|Tree in frost Photo Bogdan Fiedur|
For the first time I heard of this Japaneses farmer when I watched Animal Planet. 90 year old Masanobu Fukuoka was walking with two canes through his farm and showing to the camera crew his vegetable garden. The picture didn't look like a farm or a garden. Everything looked more like an accident . Under scattered trees there were growing weeds, vegetables and herbs. Chicken would run freely and there was no fences so wild animals could come and go at will. This was natural farming and permaculture at work.
Masanobu Fukuoka is a farmer/philosopher who lives on the Island of Shikoku, in southern Japan. His farming technique requires no machines, no chemicals and very little weeding. He does not plow the soil or use prepared compost and yet the condition of the soil in his orchards and fields improve each year. His method creates no pollution and does not require fossil fuels. His method requires less labor than any other, yet the yields in his orchard and fields compare favorably with the most productive Japanese farms which use all the technical know-how of modern science.