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Miles Flansburg
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Source:Amazon

Publisher: Japan Publications

Summary

Fukuoka sums it up in his preface .

" These writings are the record of one farmer who for fifty years has wandered about in search of nature."

This is Fukuoka's textbook of his journey and philosophy.

Where to get it?

Amazon US

Amazon UK


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I give this book 10 out of 10 acorns.

I loved this book ! It is Fukuoka's textbook on his methods. Very in depth discussions of his techniques with lots of philosophy thrown in.
 
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I love this book too! Thanks for posting the additional information, links, and videos!

He has another book that interests me, although i have not read it yet: Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security. Has anyone taken a look? Any Desert Permies that use this as a guide?
 
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Thanks Danielle !

The other review is here if you would like to take a look.
http://www.permies.com/t/30953/books/Book-Review-Sowing-Seeds-Desert

Also if you could add how many "acorns" you would give the books that would be cool.
 
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Danielle Diver wrote:I love this book too! Thanks for posting the additional information, links, and videos!

He has another book that interests me, although i have not read it yet: Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security. Has anyone taken a look? Any Desert Permies that use this as a guide?


hey there, ME! i just noticed that there is a thread already devoted to this book, just thought id let you know!
Ok! Thanks, ME! why am in not surprised?!
 
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Miles Flansburg wrote:Thanks Danielle !

The other review is here if you would like to take a look.
http://www.permies.com/t/30953/books/Book-Review-Sowing-Seeds-Desert

Also if you could add how many "acorns" you would give the books that would be cool.


I would give it a bountyful ten whole acorns. In all my back and forth hops across the great big pond between the US and Europe, this one goes with me everywhere I go.
 
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9 out 10 acorns!
(only because I'll probably never give a 10)

This book changed the course of my life to some degree. About 8 years ago I was reading something and it mentioned seedballs. "what the heck is a seedball?" I wondered. So I googled it and found a video, "whoa, look at that crazy looking old dude with the long grey beard!" I thought. From there began the path that forever changed the way I thought of the concepts of 'nature' and 'farming' or at least made me more aware of it.

"Do nothing" farming is something we can all take many lessons from in this book Fukuoka seamlessly shifts from practical and tactile to the philosophical. He examines the limits of the scientific, reductionist approach and provides concrete examples of methods he has used.
 
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I give this book 7 out of 10 acorns.

I have a very mixed feelings about tis book.
While I love Fukuoka's green philosophy, and I even love to read about his way of farming, my attempts to apply his methods in practice has, I'm sorry to say, failed.
I'm pretty sure it was my lack of knowledge and being not enough experienced when I was trying to follow his steps.
I have tried to use seedballs to "bioremediate" sandy land, to introduce ground cover and n-fixing species, but no luck.
I have tried clover ground cover but it has been too dense for other plants to do well.
I would love to be successful in "do nothing" approach, but unfortunately it is not working for me.
Nevertheless, the book is well worth reading and I'm sure it will be useful for a number of permies, perhaps those who operate in climates more similar to Fukuoka's.
 
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