Friday, June 11, 2010


In his book The One-Straw Revolution, Masanobu Fukuoka up-ends the commercial approach to farming by demonstrating, through natural farming, that many aspects of the commercial approach are extraneous. For example, rather than saturating his crops with chemicals, Mr. Fukuoka would simply mulch with straw.

Perhaps the most radical idea of natural farming is no-digging. Jamie has a garden out in the yard and she follows many of Mr. Fukuoka’s recommendations. When she is planting in a new spot, however, she calls me out to dig.

I am sympathetic to this radical idea, since an advaita teacher is focused on sewing seeds of goodness and pointing to what is. No digging is necessary.

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