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Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fukuoka and crop rotation

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  • Robert Monie
    Hi Steven, Good question. Actually when One Straw Revolution was published in English in 1975, I believe, Fukuoka was in his early sixties. But that version
    Message 1 of 6 , Nov 21, 2006
      Hi Steven,

      Good question. Actually when One Straw Revolution was published in English in 1975, I believe, Fukuoka was in his early sixties. But that version in English by Larry Korn is an elaboration on the original, in which Korn adds conversational material that he picked up when he apprenticed with Fukouka. A lot of material in One Straw goes back to what Fukuoka was doing years before, whereas the two later books, published in the 80s reflect in much greater detail his subsequent practices and experiences, including his trip to America (especially California). I agree that I stretched the point by saying that the book was "written" when he was in his twenties; it would be better to have said that much of that classic work looks back to his first experiences and how he became a rice and citrus truck farmer selling to nearby markets. His subsequent books are necessary for understanding what he actually did during his long career as a farmer.

      Reading just One Straw can give a very incomplete idea of Fukuoka's actual practices. In Natural Farming, he goes into much greater detail regarding such things as rotations (he presents an intricate chart detailing how he believes rotations should be done). He even discusses such maters as using pyretheum to ward off predator insects (a controversial point to be sure) and he mentions his practice of "fertilizing" his rice field with several hundred pounds of chicken manure.

      Bob Monie
      Zone 8

      Steven McCollough <steb@...> wrote:

      I am surprised to hear the "One Straw Revolution," was written when
      Fukuoka was in his twenties. My early addition shows images of Fukuoka
      as an older man such as would be expected in 1978. In the text of the
      book he describes having gone through a microbiology career and
      discusses having spent 25 years developing the ideas presented with
      elaborate descriptions of the pitfalls along the way. How could this
      have been written by a young man in his twenties?

      George wrote:

      > I have heard the statement a number of times that a garden bed full of
      > humus plants do not often suffer the high levels of disease. I guess
      > that is what I have read in to Fukuokas comments thus far. Certainly
      > he rotates his cash crops. He simply wasn't that specific in his
      > description of vegetables.
      > Robert said the book was written when the author was in his 20s. That
      > would place date of writing sometime in the 1950s no? It was published
      > in 1978 so a big gap there. Even if 1978 some of the arguments and
      > warnings mirror those bandied about today. Maybe I should not be
      > surprised but the currency of his concerns was interesting, if nothing
      > more.
      > rob
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Ingrid Bauer / Jean-Claude Catry
      > To: fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      > <mailto:fukuoka_farming%40yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Tuesday, November 21, 2006 7:13 PM
      > Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fukuoka and crop rotation
      > To complete what robert wrote . in natural farming rotations are not
      > so vital than in a monoculture type of farming . the diversity of
      > plants growing together fill the same role of not exhausting nutrients
      > , agravating reproduction of "diseases and pests".....
      > his rice and barley field grown for so many years show that .
      > jean-claude
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: George
      > To: fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      > <mailto:fukuoka_farming%40yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2006 7:37 PM
      > Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Fukuoka and crop rotation
      > I have been reading "The One Straw Revolution" (thanks to whomever posted
      > the link) and noted fukuokas discussion around growing vegetables (in a
      > kitchen garden). As far as I can see he doesn't worry too much about crop
      > rotation. It is mentioned in passing however he also mentions letting
      > things
      > self seed, including potatos.
      > Perhaps his crop rotation involves warm season vegetables followed by cool
      > season vegetables though I am not too sure.
      > I have been told that crop rotation is a good thing and never to leave
      > certain plants (such as potatos) to volunteer as it encourages disease.
      > Havign said that the old boy who lives across the road has been growing
      > veges in the same soil for 68 years and he doesn't practise rotation. He
      > grows potatoes, tomatos, root vegetables such as carrots, greens and
      > brassicas in the same spots year after year or follows lettuces with
      > brassicas. He does leave some beds fallow through winter I believe
      > however.
      > Out of interest, is anyone able to outline for me further Fukuokas
      > philosophies on the subject of crop rotation? Thanks.
      > rob
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