Wendell Berry | Agriculture for a Small Planet Symposium July 1, 1974


The Berry Center

Published on Jul 1, 2014

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Wendell Berry’s speech about the culture of agriculture that was delivered at the “Agriculture for a Small Planet” Symposium in Spokane, Washington. The first few lines of this speech, written on a yellow legal pad in route to the symposium, inspired his book The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture published in 1977. Berry’s speech was also a catalyst for the launch of the Tilth Movement in the Pacific Northwest.

“Your symposium, as well as a lot of other meetings I’ve been to in other parts of the country, proves the literature of a thoughtful and even known constituency for a better kind of agriculture,” wrote Berry in a letter to Gigi Coe and Bob Stilger following the Symposium (July 4, 1974).

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