The One-straw Revolution

The One-straw Revolution

An Introduction to Natural Farming

Book - 2009
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Call it "Zen and the Art of Farming" or a "Little Green Book," Masanobu Fukuoka's manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book "is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical. It is an inspiring, necessary book about agriculture because it is not just about agriculture."

Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected both modern agribusiness and centuries of agricultural practice, deciding instead that the best forms of cultivation mirror nature's own laws. Over the next three decades he perfected his so-called "do-nothing" technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort.

Whether you're a guerrilla gardener or a kitchen gardener, dedicated to slow food or simply looking to live a healthier life, you will find something here--you may even be moved to start a revolution of your own.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c2009
ISBN: 9781590173138 (alk. paper)
1590173139 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 631.584 FUK
Characteristics: xxx, 184 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Introduction to natural farming


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Jul 01, 2019

Moreso a book about how to live a life than to grow food.

Jan 02, 2016

Masanobu Fukuoka proposes a method of farming timed to natural sequences of plants. Cover crops and food crops are sown in sequence such that weeds are kept down. The plant weaste is returned to the field after harvest, returning most of the nutrients to the soil. This is a no-till method that builds the soil up year after year with no amendments. The specific practices advocated in this book are adapted to the region of Japan Fukuoka lived in, although they could be easily adapted to other climates and plant cycles. This method of farming is as productive as commercial agribusiness, with healthier soil and stronger, more nutritious plants.

Mar 28, 2015

The One Straw Revolution is a symphony combining theory and practice and biography and narrative. If you are a gardener, or wish to live sustainably, or want to prove that we can make a difference, you need to read this book.

May 30, 2014

This book is amazing. It will change the way you think about life.

May 30, 2013

Beautiful and inspiring book. Whether you garden, farm, or sit in a recliner watching t.v., this book is likely to change for the better your relationship to food and to the planet.


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