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@VELD architect, southwestern Ontario

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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 – 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 – 13

“good taste can elevate the moral fiber of the nation”

-James S. Ackerman, Architect. Villa:Form and Ideology of Country Houses

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

VELD's Vrijdag Verses – 9

“…as for farmers themselves, they have long ago lost control of their destiny. They are no longer ‘independent farmers,’ subscribing to that ancient and perhaps indispensable ideal, but are the agents of their creditors and the market. They are ‘units of production’ who, or which, must perform ‘efficiently’ – regardless of what they get out of it either as investors or human beings.”

-Wendel Berry, Author & Farmer. Gift of Good Land: Further Essays, Cultural and Agricultural