizzard tosses the trees outside.

Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac (1949)

 

Winter by Joseph Fleck (Taos Art Museum and Fechin House)

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Notes:

Painting of Joseph Fleck associated with the Taos Art Museum and Fechin House.

See also Taos Painter Joseph Fleck.

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7 responses to “Naturalist quote of day: Aldo Leopold on danger of not owning a farm

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  2. A great quote. Some just stand the test of time. I hope you and Brenda had a nice thanksgiving.

  3. I like that quote and shared it with my husband. It’s been a wonderful autumn–hope you have enjoyed it so.

  4. Kittie Howard

    I’ve never read a better description of farming. How true it is! There’s nothing like a warm fire in a country kitchen after a comfort-food supper (called dinner in Va.) I have fond memories of those days. Thank you for touching those memories.

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