About The New AgrarianI have been planting content here off and on since 2002, with occasional attempts at cultivation and pruning. All of it swirls around more or less agrarian ideas: food and agriculture, including some practical things, but also craft, community, technology, embodiment, history, sustainability, nature, and place. As you might guess, I’ve changed my mind a few times on all these topics since I started a decade ago. I cultivate, but not always in neat rows. Read my Explanation and Apologia to learn more.
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Author Archives: David
NPR’s Natalie Jacewicz asks whether Millennials are hypocrites when it comes to chocolate: In a survey of participants ages 18 to 35, millennials reported caring about ethical issues like environmental sustainability and social responsibility in chocolate production. But when choosing … Continue reading
I have four bird feeders in my small urban yard (tube, thistle, platform, hummingbird) but can’t see any of them from my second-story study window, which is veiled by a maple tree far taller than the house. So I fixed … Continue reading
Sales of breakfast cereal are down, and I have trouble being sad. I eat boxed breakfast cereal for the same reason everybody else does — it’s convenient – but generally only as a midnight snack. For quick breakfast I’m more … Continue reading
His brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples may see the works you are doing. For no man works in secret if he seeks to be known openly….” [But] Jesus said to them, “My … Continue reading
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I … Continue reading
I shall be with you a little longer, and then I go to him who sent me; you will seek me and you will not find me; where I am you cannot come. —John 7:33–34 By the roadside, asphalt gray, … Continue reading
It is written in the prophets, “And they shall all be taught by God.” —John 6:45 The air smelled of snow though the forecasters demurrred— dull knives in the back of the throat. The birds fell serious. The sky barricaded … Continue reading
Perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself. —John 6:15 In the kitchen, while the pancakes fry, conducting Bach from the radio. Herr Jesu … Continue reading
“Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life.” … Continue reading