Morning on the Farm

“As a working definition of art,
I lean toward Tolstoy’s: ‘Art is a human activity
having for it’s purpose the transmission to other of the highest and best feelings to which mankind has risen.’

It seems to me that, regarding agrarian art,
the farther it moves away from the natural world,
especially when the main goal is money profits,
the more difficult it becomes for it to reflect
“the highest and best feelings” of humanity.

The same is true of, of course, of agriculture itself.
The farther it tries to remove itself from nature in search of money,
the more it moves away from the highest and healthiest kinds of food.”

–Gene Logsdon, The Mother of All Arts:
Agrarianism and the Creative Impulse