101Re: [fukuoka_farming] fukuoka's agronomical reform
- Dec 2, 2001REPLY: Your most interesting statement of the potential for natural farming unfortunately ended (at least on my computer ) with the sentence "as far as natural seed production . . . . . it could only be possible with..." Could you please resubmit your thoughts on natural seed production. The question seems of primary importance to me because many "heritage" farmers put such faith in protecting the diversity of the genetic seed pool that they refer to themselves as "seedsmen." One of the traditional markers of the quality of an agricultural system for such people is how much the system promotes the saving and trading of seeds. They take seeds as a fundamental measure of the fecundity, value, and worth of the agricultural approach used. A system that fails to produce an adundance and surplus of seeds they judge deficient. Is the natural system of farming so revolutionary that this seed-dispersion marker is no longer valid?
emhaz@... wrote: greetings
it has taken me a long time to be part of this work group, although
my interest in fukuoka's work started when the "1 straw revolution"
book came out reinforcing the no-till possibility for vegetable
growing that Ruth Stout had been already claiming.As i live in a
mediterranean & (low)mountain region in the south of france, very
quickly i had to find further strategies so as to get some edible
fukuoka's agriculture is the first agronomical reform that has
happened since agriculture was invented: he has proved that crop
plants do not export any nutrients from the soil,(tilling does), &
therefore compensating with composts,manures or any other fertilizer
is not longer necessary.of course natural agriculture is organic but
its principles are totally different. plants main source of food does
not come from the soil but from the sky: light, sunshine feeds for
95% the plants (watch out when you put tall red clover, as companion
to crops!)the research adapting natural agriculture to vegetable
growing for dry & cold climat made me reaalize that what was
essential was to stablish a soil in which life would go on as if it
was in the wild...letting soil's self-fertility dynamic take place,
in spite of taking out crops! it has being now about 3O years that
i've been into this practice & the results prouve that it is posible
to grow food synergistically. any agriculture implies manipulation,
what type one does is our choice but it is not possible to practice
an agriculture (unleast a climate where rain happens regularly)
without some insisting care(of course i'm only refering to vegetable
growing,as i haven't tried any reforesting or land regreening).
about producing seeds naturally would only be possible with self
pollinating plants, or the species cross -pollinating would make it
impossible to know what one is growing by those seeds until it could
be too late...
As far as natural seed production...it could only be possible with
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