Lawrence F. London, Jr. - Venaura Farm - Chapel Hill, NC, USA
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Title: Light Writings
"The ultimate goal of farming is not
the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings"
Masanobu Fukuoka was born in 1913, of a family
that has farmed the Southern Japan Islands for over 1,400 years. Educated
as a microbiologist and soil scientist, he is now a Mahayana Buddhist who
practices simple agriculture as a spiritual path. He is the father and
master teacher, the Sensei of the art of Natural Farming.
"On this planet we do not have something
we can call Nature any more. We have lost it. We do not have Nature we
can go back to. What we must do is search for Nature. But human knowledge
cannot do it. We can only ask Nature. So we, and especially seed companies
in the world, should collect all kinds of seeds on the planet, and offer
them to God, Nature and pray. This kind of attitude toward Nature is necessary.
Of course, even if we pray, God will not say anything. We may not be inspired,
either. But the plants which start growing are God's answer. Nature will
Masanobu Fukuoka with Natural Farm brown rice,
* * * Natural Farming With Orchards
And Vegetables * * *
"The power of Nature is great, because
the natural structure is solid, three dimensional, not horizontal or two
dimensional. Some of my mountain peach trees have kiwis climbing on them,
and above the kiwi vines, there is a kind of melon. So three kinds of fruit
exist together at different heights. I get one or two kilograms of fruit
from one square meter of ground. This is a good sustainable yield. Natural
production is greater than man-made production, because the structure is
solid. Humans are destroying the power of Nature. We have only one-fourth
of the growing power of Nature left. We are not increasing fertility or
production, but rather trying to prevent production from failing by using
fertilizers. The world is digging itself into a bottomless pit with modern
agriculture. The simple hearth of the small farm is the true center of
our universe. Scientific thought is leading you away from a healthy life.
Even the practice of conventional organic agriculture is a dangerous digression.
It cannot be sustained if you have to rob part of the earth to feed another."
"Most farmers begin by asking, what if
I do this or what if I do that, but only dissipate themselves that way.
My approach just the opposite, seek the pleasant, natural way of farming.
In order to make the work easier, not harder, I ask, how about not doing
this or how about not doing that? By actual practice I finally reached
conclusion there is no need to plow, no need to apply artificial fertilizer,
no need to use pesticides at all. Most of the work of farming is created
by tampering with nature, which causes negative side effects. Very few
agricultural practices are even necessary, just scattering seed, spreading
straw on the soil and harvesting."
Ripe persimmons, fifty year old edible forest,
and daikon skeleton and kiwi fruit, Iyo, Japan.
* * * Natural Farming With Grains
And Legumes * * *
"The secret of growing grain is
as simple as the symbiosis of rice, barley or wheat, and clover. In October
I broadcast clover and barley over the ripening heads of rice. A few weeks
later harvesters actually trample the seedlings, but they recover quickly.
The gathered rice is dried for three days, thrashed, and the uncut straw
scattered randomly back on the field. If ducks or chickens are not free
to roam then occasionally I add a little manure as well. Before the New
Year arrives I coat rice seeds with clay and broadcast them over green
barley, then I wait for spring to come. By harvest in May the winter crop
is ripe, white clover covers the field, and rice shoots are sprouting from
clay pellets. Barley is harvested, dried and thrashed, and the uncut straw
mulch is again returned to the field. I then flood for five or six days,
just to weaken the clover while the young rice shoots break through. In
June and July my field goes dry though my neighbors keep theirs under water.
In August I irrigate every week or ten days. That's about all there is
until harvest, and the cycles begin again."
Vegetable ground cover, brown rice drying
in the straw, and silver bamboo grove, Iyo, Japan.
* * * Natural Farming With Seed Balls
* * *
"You know that daikon radish seeds are
in hard shells, well, I noticed that when they drop on the ground, they
decay as they start to sprout. So I realized if they need a shell like
that, then clay can be the shell for a ball with many seeds inside. Seed
balls need at least one hundred kinds of seeds. One seed eventually makes
ten thousand seeds. If you sow seed balls, and wait three years, you will
understand what Nature is. It works much better than reading books about
Natural Farming. Seed balls are a small universe in themselves. I have
written six books, but I was unable to express what Nature is in words.
So I decided to manifest Nature in form. A seed ball is a one centimeter
model of a Natural Farm, with trees, fruits, vegetables and grains. I do
not say my one hundred kinds of seeds are the best. It is just an entrance
to Natural Farming."
Daikon radish seeds sprouting from rain
soaked clay seed balls, Iyo, Japan.
"I love best to give children boxes
of seeds as gifts because they scatter them so innocently. Sow seed balls
with a child-like mind whenever, wherever, without judging the first year.
During the second year birds or bugs will carry the seeds from the plants
and sow them naturally for you. So in the third year you will get a natural
design. Children sometimes sow seeds in unexpected places, and that brings
us to a big discovery that we never even considered. Even if ninety-nine
percent fail, and only one percent succeed, that will take us to new possibilities.
If you use human wisdom, you will only achieve the result you expect. Give
yourself to whatever you do one-hundred percent or not at all, and do not
doubt. Everything will be all right. Just spread seed balls and Nature
will do the rest."
Think of it! A whole habitat in a tiny clay
For More Information See Masanobu Fukuoka's
Books (Ask At Your Library)
-- The One-Straw Revolution (ISBN 0-87857-220-1)
-- The Road Back To Nature (ISBN 0-87040-673-6)
-- The Natural Way Of Farming (ISBN 0-87040-613-2)
-- The Close To Nature Garden, A Video Tape
by Rodale Press: Authur Mokin Productions --
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