Treehugger? Author Logsdon one of them and so am I
“We’re all treehuggers.”
So writes farmer, author and journalist Gene Logsdon.
With his latest book, A Sanctuary of Trees (Chelsea Green, 2012), to be released April 27, Logsdon, who has published more than two dozen books, has
truly outdone himself.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a longtime fan. The only book I had some difficulty with was his Holy Sh–t: Managing Manure To Save Mankind, and that
objection wasn’t due to the subject matter, but the title: I don’t approve of using swear words (if I can help it!).
To get the gist of the man, Wes Jackson (founder of The Land Institute) is probably right in describing Logsdon, as “one of only three people I know who
are able to make a living exclusively out of writing what should be common sense.”
Presumably, the other two are revered Kentucky farmer-philosopher Wendell Berry and Virginia “grass farmer” Joel Salatin (author, among others, of The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer).
To say Logsdon is “down to earth” is an understatement (with Sh-t!, who else writes a whole book dedicated to the intricacies of manure?). Hence, the
singular impact of his calling himself “a treehugger.” Often used in derision, Logsdon turns it around – exercising that uncommon common sense, again. How could someone who loves the outdoors, depends on the largess of farming, and even on the grace of clean air that trees produce, not
be an unabashed lover/hugger of trees?
Humans have always depended on trees for food, shelter, livelihood and safety, he notes. But trees are even more important now, in helping to halt climate change by sequestering carbon.
A simple fact, he observes: “A tree in its lifetime produces oxygen and consumes as much carbon dioxide as it will release when it is burned. Fossil
fuel such as coal or oil releases carbon dioxide and thermal energy withdrawn from circulation millions of years ago.” That simple math has profound
It is his gift of seeing old things anew and new things in new ways that makes Logsdon’s books an evergreen delight. Count me in with Gene Logsdson; I’m very happily a treehugger, too!
Check out Logsdon’s blog: http://thecontraryfarmer.wordpress.com.
Last column: This is my final column with The Clarion-Ledger.
I am among those longtime employees given a buyout.
Not near retirement age, I am eagerly investigating new projects and employment.
I have a contract with Findhorn Press for a book on organic food, farming and gardening. Look for it Sept. 1.
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Thank you, dear readers, for 22 years with The Clarion-Ledger and before that with the Jackson Daily News. I can’t thank you enough for all the kind words and support over all these years.
It’s been fun!
(Note: I intend to continue this blog.)
Jim PathFinder Ewing is a journalist, author, writer, editor, organic farmer and blogger. His latest book titled Conscious Food: Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating (Findhorn Press) is in bookstores now. Find Jim on Facebook: http://bit.ly/cuxUdc or follow him @edibleprayers or @organicwriter or visit blueskywaters.com.