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Ben Carver
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Hey, I'm reading A Vision of Natural Farming by Bharat Mansata, about the natural farming of Bhaskar Save, an elderly gentleman in India. Fukuoka toured his farmed and called it the best he's ever seen, even better than his own. The book is a bit disorganized but it presents many similar notions to Fukuoka. I loved Sowing Seeds in the Desert for the philosophy and feel like this book covers more of the nuts and bolts in a general sense, especially for the sub-humid tropics. But many principles remain the same no matter where you are, essentially that nature is perfect and needs no improvement by humankind, though some GENTLE nurturing in tune with nature's greater flow (based on much more observation than action) is fine. I've been experiencing many farms and gardens over the years and now feel ready to create by own long-term establishment based on fiddling with nature as little as possible (growing what naturally WANTS to grow in my area) and doing it without any livestock, only the natural animal interactions of the local ecosystem. I want any animals I decide to eat (mostly just insects and small fish) to have lived they way they were born to, and to be of genetic stock that hasn't been messed with by mankind for millennia, steadily weakening them.
 
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Howdy Ben, welcome to permies!

Thanks for telling us about this book. Sounds like we need to have a bit more discussion about Bhaskar Save !

http://www.earthcarebooks.com/categories/details/1087

http://thankindia.org/mother-earth-organic-farm/baskar-save/

From the above link...

"First understand what you must not do to disturb the 6 factors of life. Non-interference takes on the following principles:

1.No creature is an enemy of another.
2.In nature nothing is useless – everything has a part to play including even the weeds! You cannot expect the help of nature if you violate God given nature.
3.The yield of nature is not like manufacturing a product. In that all parts of the yield can be used. For example the bio-mass, once we’ve used the seeds and the fruit of the plant, the bio-mass can be used to regenerate the soil.
4.Man has the right to the seeds and the fruit, but this is only 10-15% of what is grown. The remaining 85-90% can be used to regenerate the fertility of the soil.
5.That which remains from the crop, the living creatures of the soil have a right to this.
6.Farming is a sacred activity, and as it is looking after our very earth, it is very different to other business. Everything you yield is profit."

Looks sort of familiar doesn't it!
 
Ben Carver
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Yes, it does indeed look familiar. Thank you for being less lazy than me and sharing some of the details. Not quite done reading it yet but while in the midst of it I felt a strong need to make sure other people knew of it, especially those who feel resonance with Fukuoka. I'll look through it later for some choices nuggets to share.
 
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