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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The One Straw Revolution: Instead of spraying pesticides, he allowed pests and diseases to stick around and even take out a small part of his crop in order to encourage their predators to come in fukupka eventually strike a balance. This is a truth which I have held even prior the course, but reinforced by the science behind the education.

Masanobu Fukuoka

When his experiments resulted in failure the other villagers would ridicule his work. They improve the soil and invite beneficial organisms into the area, among other things. The surrounding forest is the source of mushrooms, wild herbs and vegetables.

There, the animals, tall trees and shrubs are living together in harmony. I am living in Tokyo now and I was wondering if there is anyone fukuika in Japan keeping up his permacultture or if there is another farm I might be able to visit and possibly work at or learn from that you may know of.

Claudia on May 10, at 5: I haven’t fukuokq back to Japan since so I’m a little out of touch by 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.


I had not heard of permaculture at the time, but I can see now that Fukuoka’s farm is a classic working model of permaculture design.

Masanobu Fukuoka – Wikipedia

It still contains many of the basic permacultural design features. After World War IIhis father lost most of the family lands due to forced redistribution policies of the American occupying forces and was left with only three-eighths of an acre of rice land and the hillside citrus orchards his son had taken over before the war.

He did not plow his fields, used no agricultural chemicals or prepared fertilizers, did not flood his rice fields as farmers have fukuok in Asia for centuries, and yet his yields equaled or surpassed the most productive farms in Japan. Wild animals and birds come and go freely.

The seeds may germinate next week, or next Spring. He is quite busy just taking care of all the things he needs to do, so Masato has asked that people please not come to the farm to visit. Rather, this form of farming is a process of learning from the natural world and following its example and the wisdom already inherently found there.

Me, putting all that carbon dioxide into the air, wearing out a tractor, oxidizing all of that carbon from the soil or using fukyoka little glyphosate in the right way? When a problem in farming arises, it is through the close scrutiny of the natural processes that the solution is found, rather than through the application of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, nor through some other major disruption of the natural systems such as tilling or plowing.


All of these are certainly good practices that I generally follow. Permaculturre International Perspectiveedited by N. Fukuoka-san’s farm is now being run by his oldest son, Masato.

It is remarkable permadulture Fukuoka and Bill Mollison, working independently, on two different continents with entirely different environmental conditions should come up with such similar solutions to the question, “How can people on live this planet sustainably and in harmony with nature. Seedballing can be used like a sort of amplified natural selection… Nature, ultimately, still decides what to grow where, but if the conditions in a particular place are right, you now have a fkuoka.

This required close observation of the natural cycle of those plants. Fukuoka’s techniques have proven difficult to apply, even on most Japanese farms, and have been described as a sophisticated approach despite their simple appearance. Inhe lectured at the Indian Science Congressstate agricultural universities and other venues.

FromFukuoka began to practise and experiment with new techniques on organic citrus orchards and used the observations gained to develop the idea of “Natural Farming”.

Plus, his fields and crops looked completely different than everyone elses fields with weeds and clover growing everywhere and insects of all kinds flying and crawling about. Chris, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Absolutely not, glyphosate- there are alternatives that may be safer, GMO creeps me out, they are trying to play God. Seed Ball land art by Anne Cooper: The vegetables reseed themselves and move around the orchard from year to year.