Nature as Measure

Nature as Measure

The Selected Essays of Wes Jackson

By Wes Jackson; Wendell Berry (Introduction by)

Counterpoint LLC, Paperback, 9781582437002, 232pp.

Publication Date: October 11, 2011

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 sustains both.

About the Author
Bill Vitek is associate professor of philosophy at Clarkson University. He is the author of several books, including "Promising, Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place "and "Applying Philosophy,"

Wes Jackson is the president of the Land Institute and former professor at Kansas Wesleyan and California State universities. He is the author of several books, including "Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place," "Becoming Native to This Place," and "Altars of an Unhewn Stone,"

A prolific nonfiction writer, novelist, and journalist, Gene Logsdon has published more than two dozen books, both practical and philosophical. Gene's nonfiction works include Holy Shit, Small-Scale Grain Raising, Living at Nature's Pace, The Contrary Farmer's Invitation to Gardening, Good Spirits, and The Contrary Farmer. His most recent novel is Pope Mary and the Church of Almighty Good Food. He writes a popular blog, The Contrary Farmer, as well as an award-winning column for the Carey Ohio Progressor Times, and is a regular contributor to Farming Magazine and Draft Horse Journal. He lives and farms in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. You can visit his blog at http: //

Praise For Nature as Measure

Praise for Nature as Measure

"Jackson, a well-known and admired advocate for sustainability especially as it relates to agriculture, has the rare ability to transform his convictions into captivating prose . . . Jackson’s thoughts are still as significant and profound as they were nearly 20 years ago." Publishers Weekly

Praise for Becoming Native to This Place

[A] small book rich in ideas.” The New York Times Book Review

For those concerned about what will be left and how many billion will be starving in twenty years, this is a must read.” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

A good introduction to a thinker whose ideas on agriculture are radical both in their technical approach to food production as well as in terms of the economic, social, and cultural context within which it is practiced.” Review of Radical Political Economics