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Re: [fukuoka_farming] KKbooks out of India

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  • Jerry Hamilton
    Lisa, please correct the reference to the Rice supplier. The correct address is www.bontifulgardens.org and for $2.00 they have a rare grain catalog that will
    Message 1 of 7 , Apr 1 7:37 AM
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      Lisa, please correct the reference to the Rice supplier. The correct address
      is www.bontifulgardens.org and for $2.00 they have a rare grain catalog that
      will be redone and available some time in the future. Again, contact me if I
      can ever help out. Jerry in Atwater, Ohio USA
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Lisa Winter" <jlwinter@...>
      To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 11:43 AM
      Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] KKbooks out of India


      >
      > jerry,
      > i can't tell you how much i appreciate your response.
      > i'm going to try exactly as you say. i won't be able
      > to until next year, my husband and i will be moving to
      > 30 acres, where we are building a cob house. here i'm
      > hoping to raise enough food for our family using
      > fukouka's farming method. i want so much to be able
      > to plant rice and other grains, just enough for our
      > family. and i thought i would have to give up on the
      > idea of rice. now, i know i won't. thanks so much
      > for taking the time out to give me this information.
      > it was most helpful.
      > sincerely,
      > lisa
      >
      >
      >
      > --- Jerry Hamilton <DH69JH@...> wrote:
      >
      > >
      > >
      > > Hi Lisa, the planting zone I am in is officially 5
      > > but the lake effect from
      > > Lake Erie sometimes prolongs the fall season so that
      > > we do not get a killer
      > > frost until the first week in November. There have
      > > been exceptions both
      > > earlier and a little later.
      > > The method I use for rice is to fill a children's
      > > wading pool with clean top
      > > soil and water to make a muddy base. Then as the
      > > water dries a little I put
      > > down the rice seed and wait for it to sprout. I keep
      > > the rice wet and let it
      > > grow to several inches. Next I flood my planting
      > > field with water from a
      > > stream and as the muddy water settles I carefully
      > > transplant the rice to my
      > > field. I only plant enough for my family to eat. We
      > > usually plant 20 lbs to
      > > produce enough for several people over the Winter
      > > until next harvest.
      > > To overcome the tempature changes in September I
      > > sometimes cover the small
      > > area I plant with a plastic cover.( If I suspect a
      > > frost will do me in.) My
      > > planting area is uaually 6 ft. wide and 250 ft.
      > > long. My drill is 6 ft. wide
      > > and I go till we have no more seed to plant. So
      > > depending on the drill
      > > settings the length may vary.
      > > I don't believe your area would present a problem in
      > > growing rice. I have
      > > upland rice that is for planting on the ground and I
      > > have low land for a wet
      > > area. 2 lbs would establish you and also provide
      > > enough seeds to let you
      > > continue to plant rice next year.
      > > You really don't need a large area to plant enough
      > > rice for 4 people. If you
      > > take an area of your garden and keep it diked and
      > > wet you can control the
      > > flooding and be sucessful. I am lucky to have a
      > > stream to divert but the
      > > upland rice we use grows too. It just is not as
      > > sucessful as the flooded
      > > lowland type.
      > > If you want a selection of rice seeds which would be
      > > enough to get yo
      > > started contact bountful@... they have a
      > > catalog on line and you can
      > > choose a short season rice. Order several packs and
      > > that would be enough.
      > > Also they have a rare grain catalog you can order
      > > extra. Or you could order
      > > whole rice unshelled from any health food store. If
      > > none of this works send
      > > me a note and maybe we can do more. Take care, as I
      > > progress I will give
      > > you a note from time to time. Jerry in Atwater,
      > > Ohio USA Original
      > > Message -----
      > > From: "Lisa Winter" <jlwinter@...>
      > > To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
      > > Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 1:34 AM
      > > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] KKbooks out of India
      > >
      > >
      > > >
      > > > jerry, what planting zone will you be trying out
      > > the
      > > > rice? is there other rice being grown in that
      > > area -
      > > > or have you grown rice before by other methods.
      > > my
      > > > husband and i would really like to plant rice, but
      > > we
      > > > live in the northern part of missouri and are
      > > under
      > > > the impression that it will not grow well here.
      > > but
      > > > we don't know if that is just because it hasn't
      > > been
      > > > tried. they do grow some rice in the very
      > > southern
      > > > boothill of missouri where i understand it is much
      > > > warmer. how will you try to flood your field
      > > > initially? i would love to hear more about your
      > > > experiences with this project. are you thinking
      > > about
      > > > growing any grains also?
      > > > thanks for whatever information.....
      > > > lisa
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > --- Jerry Hamilton <DH69JH@...> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > Michael, thank you for responding to my question
      > > > > about kk books. I had begun
      > > > > to wonder if there was anyone out there that
      > > could
      > > > > hear me. At any rate I
      > > > > will eventually have all 3 of Fukuoka's books. I
      > > > > have read 2 and feel
      > > > > comfortable trying his methods on my farm.
      > > > > I have ordered several grains and some short and
      > > > > long rice. By June I should
      > > > > have about 6 test plots of different
      > > combinations to
      > > > > try out his rotation
      > > > > system. I feel confident that by this fall I
      > > should
      > > > > be eating grain grown by
      > > > > Mr. Fukuoka's method.
      > > > > Finding organic, open polinated, grains can be
      > > an
      > > > > experience. I was caught
      > > > > off guard thinking that one could just order
      > > 20lbs
      > > > > of any grain. Well not
      > > > > so, I had to look around and chase different
      > > sources
      > > > > all over the USA. When
      > > > > I harvest this fall I shall keep a supply of
      > > each
      > > > > grain to share with any
      > > > > would be adventurers in farming that want to
      > > start a
      > > > > small plot in their
      > > > > back yard or garden.
      > > > > Thanks again for the note. If I can ever be of
      > > any
      > > > > help just send me a note.
      > > > > Jerry, in Atwater, Ohio USA.
      > > > > ----- Original Message -----
      > > > > From: "michael" <mdearing@...>
      > > > > To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
      > > > > Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 11:13 AM
      > > > > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] KKbooks out of
      > > India
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I have purchased books from India for 35
      > > years. In
      > > > > the past I ordered
      > > > > > directly from the publisher in India. They are
      > > > > very unlikely to want an
      > > > > > unhappy customer as their books are out of the
      > > > > mainstream. Now I use a
      > > > > > publisher's representative in the US but only
      > > for
      > > > > Molil and George,
      > > > > > Allen & Unwin. In all cases I have been happy.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I have had just your experience with Ethiopia.
      > > It
      > > > > took 5 sets of 6
      > > > > > emails, spaced by minutes and all saying the
      > > same
      > > > > thing. The books then
      > > > > > arrived in a box too large and unwrapped, in
      > > other
      > > > > words, trashed but
      > > > > > readable. I think one has to remember the
      > > vastly
      > > > > different cultural
      > > > > > practices in those countries. Imagine someone
      > > > > wrapping a book that
      > > > > > costs more than their monthly salary, and you
      > > are
      > > > > ordering 3.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > That being said, I once ordered a book from
      > > Italy
      > > > > and never saw it or
      > > > > > the money again. Egypt the same thing. First
      > > the
      > > > > money was taken out on
      > > > > > the way to the publisher and second, the book
      > > was
      > > > > taken out on the way
      > > > > > to me, presumably both by Egyptian postal or
      > > > > customs authorities.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I regularly send cash to Germany and to Japan
      > > for
      > > > > books and always get
      > > > > > the book in good condition in a timely manner.
      > > > > Different places,
      > > > > > different customs.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > As a last note, use Western Union when sending
      > > > > money to a questionable
      > > > > > place. They can only pick it up if they can
      > > prove
      > > > > who they are. It
      > >
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