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THE AGRITECT

A blog about all things rural and agritourism related

VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 18

“…the countryside conjures nostalgic rather than real interpretations.” “Perhaps more than any other landscape, the tended fields of the countryside symbolizes our most revered meld of man, nature, and time.” -Sally Schauman.

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 17

“Ontario’s 19th century vernacular [Vernacular architecture is a category of architecture based on local needs and construction materials, and reflecting local traditions] is beyond recovery, however much it is craved. Awareness cannot be un-invented in an informed, interactive society.” -Michael J. Troughton. Vernacular Architecture in Ontario; Industrial Vernacular  

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 15

“A good farmer is a craftsperson of the highest order, a kind of artist. It is the good work of good farmers – nothing else – that assures a sufficiency of food over the long term.” -Wendel Berry, Farmer & Author. Gift of Good Land

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses -12

“Farming keeps man honest, vigorous, and independent” -James S. Ackerman, Architect. Vila:Form & Ideology of Country Houses

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 11

  ” Soil fertility must be the basis of any permanent system of agriculture” – Sir Albert Howard, Farmer & Author. Agricultural Testament

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 10

The “whole foods” shopper feels that by buying organic he is “engaging in authentic experiences” and imaginatively enacting a “return to the utopian past with the positive aspects of modernity intact”. -Michael Pollan, Author. Excerpts from Omnivores Delemma

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 9

“…as for farmers themselves, they have long ago lost control of their destiny. They are no longer ‘independent farmers,’ subscribing to that ancient and perhaps indispensable ideal, but are the agents of their creditors and the market. They are ‘units of production’ who, or which, must perform ‘efficiently’ – regardless of what they get out of it either […]

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 8

“The character of the farm should be carried out as to express itself in everything which it contains. […] His structures of every kind should be plain, also, yet substantial, where substance is required. All these detract nothing from his respectability or his influence in the neighborhood, the town, the country, or the state. A […]

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 7

“The family farm is highly idealized in North America for upholding three valued traditions: the tradition of man-land relationships, the tradition of democracy, and the tradition of efficiency in making the most of one’s resources. The decline of the family-sized farm is viewed by many people, including some sociologists and agricultural economists, with great concern […]

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VELD’s Vrijdag Verses – 6

“The technological development, especially in agriculture, as well as increased contact with industrial cities, movement of people from rural communities to urban centers, and spread of urban beliefs and values due to the improved means of transportation and communication have radically transformed rural Canada in recent decades. The transformation has been so dramatic, and urban influence […]

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