First of three thoughts
- Hello all,
Wanted to share three thoughts with you.
The first came from reading an article about backyard gardens in "Better
Homes and Gardens". The article was about creating an English Cottage Garden
in your backyard, told in the first person, where the author ended the
article by saying, "... the satisfaction that comes from looking out on your
garden and knowing it is something that you created, not nature."
I suspect that many of you on this list had a similar reaction to that
statement that I did... sadness over the obvious complete disconnect it
demonstrates. Better Homes & Gardens is a widely distributed magazine (more
than a million subscribers I believe), and recognized as an authority in the
field of home decoration and gardening. That its editors would allow such a
statement to be made indicates the disconnect includes them as well.
Fukuoka may, or may not, have developed a practical, working method of
farming. As Robert Monie just pointed out there are very, very few examples
of working farms using Fukuoka's methods, and that is not because a
description of how to use the method has been unavailable, or because the
method is so new, or because the method only works in a very specific
ecosystem growing only a very specific crop rotation. But even though
working examples of using Fukuoka's method (or Emilia Hazelip's for that
matter) are so few and far between, I believe it is very important to try to
understand what they are saying, to try to implement what they are
suggesting, and to learn from first-hand experience what they are promoting.
Important because we live in a human-centric world that continuously, as
that article demonstrates, emphasizes the falseness of human domination over
natural processes, of the ridiculous idea that humans actually create living
plants, that humans are apart from and above nature and natural processes.
I, and many others, may never be successful in fully implementing a Fukuoka
or Hazelip method of gardening, but simply by reading what they have
written, listening to what they have said, and experiencing what they are
talking about we are forced to look more openly at the natural world around
us and our relationship to/with/in it. And if all that ever grows from this
is an improvement in our understanding of where we fit into the universe
then I'd say their methods were extremely userul/productive/successful.