Wes Jackson can teach us many things about the land soil and
conservation but what most resonates is this: The ecosphere is
self-regulating and as often as we attempt to understand it we are
not its builders and our manuals will often be faulty. The only
responsible way to learn the nuances of the land is to study the
soil and vegetation in their natural state and pass this knowledge
on to future generations.
In Nature as Measure a collection of Jackson s essays from Altars
of Unhewn Stone and Becoming Native to This Place these ideas of
land conservation and education are written from the point of view
of a man who has practiced what he s preached and proven that it is
possible to partially restore much of the land that we ve ravaged.
Wes Jackson lays the foundation for a new farming economy grounded
in nature s principles and located in dying small towns and rural
communities. Exploding the tenets of industrial agriculture Jackson
seeks to integrate food production with nature in a way that
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