Farmers Quotes

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Faraaz Kazi
“Their hands are tied not by ropes but by the greed of the intermediaries that the system has generated, who eat up the farmer’s income while it is on its way into his hands.”
Faraaz Kazi

John Barnes
“Future Farmers of America. Group who take ag classes and are going to inherit the farm. Hot shit around here, they have a couple guys in every clique, and they stick together, 'cause they know they'll be seeing each other every week for the next sixty years.”
John Barnes

Thomas Jefferson
“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 bonds.”
Thomas Jefferson

Amit Kalantri
“A farmer is a magician who produces money from the mud.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Jonathan Gash
“Woods are grim places. Farmers shoot squirrels, crows, magpies, and hang them up on trees to warn Mother Nature to get it together or else. Much notice she takes, being in league with God. They're a right pair, more carnage than the rest of us put together.”
Jonathan Gash, The Rich and the Profane

“I cleaned the shit off my pink high-tops and drove home, stopping for an espresso at the coffeehouse across from the college. Men and women were hunched over copies of Jean Paul Sartre and writing in their journals. Most wore the thin-rimmed tortoiseshell glasses favored by intellectuals. Their clothes were faded to a precisely fashionable degree; you can buy them that way from catalogs now, new clothes processed to look old. The intellectuals looked at me in my overalls the way such people inevitably look at farmers.

I dumped a lot of sugar in my espresso and sipped it delicately at a corner table near the door. I looked at them the way farmers look at intellectuals.”
Mary Rose O'Reilley

Wendell Berry
“Some of the most memorable, and least regrettable, nights of my own youth were spent in coon hunting with farmers. There is no denying that these activities contributed to the economy of farm households, but a further fact is that they were pleasures; they were wilderness pleasures, not greatly different from the pleasures pursued by conservationists and wilderness lovers. As I was always aware, my friends the coon hunters were not motivated just by the wish to tree coons and listen to hounds and listen to each other, all of which were sufficiently attractive; they were coon hunters also because they wanted to be afoot in the woods at night. Most of the farmers I have known, and certainly the most interesting ones, have had the capacity to ramble about outdoors for the mere happiness of it, alert to the doings of the creatures, amused by the sight of a fox catching grasshoppers, or by the puzzle of wild tracks in the snow.”
Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food

Howard Zinn
“I see a time when the farmer will not need to live in a cabin on a lonely farm. I see the farmers coming together in groups. I see them with the time to read, and time to visit with their fellows. I see them enjoying lectures in beautiful halls, erected in every village. I see them gather like Saxons of old upon the green at evening to sing and dance. I see cities rising near them with schools, and churches, and concert halls and theaters. I see a day when the farmer will no longer be a drudge and his wife a bond slave, but happy men and women who will go singing to their pleasant tasks upon their fruitful farms. When the boys and girls will not go west nor to the city; when life will be worth living. In that day the moon will be brighter and the stars more glad, and pleasure and poetry and love of life come back to the man who tills the soil.”
Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States

A.E. Coppard
“No countryman ever speaks to an animal without blaspheming it, although if he be engaged in some solitary work and inspired to music, he invariably sings a hymn in a voice that seems to have some vague association with wood pulp. ”
A.E. Coppard, Dusky Ruth: And Other Stories

“Love cultivates hope; hope fertilizes resilience, and we can all be farmers of dreams”
George E. Miller

Jane Smiley
“When I went to first grade and the other children said that their fathers were farmers, I simply didn't believe them. I agreed in order to be polite, but in my heart I knew that those men were impostors, as farmers and as fathers, too. In my youthful estimation, Laurence Cook defined both categories. To really believe that others even existed in either category was to break the First Commandment.”
Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres

Brenda Sutton Rose
“I seek him in the landscape of home, in the breeze brushing over rows of crops. I seek him in the seasons of planting and harvesting. A rugged man of the earth, he breathed life into this farm.”
Brenda Sutton Rose

“Farmers had freed themselves in part from the blind natural forces of storm and insects only to become increasingly the victims of the equally blind forces of market fluctuations. (p. 14)”
Grant McConnell, Decline of Agrarian Democracy

“Agriculture, however, is not and never has been a single monolithic interest in our society. We have always known differences among farmers of different regions, different crops, and different incomes. The difference in the forms of political organization have been determined principally by the manner in which economic differences have been resolved. (pp. 15–16)”
Grant McConnell, Decline of Agrarian Democracy

Richard Powers
“But farmers are patient men tried by brutal seasons, and if they weren't plagued by dreams of generation, few would keep plowing, spring after spring.”
Richard Powers, The Overstory

“மறுக்கப்பட்ட பொருளாதாரத்தை, சுரண்டப்படும் வாழ்க்கையை இந்திய உழவர்களுக்கு மீட்டுக் கொடுத்தால் போதும்; அவர்கள் வாழ்க்கை நிமிர்ந்துவிடும். இங்கே மண் ஆசீர்வதிக்கப்பட்டிருக்கிறது; மனிதர்கள் சபிக்கப்பட்டிருக்கிறார்கள்.”
Vairamuthu, Moondram Ulaga Por

“Give according to your ability
Take according to your necessity
Says communism....
Laughed a farmer
from the nook and corner”

“Less than two percent of all Americans are now farmers. Corporations with all the warmth of equity investors now control the breadbasket of America. Anyone care to speculate how corporate control of the world’s food banks will work out for ordinary people who must eat to survive.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Without farmers, we would have no food.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“If we grow more food, there will be enough food to feed everyone.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The farmers must be given subsidies to improve upon their yield, to feed the growing populations.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Without the farmer, there is no food.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

John Steinbeck
“The houses were left vacant on the land and the land was vacant because of this. Only the tractor sheds of corrugated iron, silver and gleaming were alive, and they were alive with metal and gasoline and oil, discs of the plows shining. The tractors had lights shining, for there is no day and night for a tractor, and the discs turn the earth in the darkness and they glitter in the daylight. And when a horse stops work and goes into the barn, there is a life and vitality left. There is a breathing and a warmth, and the feet shift on the straw, and the jaws champ on the hay, and the ears and the eyes are alive. There is a warmth of life in the barn and the heat and smell of life, but when the motor of a tractor stops it is as dead as the ore it came from. The heat goes out of it like the living heat that leaves a corpse. Then the corrugated iron doors are closed and the tractor man drives home to town, perhaps twenty miles away, and he need not come back for weeks or months, for the tractor is dead. And this is easy and efficient. So easy, that the wonder goes out of work. So efficient, that the wonder goes out of land, the working of it, and with the wonder, the deep understanding and the relation. And in the tractor man the grows the contempt that comes only to a stranger who has little understanding and no relation, for nitrates are not the land, nor phosphates, and the length of fiber in the cotton is not the land. Carbon is not a man, nor salt, water, nor calcium. He is all these, but he is much more, much more. And the land is so much more than its analysis. The man who is more than his chemistry walking on the earth, turning his plow point for a stone, dropping his handles to slide over an outcropping, kneeling in the earth to eat his lunch, that man who is more than his elements knows the land that is more than it's analysis. But the machine man, driving a dead tractor on land he does not know and love understands only chemistry, and he is contemptuous of the land and of himself. When the corrugated iron doors are shut he goes home, and his home is not the land.”
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

Robert Marion La Follette
“Owning two thirds of the personal property of the country, evading payment of taxes
wherever possible, the corporations throw almost the whole burden up on the land, upon the little homes, and the personal property of the farms”
Robert Marion La Follette

“ये सच है उनके दम से ज़िंदगी त्योहार लगती है
कोई माने न माने रोज़ होली-तीज हैं वो लोग
उन्हीं के दम से तो सारी ज़मीनें भी सुहागन हैं
पकी फसलें छुपाए ख़ुद में ज़िंदा बीज हैं वो लोग”

Dave Goulson
“We are all complicit, and farmer-bashing is not going to help. We need farmers, more than any other profession. If lawyers, politicians, bankers, university academics or salesmen were to somehow disappear tomorrow, I think the world would muddle through pretty well. Some things might even get better. But if farmers were to vanish, most of us would be dead within a year.”
Dave Goulson, The Garden Jungle

Olawale Daniel
“Tracing the history of herders-farmers clashes goes back as far as the early 90s. Sometimes it takes several decades to decode the meaning of something that has been with you for a long period. Even in the 200 Naira note, it was boldly drawn where cows are heading to eat farm produce. It was boldly embedded, but we are just realizing it today, maybe because we don't take note or don't care to notice.”
Olawale Daniel

“Is Rihanna Muslim? Is Rihanna Pakistani? Is Rihanna Kashmiri? Is Rihanna Sikh? What India Googled after her viral tweet
After Rihanna tweeted in support of farmers protesting against the Indian government's newly enacted farm laws on Tuesday, her post went viral. Indians searched about her religion.”
Sheikh Gulzar-Rihanna

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Farming as much as fishing are necessary to ensure food security.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“All farmers will go heaven because they are feeding people in this universe.”
Dr Sivakumar Gowder

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