Wendell Berry is an American icon. If you have never heard of him then go read his 40+ written works.
That might give you an idea of how profound this man is.
He has been living, writing, farming and raising hell for over 80 years. Wendell Berry is a rural poet warrior. He righteously defends small farms, local economies and the family.
"What I stand for is what I stand on."
According to him, the good life includes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technologies, healthy rural communities, connection to place, the pleasures of good food, husbandry, good work, local economics, the miracle of life, fidelity, frugality, reverence, and the interconnectedness of life.
The threats Berry finds to this good simple life include: industrial farming and the industrialization of life, ignorance, hubris, greed, violence against others and the natural world, the eroding topsoil in the United States, global economics and environmental destruction.
His speech at Expo '74 was responsible for the creation of Washington Tilth.
Wendell Berry, Bad Ass Farmer!