Saturday, January 10, 2009

This way the first week of classes, so I've been immersed in that down here in Cambridge and Andover, but this morning I am reading recent postings and reentering the Art of Action project. I  heard a quote from Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" this week, referring to the current downturn in the economy as the inevitable result of the kind of commerce that our culture has become engaged with: Non-essential goods production as opposed to a more fundamental needs-based economy founded on, for instance, cultivation. Perhaps this has been taken out of context, but a return to agriculture and cultivation would restore and enrich  the Vermont landscape. Its hard to farm in this climate, but there may be an increasing regional market for locally grown food, and with incentives it could become profitable again. I've heard that there's a very limited market for Vermont wool and that some sheep farms end up burning it...


  1. A few years ago I heard about an experiment in Vermont that was investigating using wood in some form to hold back erosion on riverbanks. But, haven't heard anything about it since. Seemed quite an interesting idea.

  2. Gail,
    Cultivation indeed, on many levels, agricultural,
    educational, and good common sense economics as you suggest via Mr. Smith. Consider the fact that "home economics" is hardly ever found in curricula any more in Vermont, be it secondary or higher education.