The Progressive Farmer is featuring photos this year from its vast archives. This photo appeared in our April 1939 issue, Image J.W. McManigal Agricultural Photographs / The Progressive Farmer Archives

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
1 Corinthians 4:2 (KJV)

The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.
Pope John Paul II

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.
Wendell Berry

In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.
Iroquois Saying

A leader must be a good listener. He must be willing to take counsel. He must show a genuine concern and love for those under his stewardship.
James Faust

If we fall in love with creation deeper and deeper, we will respond to its endangerment with passion.
Hildegard Von Bingen

If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world.
Claude Pepper

When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.
Alanis Obomsawin

Never cut what you can untie.
Joseph Joubert

A society is defined not only by what it creates but by what it refuses to destroy.
John Sawhill

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Destroying species is like tearing pages out of an unread book, written in a language humans hardly know how to read, about the place where they live.
Holmes Rolston III

We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy--sun, wind and tide.
Thomas Edison

Nature is cruel, but we don’t have to be.
Temple Grandin

What is the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.
Henry David Thoreau

The world, we are told, was made especially for man--a presumption not supported by all the facts … Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation?
John Muir

What is common to many is taken least care of, for all men have greater regard for what is their own than for what they possess in common with others.

Mankind has a divine duty, to be stewardship of the natural resources.
Lailah Gifty Akita

He who fails to know his real and true competitor shall never be able to give a good account of his stewardship in life!
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:28 (KJV)

Every part of this soil is sacred in the estimation of my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove has been made holy by some sad or happy event in days long vanished.
Chief Seattle (Seathl)


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