She Thought He Was a Gardener
April 19, 2017

“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him…” John 20:15 This really struck me this Easter. According to the account of John, when Mary Magdalene turned away from the angels in the tomb, she saw a man […]

When Your Chickens Eat Your Potatoes
April 5, 2017

“Aegis-bearing Zeus has a design for each occasion, and mortals find this hard to comprehend.” Hesiod, Works and Days Last Saturday I was just able to finish planting my potatoes before dark. It was so satisfying. While my father and I always planted potatoes by burying them under several inches of soil, […]

Gardening Teaches a Work Ethic
March 22, 2017

“The land provides the greatest abundance of good things, but doesn’t allow them to be taken without effort. It trains people to endure the cold of winter and the heat of summer.” “Furthermore, the land also freely teaches justice to those who are capable of learning; for it does people favors in […]

Gardening Teaches Humility and Prayer
March 15, 2017

“Do you think it is any less necessary to ask the gods for mercy where agricultural affairs are concerned? Sensible farmers, I can assure you, worship and pray to the gods about their fruits, grain, cattle, horses, sheep—yes, and all their property.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager Virgil speaks of it, and Cato, […]

Why Everyone Should Garden: a Series
March 8, 2017

“The Paterfamilias should think a long time about building, but planting is a thing not be thought about but done.” Cato the Elder, On Agriculture I have spoken to many people who have thought about gardening but who have not started to do so. That is why these words of Cato struck […]

Wednesday Quotes
Time to Plow Again
May 18, 2016

“Remember the time has come to plow again.” Hesiod, Works and Days Something deep within us stirs. We feel that spring should be more than just different weather outside. Sure it changes how we dress; and now we have to mow the lawn. Baseball season returns, and flowers bloom. Yet we sense […]

Wednesday Quotes
Why Everyone Should Plant Seeds This Week
August 5, 2015

“Of the art of acquisition [of food] then there is one kind which by nature is a part of the management of a household, in so far as the art of household management must either find ready to hand, or itself provide, such things necessary to life…” Aristotle, Politics Eating is not […]

Wednesday Quotes
Living Pleasantly from the Land
March 18, 2015

“In the first place, thanks to those who work it, the land bears not only the means for people to live, but also bears the means for them to live pleasantly.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager This past week I planted my spring greens. There is something about placing seeds in the ground. […]