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Wendell Berry and the Mayor of Louisville

After Fischer delivered his “State of the Local Food Economy” talk, he was joined onstage by Kentucky author and farmer Wendell Berry, who has become a global celebrity of sorts in the local food movement.Berry praised Fischer for his leadership on the issue and Fischer returned the compliment.“Being up here at the table with Wendell Berry, for me to talk about local food is like sitting down with the Dalai Lama thinking I’m supposed to talk about compassion,” Fischer said.

See the article and a brief video HERE


"Local Food Proponents Discuss the Movement's Challenges, Opportunities" (WFPL)

Conference to focus on Wendell Berry's Unsettling of America

In early April, The Berry Center is hosting a conference that asks "What will it take to resettle America?"

Registration is now open, and I've been informed that only 300 participants will be accepted. So registering sooner rather than later is recommended. The three-day conference will be structured around these events:

Voces Novae in concert: “The Works of Wendell Berry”
Thursday Evening, 7PM- 9PM, April 4th – Cathedral of the Assumption- Louisville, KY

Resettling of America:  Creating Cultural Change
Friday, 9AM- 5 PM, April 5th – The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY

Resettling of America:  Coming Home
Saturday, 10AM- 4PM, April 6th – St. Catharine College, St. Catharine, KY

Go HERE for much more information about the conference and registration.

Blog Watch: "Wendell Berry and Education on a Human Scale"

All of that sounds like it could have come as a statement from the Occupy Wall Street movement, but Berry’s proposed solutions are not in the least Marxist.  Instead, all he wants is for life to be lived on a human scale and with frugality and good common sense.  He laments that we as a culture have bought into the lie that opportunities, growth, and resources are limitless.  Our drive to produce and consume on such a large scale has left the earth depleted and polluted, families separated as children become “upwardly mobile,” and citizens without the basic knowledge that will ensure their survival if and when the current “anti-economy” collapses.  What is needed is a “homecoming:” A return to persons, to place, to community, to relationships, and to acknowledgement of the natural limits that are part of human creatureliness.  This is brilliant in its simplicity.