Down in the Weeds

May 13, 2012

I spent a chunk of time last week attending something called the “National Summit on Strategies to Manage Herbicide Resistant Weeds,” in Washington D.C. Now I’m sure almost all readers of the Thornapple Blog have had this problem on their minds for some time. Sure, it may not rank right up there with [...]

Agrarian Ethics

April 8, 2012

Looking back to last week’s blog on “Industrial Ethics,” I ask you “How serious could an April 1 blog be, anyway?”

In fact I do think that most Americans think of agriculture as “just another sector in the industrial economy,” and I do think that a lot of good, important and totally legitimate work [...]

Farming: Not So Easy

February 5, 2012

It seems that during food icons month I managed to refer to Lady Eve Balfour as “nutty”, Xenophon as “sexist”, Ralph Waldo Emerson as “bogus”, Liberty Hyde Bailey as “racist” and George Washington Carver as a “Tom” who wasn’t actually a great scientist. My intention was to single out each of these individuals, [...]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

January 15, 2012

Are farmers more virtuous than the rest of us? Is farm work character building? Does the small farm environment encourage the formation of positive character traits, at least in comparison to city life?

I’m not sure how either of my regular readers would answer today, but there was a time when affirmative responses to [...]

Shameless Commerce

December 18, 2011

Still looking for that perfect gift this Christmas? Every kid wants The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics. Shop for it at Amazing dot com right cheah. Just imagine the joy on those cherubic faces next Sunday when they shred the wrapping paper from that package ‘neath the tree to discover their own [...]


November 27, 2011

It’s the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. Long-time readers of the Thornapple Blog may need to be reminded that the very first entry “snuck in” right after Thanksgiving two years ago. That was the “key blog” that announced how I would write once a week to supplement the share delivery that Thornapple CSA members [...]

Petitio Principii

November 6, 2011

This week I’ll astound and amaze both of my regular readers (not to mention the random net surfer) with my amazing (not to say also astounding) powers of ethical analysis. About twice a year I get the random e-mail from some total stranger who describes some apparently outrageous circumstance having something to do [...]

Eet Smakelijk

October 23, 2011

It’s been a good eight to ten weeks since we had anything to say about tomatoes in the Thornapple blog, and as both regular readers know, tomatoes are not only a personal obsession, they are the driving value behind the entire local food movement in the United States. I won’t speak for Europe [...]

تحتل الشوارع

October 16, 2011

Sometimes my peripatetic ways give me an interesting angle on things. I was overseas a couple of weeks ago and during a few of the inevitable hours I spent in my room at the century-old Rôtes Ross hotel in Halle I explored the 100+ channels available on the television set. Only three were [...]

Joan Dye Gussow

September 11, 2011

This week it could be “Peach Patch” in deference to another luscious fruit that came too late in Michigan this year, then disappeared much too quickly. But if you click back to last week’s blog, you’ll see we’re doing mini-icons this month, and you’ll also learn why there’s no anniversary theme to this [...]