Listen to a conversation between two giants of the local economy movement in this extended episode. Helena Norberg-Hodge founded Local Futures, produced the film The Economics of Happiness, and wrote the book Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh. Wendell Berry is a poet and activist, an author of over 40 books, and a lifelong advocate for ecological health, the beauty of rural life, and small-scale farming. Their far-reaching discussion touches on human nature, technology, experiential knowledge, agriculture policy, happiness, wildness, and local food systems.
– Helena’s biography
– Wendell’s website and biography
– ‘In Distrust of Movements’
– Wendell’s article on the 50-Year Farm Bill
– Wendell’s newest book, The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings, published in 2017 just after this conversation was recorded
– The Round of a Country Year: A Farmer’s Day Book, by David Kline
Music: “Is That You or Are You You?” by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY 4.0). Photo by Guy Mendes, 2012.
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Michele Guthrie says
Hello, thank you for posting this interview.
Please credit the photograph of Wendell Berry to
Guy Mendes, 2012.
Michele Guthrie, Archivist
The Berry Center
New Castle, KY 40050
Thank you for writing, Michele! The photo credit has been changed as requested.
Louis Laframboise says
Don’t forget about the book Wendell Berry mentions and recommends. The following is from the podcast. The book is “The Round of a Country Year” by Wendell’s friend David Kline. It is published by Counterpoint Press; the same publisher as Wendell’s.
Kline is an Amish bishop in Holmes County, OH (largest Amish community in US). The book is a day-by-day journal of farm life throughout the year. Remarkable for its happiness; scale is right; people there accepted certain limits; lots of people; people rarely in a hurry; ideal ratio of people to the work, to the land; plenty of people during harvest and home building; much time for celebrating and festivity,…
Amish keystone: Love your neighbour as yourself. You won’t replace your neighbour with a machine.
Can you please add the bibliographic info to your shownotes. In case someone does not get down to here.
Thank you, including for this podcast episode which was beautiful and inspiring.
Fare ye well,
Louis G. Laframboise