HOMEGROWN Life: Why I Love Reading. And Fall. And Reading About Fall

| 11/21/2013 9:51:00 AM

Tags: fall harvest, FarmAid and Homegrown.org, California,

spinachI wonder: What is the average time a farmer spends reading?

“Average,” of course, is a highly interesting concept. It’s the mean in a vast landscape of data. You can measure it in a lot of different ways. You can even measure it to draw out the answer you want.

For me, a fairly educated and literate spade-wielding creature, the answer is a lot. The great small-farm reporter and philosophizer Gene Logsdon once wrote that he was a farmer who “likes to read too much.” He was a young Ohio man of letters, destined for the clergy. Gene found solace in the dairy barn and the gardens of the monastery before leaving the high-minded temple-building class only to return to the rank of digger and shepherd.

I suppose I’ve followed a similar path.

I ask the question due to a very specific set of circumstances. We agricultural people live and breathe in an annual cycle of birth and decay. We watch the land and the animals we live with change as the days tick by. We live in our bodies, yes, but also in our heads. The clothing of our workplaces changes rapidly with the seasons, and so do we.

I read for joy and inspiration. I read for guidance. I read for justification.

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