The Way of the Farm

The text below, written by Henry Wallace (New Frontiers 1934), represents the true CULTURE of agriculture. It’s something John discovered on Hallowe’en 1989, the day our offer on our Salt Spring Farm property was accepted. One must know where one’s been to know where to go. As Duck Creek ran through our old pioneer homestead in Woodslee, Duck Creek spawned this Farm – a propitious beginning.


‘Many of the most lively, intimate expressions of spirit spring from the joyous, continuous contact of human beings with a particular locality.

They feel the age-long spirit of this valley or that hill each with its trees and rocks and special tricks of weather, as the seasons unfold in their endless charm.

If life can be made secure in each community and if the rewards of the different communities are distributed justly, there will flower in every community not only those who attain joy in daily, productive work well done; but also those who paint and sing and tell stories with the flavor particular to their own valley, well loved hill, or broad prairie.

Every community can become something distinctly precious in its own right. Children will not try to escape as they grow up.

They will look ahead to the possibility of enriching the traditions of their ancestors.

Henry Wallace
New Frontiers, 1934

Getting Engaged Together
by Marge Pearcy

the people I love best
jump into work head first,
without dallying in the shallows,
and swim off with sure strokes
almost out of sight.

I love people who harness themselves
like an Ox to a heavy cart
who pull like water buffalo
with massive patience,
who strain in the mud
and the muck
to move things forward
who do what has to be done
again and again.

I want to be with the poor
who submerge in the task
who go into the fields to harvest
and work in a row
and pass the bags along

the work of the world is common as mud
but the thing worth doing,
well done, has the shape that satisfies
clean and evident,
like greek amphoras for wine or oil
hopi vases that held corn
they’re put in museums!

but you know they were made to be used
the pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.



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