here are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.
Aldo Leopold

19 September 2005

There is a Yeoman...

A diligent, dependable worker.

A farmer who cultivates his own land, especially a member of a former class of small freeholders.


Yeoman said...

Very nice.

And nice commentary on my final comment on my blog, by the way, which I'm still contemplating.

Yeoman said...

And, being as I'm in a contemplative mood today, and was so foolish as to wipe out my own blog, let me post this question.

But in posing it, let me first state a figure that I read a couple of days ago. By 2012 there will be 250,000 fewer farmers in the US, according to our Census bureau.

Money mag, in fact, list us as a deadend occupation.

Perhaps, but is there an American without Yeomen?

Or, once we've succeeded in eliminating yeoman, agricultural or not, is America recognizable as such?

KGT said...

I think America withers without yeoman. I also think that with a possibiulity for a carbon based economy (not fossil fuel, but carbon trading, sequestration, and boiofuel production, it may be premature for them to write us off quite yet.

There is also the whole agritourism, farmers as openspace/greenspace custodian argument, of course, awaiting some economic valuation of those niceties.