An Introduction to Natural Farming
Preface by Wendell Berry
Introduction by Frances Moore Lappé
I think that in many ways The One-Straw Revolution is one of the most meaningful and inspiring books ever written about agriculture and also about human life. It has certainly been one of the most meaningful and inspiring books in both our lives. About a decade before we met, both Bob and I were reading Fukuoka’s beautiful thoughts and doing what we could to bring them to bear on our own lives. Our lives, of course, continued to move on and both of us managed to lose our precious copies, also before we met. Fukuoka’s thoughts and experiences continued to live within us, but so did thousands of other things. We discovered the importance of this book in each other’s lives only a couple of years ago, after it had been out of print for about a dozen years. We tracked down an affordable used copy and revisited our old friend and his wisdom once again. It was like being reinvigorated, refreshed and renewed ~ we brought to life again ways of gardening, of living that had remained dormant for many, many years. Both we and our garden have thrived in new ways as a result.
What you will find between the covers of this book is in no way a conventional “how-to” about natural farming or gardening or eating. Instead, you’ll be given that rare opportunity to see the world through the eyes of someone who was so convinced by a single idea, namely, that nature always knows more than human beings, that he devoted his life to learning to comprehend nature’s way of doing things and how he could shape his farming practices to let nature tend the crops and animals in the best way possible.
You’ll be introduced to the cycle of the year from the perspective of sequential growing and harvesting; you’ll find ways of supporting relationships between plants and animals such that each nourishes the other’s life; you’ll even find how human life and human needs can be best met in terms of food through the seasons and a work load that is steady but not overbearing.
In short, you’ll find a way of looking at and understanding the world around you that has the possibility both figuratively and literally, to feed you body and soul throughout your life.
It is so very wonderful to find this book back in print!