Quel dommage que vous soyiez si loin...de la France !
About your instinctive way of eating, I would be extremely interested in
knowing what, how and when it leads you to eat.
Also, about the area you're presently living in : to which part of
France can it be compared, regarding your fruit and crops ?
And how did you get to know about instinctive nutrition ? Through Burger
I have been discovering many natural ways of living for about nine years
(in fact I actually started when my son was born) : natural
breastfeeding, natural way of learning how to read and calculate,
natural diet, natural healing (fasting, and natural stimulations in the
case of neurological problems, usually owed to our unnatural ways of
living and our unnatural environment), natural gardening...everything is
My kitchen garden is rather small at the moment, but life goes on, new
things happen, and everything is evolving for the best.
Bravo pour votre d�termination !
Catherine (unfortunately still living West of Paris, but fortunately
surrounded by the forest)
De : Ingrid Bauer/Jean-Claude Catry [mailto:instinct@...
Envoy� : mercredi 26 f�vrier 2003 10:37
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Objet : [fukuoka_farming] somebody there?
I Am thrilled that a list about Masanobu Fukuoka 's work got establish
.For how long and how many peoples ?
Can we see archives ?
I would like to start to introduce myself .
My name is jean-claude ,i am french and have been inspired by masanobu's
book " the natural way of farming " 11 years ago when i moved to canada
where i live . I have been practicing since .
The funniest thing is that when i met this book that winter i had just
double digged my new garden ( in fact my first personal garden ) and
made raised beds .
But Masanobu's way got me deep because at that time i had been
practicing instinctive nutrition for few years and i discovered that
Masanobu was talking about the same philosophy that is behind this way
of eating , i had the experience at a different level of what he is
talking about .
Instinctive nutrition is based on eating only undenatured foods in the
state as one will found them in nature without mixing transforming
cooking ,juicing seasonning etc.. one food at a time chosen by sense of
the idea of "you can't do better than Nature "is fully expressed here so
the no till just resonated for me .
I had heard about instinctive eating at age 17 but went only into
practice when i was 30 despite i was convinced right away .
I never heard of this crazy japanese farmer before so when i read the
book i didn't hesitate and went in practice right away and fully .( i
was not going to waste years that time )
So first thing i did on those newlly raised bed was to plant clover in
the pathway and the side of the beds ....this garden lasted one year and
i moved to a 30 acres property that i took care for 5 years .( this
1rst garden , as soon the new renter got in , destroyed all my work and
tilled everything )
the deal for this new property was to establish an orchard for the
owner (with who i had a great relationship ) for her son to be able to
come back living on this island . She build a cabine so we could live
there and the son will have built a house and we could lived there for a
very long term .( it is 15 acres flat meadow with deep soil and high
water table and 15 acres slopped wood on the north face of the mountain
So i started to plant long term things first ( nuts then fruits trees,
then berries etc,,). My plan was to establish the type of orchard That
masanobu established . Because of my diet where grains are absent so i
was not too inspired by his rice field .)
I worked mostly with perennials but had also some grains and vegetables
, i got chickens etc...
5 years later when fruits were starting to produce ,my landlady died
suddenlly and the land was put for sale by the son ( i discovered
then the son didn't want this land he wanted the money )
5 years of full time planting of hundreds of trees and bushes that i
resorted myself to dig out( everything was not too big) .(
retrospectivelly i should had dig out more ...)
All plants were started from cuttings or layering or seedlings or
recycled from ditches etc... i din't buy any ( my land land bought the
few trees she wanted to have established ) i started on a flat meadow
and resorted to mulching or potato growing on sod and mulched to open
the ground to new annuals plants ( i used the scythe a lot ).
so i moved to the new place that i presently work with for the 5th
season now .very different setting .
5 acres of fir forest with very thick underbrush of salal berries ,
ocean spray and sword ferns with many rock bluffs interspaced by some
alder bottom ( the lnad when i came in was untouched by the previous
owner and was a 2nd growth forest of many decades . the bushes are so
thick that it is impenetrable and some parts of the land have still not
been walk thru yet .
so very little sun apart the rocky bluffs where no trees are growing (
My vegetable garden have been established on one of those rocks .i
planted fig trees right on the rock and mulched around over the roots
and recovered of some earth .on top i sowed greens to start the process
of building up the biomass. Those beds are now at every season mulched
with more material coming from the outside then recovered with a layer
of new earth to sow new seeds once the harvest is done .That way those
beds are becoming with very thin earth very fertile . I also sow outside
the beds , directly on the mossy rock , vegetables and produce
amazingly beautifull plants considering their roots have only the
thickness of the moss to feed on ( no earth ).
the rest of the land support 2 goats and 12 pigeons and is planted with
nuts , fruits and berries . i am planning to have chickens and ducks
I am for sure overwhelmed by the growth of the alders that i thin
slowlly overtime to keep the forest environment, waiting for the fruit
and nut trees to replace them . Because of that competition the trees
are growing slowlly but i think it is for the best .
berries are planted everywhere and am observing where they prefer to
About Natural way of farming , i have been presenting it , mostly in
primitive skills gathering , for many years to many peoples .
I have seen beautifull ex of natural farms in kerala (India ) . one
especially that is a communauty that do an excellent work .few years
ago i went there for very different purpose and ended up on a tour of
natural farms . I was amazed to enconter this movement when i thought i
was alone on that planet practicing this approach .I have been carried
away for 2 months by this network of very dedicated peoples from place
to place and most amazing was , i encontered Masanobu fukuoka himself
the last 2 days of my trip .
I arrived a morning in Bombay to get my plane to France the next day
.I phoned the book store that carry his books That i wanted to bring
back and had ordered and got told that Masanobu just arrived
unannounced and was going to speak to few journalists that afternoon .
I got invited to join , listen to what he had to say to indian peoples
before going back to japan . He was in Somalia and was going home whwn
at the last minute change his plane to stop for 2 days in Bombay . It
just happens we arrived the same day .
he was proposing us to answer our questions the next day where he was
staying . My plane was leaving early in the morning and was so
disapointed i could not stay . But when i phoned Air India to confirm ,
they told me that the plane was cancelled because of a strike and was
going to leave the next day only .
So i got to be there with masanobu a full day eating at the same table
To me that was so much a confirmation that the path against the crowd i
took was supported somewhere .
When doubt arise in my mind i can allways goes back to that experience
that there is something way beyond my thiking that is worth tapping into
And in that practice i have been challenged a lot and i have been scared
also of failure a lot , But there is allways a tiny spark in me that
shine with confidence .
Natural way farming is for real !
hope to read you all soon , I hope i am not talking to the wall .
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