I’m definitely coming into the home stretch and should be finished with the book this week!! Frankly, I thought I’d already BE finished. Every time I think I’m done — something else comes up that needs to be in it.
Today I’ve added some things to the first section to give the reader a better idea of my views (or philosophy). You already know me well and know what I believe and who I am right to my core — but there is no way that a person just picking the book up would know that. And I do feel they will get more out of the book if they know from the beginning where I stand on things.
As always – I’d appreciate your input.
Here’s one of the Chapters I’ve added:
Section I – CHAPTER 5
The Path Less Traveled
I noticed that on the website of International Ag Labs (aglabs.com), a company that specializes in soil tests for the biological or organic farmers or gardeners, conventional agriculture was referred to as Toxic Agriculture.
They sure nailed that one.
The very touchstone (standard) of nature has been ignored by today’s agricultural practices.
Rather than being looked to as the force that sets the standard for agriculture — nature is thought of now as something to be controlled. (Good luck with that line of thought.)
And of course the concept promoted by chemical companies is that nature just can’t do it on her own and needs NPK, 10-10-10, lime, Roundup and all the rest of it to help her out.
Aglabs.com put it beautifully when they said, “Instead of asking if new technology or practices were good for soil biology and plant, animal, and human health, the primary question became one of profitability for agri-business suppliers.
“Biological agriculture (methods that work with nature), on the other hand seeks to work with biology (nature) and to increase it. This is the path less traveled.
“Biological agriculture seeks to produce food, fiber, and forage in a non-toxic environment with adequate nutritional support to grow a quality crop.”
This book is all about working with nature. I took the path less traveled many years ago. I’ve found it a pretty good path to be on.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Last part of the poem “The Path Not Taken”
by Robert Frost
copyright by Theresa Martz 2014