Re: [fukuoka_farming] Digest Number 1114
- Hi shane
As Niels says, I think Mark worked his material out independently and then
found it was compatible with some aspects of Fukuoka's work.
There's a 'broad church' of people inspired by Fukuoka's work, a lot of
which seems not to be too worried if one of the 4 grand precepts are
transgressed; straight lines for some, random for others, some clearing for
some, seeds into the rough grass for others.
I think that Marc's work is inspirational, amongst other reasons because he
was not too worried about what someone else had discovered - he relied on
himself, worked 'outside the box' and developed something which he has
shared freely. In that way he has honoured Fukuoka-San, not by imitation or
adaptation, but by working in the same spirit.
>> Message: 8...
>> From: Shane Morkin <s_morkin@...>
>> Subject: Topographic maps & Harmonius Wheatsmith
>>Any appropriate grain amongst a clover cover crop in amongst trees. The
>> Secondly, I just finished reading ³Harmonius Wheatsmith,² by Marc Bonfils.
>> The small book is supposed to be an explanation about how Mr. Bonfils
>> adapted Fukuoka-san¹s farming method to France. However, his method does
>> not use seed balls, instead he plants the wheat in rows by just placing the
>> seeds on the surface of the earth. Also, if I understood correctly, he only
>> plants clover and wheatthere is no planting of rice or any other rotational
Bonfils method suggests - please try other things - an 14+ month cycle for
the grain crops so there isn't really room for a catch crop in the rotation.
>>I have no contact details from Marc. The last I know he was working away on
>> Does anyone have contact with Mr. Bonfils?
Bees. If you find him I would love to hear how things are going.
>> As I am relatively close to him II think Fukuoka tried many things and seed balls was just one of them. The
>> would very much appreciate a meeting to find out if rice or another
>> rotational crop can be planted as Fukuoka-san does. I¹m also interested in
>> learning more about why Mr. Bonfils decided the wheat was more productive
>> planted in rows so the plants would not compete against each other; whereas
>> Fukuoka-san broadcasts his seed balls and the wheat grows as it would in the
geometrical spacing of Bonfils' plants has some sense in that it makes good
use of the space whilst letting the plants have enough space. It is the bee
nature and not the wild seed nature which is learned from here. Perhaps even
a wild bee!
>> Best Regards,