Wendell Berry at the Agriculture for a Small Planet Symposium
July 1, 1974
Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Wendell Berry’s speech about the culture of agriculture that was delivered at the “Agriculture for a Small Planet” Symposium in Spokane, Washington. The first few lines of this speech, written on a yellow legal pad in route to the symposium, inspired his book The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture published in 1977. Berry’s speech was also a catalyst for the launch of the Tilth Movement in the Pacific Northwest.
“Your symposium, as well as a lot of other meetings I’ve been to in other parts of the country, proves the existence of a thoughtful and even knowledgeable constituency for a better kind of agriculture,” wrote Berry in a letter to Gigi Coe and Bob Stilger following the Symposium (July 4, 1974).
This fall, Mary Berry, Executive Director of The Berry Center, will continue this important conversation about the culture of agriculture at Tilth’s 40th Anniversary Conference, Re-Imagine Agriculture, that will be held in Vancouver, Washington. Learn more and make plans to join Mary in Washington on November 7-9, 2014.