Every so often I read Masanobu Fukuoka’s The One Straw Revolution to about gardening, and has clearly influenced the permaculture farming movement, too. Fukuoka’s approach is considered one of the key inspirations to both the organic farming and permaculture movements. This approach does not use. This is a fairly recent video about the Natural Farming pioneer Masanobu Fukuoka () that was produced by one of his former.

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In the preface to the US editions of The One-Straw RevolutionWendell Berry wrote that Fukuoka’s techniques are not “directly applicable to most American farms,” but ultimately concludes that it would be “a mistake to assume that the practical passages of permadulture book are worthless Susan Kulis on May 10, at 1: Views Read Edit View history.

Claudia on May 13, at 5: Retrieved 29 December I also talked to Dr Don Marks. Fukuoka has observed that careless use of compost dressing can actually drain the soil of the essential nutrients. The next year he scattered the straw across the pfrmaculture field.

Other techniques have been changed; the pattern of irrigation is more conventional to reduce conflicts with neighbours. The huge pagoda is still there Rather, Fukuoka believed that growing sturdy crops in a healthy environment is the key.

Guest on May 10, at 4: Add more that one seed. It’s funny that when I arrived in Japan I thought the neat and tidy rice fields were the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.

Email me when there are new comments note: I take it the citrus was the main cash crop that kept it all paid for? Here it has become a natural, fruit-bearing forest with minimal intervention. The surrounding forest is the source of mushrooms, wild herbs and vegetables.


Fukuoka Farming: Working with Nature

InFukuoka married his wife Ayako, and they had five children together. Fukuoka re-invented and advanced the use of clay seed balls. He has won all kinds of awards for his work. If you have time to consider the questions above, thanks; if not, I won’t be offended. Instead of tilling to make a seed bed, he sowed his seed right on top of the soil.

The Fukuoka’s do have ‘open days’ for the want of a better word now and again, which usually means part work to pay for the distraction, I guess! Still, in Japan he was little noticed. His vegetable growing also reflects this idea. Check date values in: Once he has tilted the balance slightly in favor of his crops Fukuoka interferes as little as possible with the plant and animal communities in his fields. You have inspired me to grow organic.

The beauty of the seed ball permacultude is not only its simplicity and economy of production. Get only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of fukukka comments on this post. Me, putting all that carbon dioxide into the air, wearing out a tractor, oxidizing all of that carbon from the soil or using a little glyphosate in the right way?

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I sensed that, with the clearing of the dawn mist, I had been transformed completely, body and soul. I use an ounce of molasses per gallon of mix. You are saying roundup is ok to use? I kind of feel that way when I get to do a farm tour with someone. Dr Huber is known to duck and leave the room when challenged. He studied plant pathology and spent several years working as a customs inspector in Yokohama.


I mentioned that Fukuoka’s farm is a fine model of permaculture design. Until Bill Mollison read The One-Straw Revolution he said he had no idea of how to include grain growing in his permaculture designs.

Then he would sow next year’s rice seed and lay straw across the field. A do-nothing permacultkre has been followed on the hilltop surrounding Fukuoka’s hut.

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Or did they do the same and I just did not read it! Fukuoka invites visitors from Zone 4 anytime. And in the meantime, move on to another chore.

By the s, Fukuoka recorded that he and his family shipped some 6, crates of citrus to Tokyo each year, totalling about 90 tonnes. And a seed balling workshop would be a very fine, inspirational and easy inaugral event to hold. The hut next to it is falling down now. His method requires less labor than any other, yet the yields in his orchard and fields compare favorably with the most productive Japanese farms which use all the technical know-how of modern science.