This book thoughtfully outlines the fundamental principles of Shumei Natural Agriculture. After many years of visiting Natural Agriculture farms in Japan, Merriam presents a clear understanding of Natural Agriculture from the western urban consumer’s perspective. The book describes a different way of looking at the natural processes in agriculture from the act of sowing seeds to how the soil nurtures the plant until maturity.
Shumei Natural Agriculture is much more than an approach to growing food without the addition of foreign elements such as manure, fertilizers or pesticides. It is a way of life. The Message in a Seed describes the interconnectedness between nature, producers and consumers, and the balance between materialism and spirituality that raises our consciousness in creating a more peaceful world.