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A Happy Peasant

“The job of peasants, you might say, is to stay out of the archives.” –John Scott, “The Art of Not Being Governed” A half dozen years ago I made an important realization: I am a peasant. The word came to me from biologist and plant breeder Carol Deppe, through a comment she made in one(…)

Clearing the Ground: Proof That I’m a Flatlander Lost in the Hills

I laid out my first real garden in 2009. (That’s it in the masthead; partially planted.) I’d made a few feeble attempts in the previous 20 years, but never had the time or composure to take agriculture seriously. Semi-retiring to Vermont re-awakened a dormant urge. But 2009 was the year of heavy rains, and that(…)