1198Re: [fukuoka_farming] Archives and website
- Oct 1, 2002Hi Larry,
I haven't checked in for a bit, but wanted to say thanks so much for doing
peace, Wendy B.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Larry Haftl" <larry@...>
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 12:24 PM
Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Archives and website
> Hello all,
> In my last message I made a comment about not having to search the
> entire archives for recommended links, then I thought, "What the
> heck, it's raining, why not...". So for the next several hours I
> went back and read through the entire archives. My intention was
> to pull out the links and also to gather those messages that had
> useful information which should be posted on the website in some
> way. I did that and have already added the seed sources to the links
> page on the website, but something else happened as I read through
> the messages...
> I began reading the messages backward in time, and as I did I began
> to see see some of the participants more clearly. I noticed how some
> people would pop up once or twice and then never be heard from again,
> while others would continue to actively participate. Some people
> would ask questions, never get an answer, and then never be heard
> from again. Others would actively participate and then all of a sudden
> disappear. Bargyla Ratever, if you are still with us, please say
> hello. Bargyl is 85 or 86 years old and when I saw that her information-
> rich posts stopped I began to worry that something might have happened
> to her. There are a few others who also seem to have gone into hibernation
> (or maybe just got out of the house in the good weather?) that were
> very active early on.
> We keep asking about who is trying to use Fukuoka's method. When
> you read the archives you see that several people all over the world
> have said that they are doing/starting to do it, and then you never
> hear from them again. If you are still here then say hello and let
> us know what is happening.
> I also became aware of how fragile the information exchange in this
> medium is. In my experiment I started with New Zealand white clover
> as a cover crop hoping it would overcome the grasses and weeds. It
> didn't. There was a brief message from Emilia (whom I'm developing
> a deep respect for) telling me that it wouldn't and suggesting other
> plants that would. Did I listen? No. Did I even hear her? I vaguely
> remembered the message but it didn't sink in at the time.
> As I read the messages I realized that there is an enormous amount
> of incredibly useful but randomly scattered and almost hidden/forgotten
> information in that archive. It really needs to see the light of
> day that the website can provide. On a personal note, many years
> ago before there was an internet I posted a recipe for Lemon Grass
> Chicken in a newsgroup on a local bulletin board (the old FIDOnet).
> That recipe still lives and is bouncing around in cyberspace because
> someone went back to those messages, extracted the recipe along with
> others, and put them in a searchable website archive. I also once
> made a crack about "non-belief in religion constitutes a religion
> about as much as non-belief in UFOs constitutes a space program".
> It too lives on. Weird...
> Anyway, reading the entire archive in one sitting (yes, I was up
> until 3 o'clock this morning) reinforced my belief that the many
> gems of useful information buried in the archive needs to see the
> light of day. Since the rain looks like it is going to continue for
> some time that is what I'll try to do. I'll keep you posted and probably
> ask for suggestions on how to organize and format it all as I go.
> And about the links... I prefer to have annotated links so that people
> will get some idea of what the link leads to before they make the
> jump. If any of you think my annotations on the links that are up
> already needs to be changed please say so. I promise it won't hurt
> my feelings.
> That's it for now.
> Larry Haftl
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