Re: [fukuoka_farming] Book - The Biggest Estate on Earth
- Dear Linda,
Yep, for sure!
Go for it! --and everyone worldwide please read it, without mentioning late Fukuoka Masanobu sensei, it relates very well, complements very well and expands immensely late Fukuoka Masanobu sensei's nature farming principles, practises and philosophy(s).
You can buy an ebook version too, cheaper.
i have it, have read it, and have critically read it very carefully, but have yet to write a proper scholarly critique of it
---i'm urging much greater scholars than me to write critical thinking reviews of it---such as recently urging Dr. Rosemary Hill (James Cook University, N QLD) to do so.
Please see a little of my involvement in the subject, for example
In another great group here:
Book: "Biggest Estate on Earth" is a major new learning exercise for most people in the world, regarding the many peoples and cultures of first Ozzies (Australians -- so called by the British invaders: Aborigines with a capital A), except it is not new nor a learning exercise for themselves, as Dr. Brad Moggridge (water scientist, CSIRO and first Australian) has written to me, it is awareness and practises inborn (in the bones) and growing up in all people who are first Australians. My very great privilege here in Australia has been that from year 1990 onwards numerous people who are First Australians have taught me about and involved me in this subject, of books "Biggest Estate on Earth" and "Dark Emu" as an English speaking Australian born of Scottish (and Vikings' ancestors in turn), a little French, Irish and perhaps English (German) ancestry, and of being brought up culturally also a bit with first Australians, Japanese and Tibetan families.
Bill Gammage and the "Biggest Estate on Earth" are getting massive interest all around Australia these days, since it, the book's release on 2011 Oct 01.
There are TV current affairs segments about it, radio programs about it, newspaper articles about it, major national speeches Bill Gammage has done about it, and much more---he's speaking all over Oz these days.
If you want to read a technical anthropology and ethnobotany science monograph on this subject, instead or as well, you can read:
Gerritsen, Rupert (2008). "Australia and the Origins of Agriculture". Archaeopress. ISBN 9781407303543. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
Rupert gave me a non-transferable e-copy 18 months ago. Sorry i shouldn't give that to anyone else. That Google books version is freely available to read in large part.
One even better again book on nature farming (by the principles of nature and late Fukuoka Masanobu sensei), Australia, is coming out before too long later this year:
Pascoe, Bruce 2012 "Dark Emu"
(refers to the message practical and spiritual of the area of stars in the night sky called the dark emu.)
Let's also wait, eagerly, for that book too.
i don't know the publisher yet:
see -> http://brucepascoe.com.au/
Hence from above,
i strongly recommend you attend, if living near enough and if convenient,
the following profound conversation for Australia, our past (true history), present and future:
"In Conversation: Bruce Pascoe and Bill Gammage"
Sunday 3 June
Black Box Studio
Cnr Glenfern Road and Matson Drive
Upwey VIC 3158
Phone: 9754 8723
Cafe Phone: 9754 5707
Open Tuesday to Sunday
10.30am to 4.00pm
Melway Reference: Map 75 B12
Car parking is available in the Burrinja Car Park which is situated off Matson Drive. Visitors to Burrinja are encouraged to consider carpooling when attending events and are asked to consider our neighbours when parking and leaving.
$10 / Members Free
Part of the Memories - Contact with White People Public Program.
Gippsland resident and author of Convincing Ground, Bruce Pascoe will present his recent book Dark Emu, an examination of the Aboriginal economy as seen by the �Explorers�. Bruce Pascoe will be in conversation with Bill Gammage, who recently published The Biggest Estate on Earth � How Aborigines made Australia, a book that examines land-management strategies used by Aboriginal people around the country prior to colonialisation.
This talk will go for approx. 90 minutes. Places are limited so please book online or call 9754 8723.
see, from here: -> http://www.burrinja.org.au/index.php/burrinja-whats-on/whats-on-art
If as i may be, in Melbourne at the time, instead of here in Cairns: i will definitely attend. And so we also can meet Bill Gammage, amazing writer Bruce Pascoe and each other!
Phew! There' you go, lot's for you, Linda.
--currently in Cairns, Bama country, The Wet Tropics of far north Queensland.
--Openly accepting of (my) membership of, my part within, nature.
On 04/05/2012, at 2:16 PM, Linda Shewan wrote:
> Hi Jason,
> Directed to Jason because you have so much knowledge in this area but anyone
> who has read it please reply..
> I am considering purchasing
> <http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=94&book=9781742377483> The
> Biggest Estate on Earth How Aborigines Made Australia
> What are your thoughts on this book? Have you read it by chance?
> Thanks, Linda
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