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VELD's Vrijdag Verses – 18

“…the countryside conjures nostalgic rather than real interpretations.” “Perhaps more than any other landscape, the tended fields of the countryside symbolizes our most revered meld of man, nature, and time.”

-Sally Schauman.

VELD's Vrijdag Verses – 17

“Ontario’s 19th century vernacular [Vernacular architecture is a category of architecture based on local needs and construction materials, and reflecting local traditions] is beyond recovery, however much it is craved. Awareness cannot be un-invented in an informed, interactive society.”

-Michael J. Troughton. Vernacular Architecture in Ontario; Industrial Vernacular

 

VELD's Vrijdag Verses – 16

The basic problem associated with a monoculture farm is that it is not a closed system. By closing the loop and creating a farm which operates like an ecosystem, we can re-establish the nutrient cycle and rehabilitate our resources. In order to do this we must produce the feed on the same farm as the animals are raised on, and animal waste products should be used on the land belonging to the farm which they are fed on.

-Dale Allen Pfeiffer. Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food, and the coming crisis is Agriculture

VELD's Vrijdag Verses – 15

“A good farmer is a craftsperson of the highest order, a kind of artist. It is the good work of good farmers – nothing else – that assures a sufficiency of food over the long term.”

-Wendel Berry, Farmer & Author. Gift of Good Land

VELD's Vrijdag Verses -12

“Farming keeps man honest, vigorous, and independent”

-James S. Ackerman, Architect. Vila:Form & Ideology of Country Houses

VELD's Vrijdag Verses – 11

 

” Soil fertility must be the basis of any permanent system of agriculture”

– Sir Albert Howard, Farmer & Author. Agricultural Testament

VELD's Vrijdag Verses – 10

The “whole foods” shopper feels that by buying organic he is “engaging in authentic experiences” and imaginatively enacting a “return to the utopian past with the positive aspects of modernity intact”.

-Michael Pollan, Author. Excerpts from Omnivores Delemma