Organic Farming in China, Korea, and Japan
F. H. King
Includes 248 black and white photos taken by the author.
I have carried a copy of Farmers of Forty Centuries around with me for almost 40 years and go back to it regularly, each time finding something new, useful, and insightful that I somehow hadn’t really seen in all my previous readings. It is simply a work of genius, the warm and thorough descriptions of the way the people of these three cultures have worked with and cared for the Earth throughout, literally, 40 centuries.
F. H. King lived and worked in the late 19th /early 20th centuries. He was one of the founders of the University of Wisconsin School of Agriculture, and left behind a body of work and a human approach to the task of growing and producing food that inspires and informs even today. Farmers of Forty Centuries chronicles his journey of observation to China, Korea and Japan. It went out of print shortly after I purchased my copy those many years ago, and returned to print only last year (2011). I can’t describe how happy it makes me to be able to offer it to you now – really, it is the fulfillment of a dream I’ve long held.
If you are interested in gardening and farming, or if you find a richness in learning about the daily lives and work of people who lived more simply than we do now, you will find a lifetime of wonder and information in this single book. Your gardening will improve, your farming will take on a simpler, more effective pathway, and your understanding of the world and its variety of wisdom will grow enormously.
This book is a treasure. I hope you all find your way to it.