Farmer, ecologist and writer Berry provides some rich and fertile ground for recreating life and culture. He speaks of enduring values, the wholeness of life and the interdependence of all creatures, especially humankind. Berry’s self-discipline, ethical sense and human compassion come through as he leads us from the microcosm of his Kentucky hill farm to the macrocosm of a sane and reasoned planetary vision based on personal integrity, faithfulness and love. (For more dialogues with Wendell Berry find program #1929, #2362)
Wendell Berry is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, professor of English, and poet. He was born August 5, 1934 in Kentucky where he now lives on a farm. The New York Times has called Berry the “prophet of rural America.” He’s a veteran sage of sustainable agriculture; a progressive defender of virtue and tradition. Some of his many books includes Standing By Words (North Point Press 1983), The Gift of Good Land (North Point Press 1981), Collected Poems: 1957-1982 (North Point Press 1985), Nathan Coulter (North Point Press 1985). What People Are For ( 1991), The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry (Shoemaker & Hoard 2003), The Way of Ignorance: And Other Essays (Shoemaker & Hoard 2006), and Fidelity: Five Stories (Pantheon 1992).
Program Number: 1929 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 3/19/1985