Spirit of the Land: Shumei Natural Agriculture, Philosophy and Practice

This book is a comprehensive resource for learning basic Natural Agriculture principles and practices for our farms and gardens. Beyond the theory of Natural Agriculture, the book explains the practice’s technical aspects and how to apply Natural Agriculture to farming practices. Included are chapters on practical economic aspects. The book provides basic information about food production as well as specific details of how to apply agronomic and horticultural knowledge to the practices of NA. Three primary guidelines of seed saving, restoration and protection of the soil, and continuous cropping are explained in detail and the methods to implement them are provided. Also provided is a guide to how to become aware of nature and work with nature. Included is a series of stories told by Natural Agriculture farmers offered for the reader to learn from their mistakes and successes. Not only will Natural Agriculture feed the hungry, but it will also bring balance to the environment and peace and health to those participating in growing and consuming Natural Agriculture products.

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