Monday, March 20, 2023

Resource Management

 Rain on the hills in ages past
Made the soil and grew the grass
That fed the deer and buffalo
Now cattle, sheep and goats, you know.

When the grass was overused
Rocks appeared and soil diffused
into the river silt and sand
The Pecos and the Rio Grande
And moved toward the end, you know
to fill the Gulf of Mexico
Now if you have excessive stock
And graze the hillsides down to rock
The soil your heirs should get, you know
is in the Gulf of Mexico
And your eternal price to pay
May rest upon that judgement day
When God commands:  "You lay the track,
Return the soil upon your back."

- Dr. Jake Landers (1931-Present), as quoted in Native American Seeds' 2023 Spring Catalog

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