Relax a bit this Monday afternoon and be inspired by these quotes about farming and agriculture!

field, john deere, tractor“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“The diligent farmer plants trees, of which he himself will never see the fruit. [Lat., Abores serit diligens agricola, quarum adspiciet baccam ipse numquam.]”  ~ Cicero

“The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests on possession and use of land.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“And he gave it for his opinion, “that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.””  ~Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”  ~ Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution 

weber family farm, newton, IL, agriculture“There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth.  The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors.  This is robbery.  The second by commerce, which is generally cheating.  The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.”  ~Benjamin Franklin

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

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