It sometimes happens that a human being is so profoundly affected by one moment in time, that their entire life’s purpose comes into focus. That moment happened for Roger Blobaum in 1971, the first time that he visited an organic farm—Clarence Van Sant’s near Grinell Iowa. Roger was so moved by the vitality of the soil, crops, and animals, that it set the course for his life work and dedication. The results of that moment are present in this historic collection and are a precious gift to nature, land, and the sustainable agriculture community.
It has been an extraordinary experience for me, after 25 years as an organic farmer, to sit in Roger’s basement office and hold in my hands these documents that have played an integral role in shaping organic policy and thinking. The success of organic farmers and the development of the organic movement has been greatly influenced and supported by Roger’s passion and contributions. The life work and organic spirit of Roger Blobaum is truly an earth endowment that will never stop giving. – Atina Diffley, editor and designer, Roger Blobaum’s Organic History Website, March, 2012