"There's something about getting up at 5 a.m., feeding the stock and chickens, and milking a couple of cows before breakfast that gives you a lifelong respect for the price of butter and eggs."
"There's nothing like sitting back and talking to your cows."
"Never kick a cow chip on a hot day."
"Opie, you haven't finished your milk. We can't put it back in the cow, you know."
~From The Andy Griffith Show
"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists."
"All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow."
"Pigs have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated. Even more so than dogs and certainly [more so than] three-year-olds. They have the ability to express friendships, use vocalizations and body language, and are particularly fond of playing games with one another."
~Dr. Donald, Cambridge University professor and former scientific advisor to the Council of Europe
"I am a member of an endangered species. I am an American Farmer. We farmers represent less than one percent of this nation’s population, yet our numbers continue to dwindle each year as agri-business giants like Monsanto, Cargill, and ADM devour us. I don’t understand why banks are too big to fail, but nothing is done to stem the alarming loss of healthy small farms, almost always family enterprises. Banks can fail; agriculture cannot. We do not eat or drink money."
~Eric Herm (Auther of Son of A Farmer, Child of the Earth)
"Don't you find it odd that people will put more work into choosing their mechanic or house contractor than they will into choosing the person who grows their food?"
"This is the sort of farm machinery I like: never needs its oil changed, appreciates over time, and when you're done with it you eat it."
"Most of the time pests and disease are just nature's way of telling the farmer he's doing something wrong."
“All of these farms all over this county used to supply Staunton with home-cured bacon and ham. That was the backbone of the rural economy 50 years ago, and nobody got sick.”
"I'm just the orchestra conductor, making sure everybody's in the right place at the right time."
“If you want government food, go to the supermarket and buy government food. But for those who want to have a relationship with their food, and the accountability that inherently comes with voluntarily and informatively opting out of the supermarket to go ask around, smell around, sniff around, look around and opt out of the government food system, they ought to have that right.”
"You, as a food buyer, have the distinct privilege of proactively participating in shaping the world your children will inherit."
"A farm includes the passion of the farmer's heart, the interest of the farm's customers, the biological activity in the soil, the pleasantness of the air about the farm -- it's everything touching, emanating from, and supplying that piece of landscape. A farm is virtually a living organism. The tragedy of our time is that cultural philosophies and market realities are squeezing life's vitality out of most farms. And that is why the average farmer is now 60 years old. Serfdom just doesn't attract the best and brightest."
~ Joel Salatin
"How do you make a small fortune with horses? You start with a large fortune!"
~Uncle Jeff Claypool