Welcome to Yeoman Farmer Rambling

Fall Plowing

“Fall Plowing” – Grant Wood (1931)

What’s Yeoman Farmer Rambling about?

All things related to the Journey toward Unity with Creator and Creation.  In a sense, the metaphors of the Garden of Eden, Exile, and Return will be the categories to unify a spectrum of interests.

Above, you will find two tabs – Yeoman Ramblings of Exile & Return and Yeoman Farming in the Garden.  The Yeoman Ramblings of Exile & Return is related to understanding the human condition – history, religion, politics, philosophy, literature, and the arts.   The Yeoman Farming in the Garden is related to living the human condition – food, fellowship, gardening, homesteading, DIY projects, etc.

Why Yeoman Farmer?

There is a sense that we have lost our way.

  • Technology seems to be less of a tool to serve us and more of a master.
  • Economics has made people commodities.
  • Consumption drives our behavior to horde temporal things.
  • We are Mobile and Busy with schedules that allow little time for meaningful trusting relationships.

Do we really think we are free and human?

Hope is in the past ideals of the Yeoman Farmer.  We can live in gratitude, cultivating relationships that bring unity through communion with family, friends, and creation.

Who is the Yeoman Farmer?

We can all be Yeoman Farmers.  Gender is no barrier nor are the confines of the city, as the Urban Homesteading movement has proven.  The characteristics of the Yeoman Farmer include living independently tempered by our community of neighbor and nature.

As the historian Richard Hofstadter stated in a 1956 issue of the American Heritage Magazine, the Yeoman Farmer is a hero.

“…he is the ideal man and the ideal citizen. …The yeoman, who owned a small farm and worked it with the aid of his family, was the incarnation of the simple, honest, independent, healthy, happy human being. Because he lived in close communion with beneficent nature, his life was believed to have a wholesomeness and integrity impossible for the depraved populations of cities.
Jefferson the Sage

Jefferson the Sage

His well-being was not merely physical, it was moral; it was not merely personal, it was the central source of civic virtue; it was not merely secular but religious, for God had made the land and called man to cultivate it. Since the yeoman was believed to be both happy and honest, and since he had a secure propertied stake in society in the form of his own land, he was held to be the best and most reliable sort of citizen. To this conviction Jefferson appealed when he wrote: ‘The small land holders are the most precious part of a state.'”

Why Rambling?
Hopefully, I won’t be too lengthy or confusing, but rather a resource in the Journey.  This will be a blog on a wide variety of topics that all relate to one purpose in the Journey toward Union.

Who is the Inspiration for this blog?
My friend Troy, who truly is a modern day Yeoman Farmer, and Thomas Jefferson, the man behind the American mythology of the the Yeoman Farmer, inspired me to take up this project.  Thomas Jefferson had many interests, complexities, and contradictions.

Jefferson will be our Patron Blog Saint.