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Milo Jones
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So goes life in Florida trouble in paradise.
 
William James
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While I empathize with Sean and his desire to go forward with fukuoka's methods of land management, I would suggest that he's not taking into account the social system that overlays his natural garden system. If you "do nothing" to develop good relationships with your neighbors, your farming will fail, no matter how harmonious he believes it to be.

I wonder if there were missed opportunities to involve the surrounding communities, to educate them (I would suspect that many people in his neighborhood are only now understanding that there is something more to it -- via a news report). Although this is a losing battle, you at least can justify your presence.

A lot of times it starts with one bad neighbor and then escalates as this bad apple pulls others into their madness. It would be interesting to know if this was a complaint or just some town official came, saw, and started legislating. I imagine the town officials just want his system shut down so they don't have to deal with it anymore.

One adaptation (although for some people doing fukuoka methods it wouldn't go over well) would have been to "do something" in the way of earthworks or landscaping to make it look like someone is "taking care" of the land, even if in the end you have all your freely growing vegetables. What I'm suggesting is to strike a balance between what you want, what nature wants, and what your asshole neighbors want, because as much as you don't like it, they play a part in your system. Ignoring that aspect can have disastrous effects.

Or just move. Or do it in the back yard only and put up some hedges.
Or fight the thing to the supreme court, which is the difficult path he's chosen.

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Yeah I agree William. He has chosen the hard road. From the video it looks like this guy could have possibly avoided the whole hassle with a few fences. But hopefully this will result in better laws surrounding the issue.
 
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Zach Muller wrote:But hopefully this will result in better laws surrounding the issue.


Amen. I hope Sean the best in that endeavor, it's needed.
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Bryan Jasons
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If anything, he's giving more natural methods a bad name by choosing to annoy people. But it's all very amusing to me anyway =)
 
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I actually talked with Sean this afternoon in preparation for a full interview.

He believes that the road to sustainability needs to start with individual landowners who simply do the right thing and are willing to deal with the consequences. He's had people over to his yard, invited visits, plus he's followed the "Florida Friendly Landscaping" guidelines in the state law, which specifically recommend leaving un-mowed patches for attracting native wildlife. He's also just planted a new round of fruit trees and is developing natural guilds through direct seeding.

Sharp guy - hope he can pull this off without ending up in jail.
 
David Good
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Update: here's my interview:

Interview with Sean Law

He's one of us - and a lot cooler than I had hoped.
 
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