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Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fw: Fukuoka and life

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  • Sergio Montinola
    Hi All, Fukuoka s principle lives on through life. The simplicity of living with nature and not disturbing it. We all can benefit if we make all things simple
    Message 1 of 7 , Feb 22, 2003
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      Hi All,

      Fukuoka's principle lives on through life. The
      simplicity of living with nature and not disturbing

      We all can benefit if we make all things simple and
      not complicate matters.

      We live our lives as we experience it. Nautural and
      spiritual in our minds and hearts.

      We should do things as nature does it. Fukuoka allowed
      this to influence his thoughts and deeds. Nature is
      said to be the wise and true teacher of life.

      We must expect that man is only an observer and doer
      of what nature has taught and allowed us to
      experience. Nothing more. We do more we distroy the
      experience and the lesson. Fukuoka simply applied it
      to his garden. The lesson is clear, we have to look
      and observe all around us and do what comes naturally
      and productively beneficial for ALL mankind.

      Sergio J. Montinola

      --- "Robin, Maya, or Napi" <seafloorgarden@...>
      > Hi Steve & All,
      > The recent soccer metaphor is giving much to
      > think about. One
      > line of Steve's that I keep trying to understand,
      > though, is about not
      > having to wait for the clover to work. Is that to
      > mean, not having to
      > see the finished garden, or maybe not having to see
      > the beneficial
      > soil interaction, to believe in it? Probably trying
      > too hard to
      > understand something that would otherwise pop right
      > out at face value.
      > Similar thoughts to the soccer imagery are by
      > Maechelle Small
      > Wright, who founded Perelandra research garden in
      > Virginia, USA, based
      > on the Findhorn Garden in Scotland. Kooky stuff,
      > but in keeping with
      > the absolute respect for the intelligence of nature.
      > Before I read
      > Fukuoka's "The ultimate goal of farming is not the
      > growing of crops,
      > but the cultivation and perfection of human
      > beings.", one of Wright's
      > books, Behaving as if the God in All Life Matters,
      > was my introduction
      > to a take on things similar to Steve's. She wrote
      > the following
      > (excerpts):
      > Nature's laws of balance apply equally to
      > "gardens" that do not
      > grow in soil. To understand how nature can consider
      > such things as a
      > classroom, business, professional practice and
      > partnership, research
      > lab, highway, home and family a garden, read
      > "Nature's Definition of a
      > Garden." (excerpted below)
      > Humans tend to look at gardens as an expression
      > of nature. Nature
      > looks at gardens as an expression of humans. They
      > are initiated,
      > defined and maintained by humans. When humans
      > dominate all aspects and
      > elements of the life of the garden, we consider this
      > environment to be
      > human dominant. We consider an environment to be
      > "nature friendly"
      > when humans understand that the elements used to
      > create gardens are
      > form and operate best under the laws of nature, and
      > when humans have
      > the best intentions of trying to cooperate with what
      > they understand
      > these laws to be. When humans understand that nature
      > is a full partner
      > in the design and operation of that environment�and
      > act on this
      > knowledge�we consider the environment to be actively
      > moving toward a
      > balance between involution (nature) and evolution
      > (human).
      > Nature does not consider the cultivation of a
      > plot of land as the
      > criteria for a garden. Nature considers a garden to
      > exist wherever
      > humans define, initiate and interact with form to
      > create a specialized
      > environment. This is the underlying intent of a
      > garden and the reason
      > behind the development of specialized environments
      > such as vegetable
      > gardens. Nature applies the word "garden" to any
      > environment that
      > meets these criteria. It does not have to be growing
      > in soil. It only
      > needs to be an environment that is defined,
      > initiated and
      > appropriately maintained by humans.
      > Where there is form, there is nature. Where
      > nature and humans
      > interact, there is a garden. Where there is a
      > garden, there is an
      > implied co-creative partnership.)
      > Steve Walpole wrote:
      > > Was I just way off the mark in applying the
      > theory to the practise?
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > ----- Original Message -----
      > > From: "Steve Walpole"
      > <stevewalpole@...>
      > > To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
      > > Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 5:34 PM
      > > Subject: Fukuoka and life
      > >
      > >
      > > > Just wondering if anyone has tried to apply
      > Fukuoka's principles
      > > to
      > > everyday
      > > > life ie the BIG Garden ?
      > > >
      > > > Lets say that some of us have many layers to our
      > life. ie we might
      > > not all
      > > > derive our living from the garden. We might be a
      > dad or a mum. We
      > > maybe a
      > > > husband or a wife. We may work in a corporation
      > or in our own
      > > small
      > > > business. We may garden, play sport, hobbies,
      > art, write etc etc
      > > >
      > > > Yet how do you apply a synergistic or a Fukuoba
      > way of life? If
      > > there is
      > > > such a reality at all ??
      > >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been
      > removed]

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