Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Scattering seeds in weed cover, irrigating and mulching doesn't always work
as I perceive Fukuoka through his books, I get this picture. (Others
should know more than me about this, so please fill in and correct if
motivated.) He had an episode of enlightenment (in a
spiritual/religious sense), a satori I think is the right word. I
assume he brought important insights with him from this, even though
he in one of his books laments that he has lost his contact with god.
Dieter asked if a farmer needs to be buddhist to practice Fukuoka's
methods. I guess not. But a more pertinent question may be if the
farmer needs to be enlightened. Again I guess not, but I think it
surely could help, especially if he/she wished to adapt Fukuoka's
growing principles to other conditions.
It is quite interesting when a man of such insight takes to farming.
There are not many such examples AFAIK. In our times I know of only
one or two other candidates, namely Rudolf Steiner (who devised
biodynamic farming) and maybe also Viktor Schauberger (who mainly
devoted his time to technology in harmony with nature, but also to
some extent farming).
One thing to understand about more or less enlightened persons is
that they often say quite a lot of interesting things about a wide
variety of subjects. Typically some of those things seem odd,
especially when taken out of context. And, more importantly, there is
a need to verify the wise man's statements. Rudolf Steiner pointed
this out repeatedly, and I guess Fukuoka would agree, as he is quite
scientifically oriented. In scientific language I would say that wise
men are good hypothesis generators, but those hypotheses need to be
verified. (This is the scientific side of things. Kyosan's recent
post has quite another perspective, which I think is also good to have.)
At 20:56 2008-03-11, Shawn Turner wrote:
>I agree. What I think is missed most about Fukukoka, is the method
>that he used to figure out what worked and what did not for his
>location. I think the methodology is the most important lesson he
>was trying to pass on.