About 10,000 years ago we invented agriculture. The following quotes and proverbs all relate to agriculture, farming and the cultivation of crops.

Mechanized agriculture

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A dry March, a wet April and a cool May fill barn and cellar and bring much hay.
Traditional prediction of harvest according to the weather.

A hive of bees in May is worth a load of hay.

A lawsuit is a fruit-tree planted in a lawyer's garden.

A lazy man's farm is the breeding ground for snakes.

A patent on seeds is a patent on freedom. If you have to pay for patented seeds, it's like being forced to buy your own freedom.
Ka Memong Patayan

A plant is like a self-willed man, out of whom we can obtain all which we desire, if we will only treat him his own way.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A reasonable agriculture would do its best to emulate nature. Rather than change the earth to suit a crop it would diversify its crops to suit the earth.
Verlyn Klinkenborg

A root, a stem, a leaf, some means of capturing sunlight and air and making food - in sum, a plant. The green substance of this earth, the chlorophyll, is all summed up in the plants. Without them we perish, all of us who are flesh and blood.
Hal Borland

A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.
Gertrude Stein

A woman's belly is a garden with many kinds of fruit.

A year of snow, a year of plenty.

Advances in medicine and agriculture have saved vastly more lives than have been lost in all the wars in history.
Carl Sagan

African agriculture depends on labor. You can't produce crops if there is nobody to work on the farms.
Annmarie Kormawa

After the First World War the economic problem was no longer one of production. It was the problem of finding markets to get the output of industry and agriculture dispersed and consumed.
John Boyd Orr

Agriculture engenders good sense, and good sense of an excellent kind.
Joseph Joubert

Agriculture for an honorable and highminded man, is the best of all occupations or arts by which men procure the means of living.

Agriculture is best, enterprise is acceptable, but avoid being on a fixed wage.

Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.
Thomas Jefferson

Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful, and most noble employment of man.
George Washington

Agriculture is the noblest of all alchemy; for it turns earth, and even manure, into gold, conferring upon its cultivator the additional reward of health.
Paul Chatfield

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.
Samuel Johnson

Agriculture was the first manufacturing industry in America and represents the best of all of us.
Zack Wamp

Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.
Thomas Jefferson

An agricultural life is one eminently calculated for human happiness and human virtue.
Josiah Quincy

As is the gardener, such is the garden.

As the garden grows so does the gardener.

As you sow, so shall you reap.
You should accept the consequences of your own actions.

Because of technological limits, there is a certain amount of food that we can produce per acre. If we were to have intensive greenhouse agriculture, we could have much higher production.
Ralph Merkle

Before most people had ever tasted a potato, the Royal Society debated the practicality of making it a staple crop in Ireland (ironically, as a hedge against famine).
Bill Bryson
Source: Seeing further: the story of science & the Royal Society

Black soil produces white bread.

Blessed be agriculture! if one does not have too much of it.
Charles Dudley Warner

Bring diversity back to agriculture. That's what made it work in the first place.
David R. Brower

Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.
William Jennings Bryan

By increasing the use of renewable fuels such as ethanol and bio-diesel, and providing the Department of Energy with a budget to create more energy efficiency options, agriculture can be the backbone of our energy supply as well.
John Salazar

Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture.

Corn is a greedy crop, as farmers will tell you.
Michael Pollan

Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.
Thomas Jefferson

Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.
Source: Deuteronomy 22:9

Eating is an agricultural act.
Wendell Berry

Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, 'Grow -- grow!'

Every garden may have some weeds.

Every major food company now has an organic division. There's more capital going into organic agriculture than ever before.
Michael Pollan

Everything in the garden is rosy.
Everything is satisfactory.

Farming is a most senseless pursuit, a mere laboring in a circle. You sow that you may reap, and then you reap that you may sow. Nothing ever comes of it.
Joannes Stobaeus

Farming is a profession of hope.
Brian Brett

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Farming was independently invented at least seven times—in China, the Middle East, New Guinea, the Andes, the Amazon basin, Mexico, and West Africa.
Bill Bryson
Source: At Home

Fast food may appear to be cheap food and, in the literal sense it often is, but that is because huge social and environmental costs are being excluded from the calculations.
Prince Charles

Fast ripe, fast rotten.

For of all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well-bred man than agriculture.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

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