Masanobu Fukuoka's 'The One-Straw Revolution'

An excerpt from "The One-Straw Revolution" by Masanobu Fukuoka, master and inventor of the natural farming technique.

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    Masanobu Fukuoka is a Japanese farmer who has based his farming around letting nature be in control.
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    Fukuoka's fields of barley, rye and rice have flourished over the years thanks to his natural faming approach.
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    Part of Fukuoka's farming technique involves broadcasting rye seed while the rice is still standing.
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    Fukuoka's farming technique has evolved according the the natural conditions of the Japanese islands.

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Masanobu Fukuoka may be one of the most farsighted and downright radical farmers in the world today! Why? Because over the past 30 years, he has gradually abandoned most conventional agricultural practices in order to return control of his land to the most skilled grower of all ... Nature herself! In return — he claims — he has reaped both bumper crops and a peace that surpasses understanding. 

Excerpted with permission from The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka, copyright 1978 by Rodale Press. Available on Amazon

From the Introduction by Larry Korn

For several years, I had been living with a group of friends on a farm in the mountains north of Kyoto. We used the now-traditional "agribiz" methods of Japanese agriculture to grow rice, rye, barley, soybeans and various garden vegetables.

When I first heard stories about Mr. Fukuoka, then, I was skeptical. How could it be possible to grow high-yielding crops of rice and winter grains each year simply by scattering seed onto the surface of an unplowed field? There had to be more to it than that!

Whenever there was a lull in our work schedule, I used to travel to other parts of the country, stopping at farms and communes, working part time along the way, and on one of these excursions, I paid a visit to Mr. Fukuoka's farm to learn about his work for myself.

I am not quite sure what I expected, but after having heard so much about this great teacher, I was somewhat surprised to see that he was dressed in the boots and work clothes of the average Japanese farmer.

2/12/2011 2:57:59 PM

this method makes perfect sense to me so it was easy to read and really comprehend with a few spelling exceptions ie 'chickens will cat' I'm curious to know if his farm still being cared for thank-you for sharing this wonder filled concept :)

Bernie Schatz
7/3/2008 9:43:37 PM

It just does not seem true - I keep my garden free of other plants and at times spread the grass clippings of the neighors from time to time. It seems to work. Bernie

1/3/2008 3:56:47 AM

it is very amazing to me. it is the way to volatalize with nature

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