We all need a little diversion, and I think that in these times, learning from our founding forefathers is absolutely critical….I’m not alone…..
From a new book by Andrea Wulf:
Why was gardening so important to the founding fathers?
The most obvious answer is that good crops were incredibly important to the economy and to America’s self-sufficiency. On an ideological level, the founders believed America should be an agrarian republic of virtuous citizens who were connected to the country because they worked the soil. America’s landscape also became invested with patriotism and provided a distinct national identity. Whereas Europe had antiquity and ancient ruins, America had to find something that was better in the New World than in the Old. Rugged mountains and untamed forest came to represent a country that wanted to see itself as strong and fertile.