An approach taking into account the connectedness between plants, between animals and between plants and animals. A way of nurturing all life including soil life (as of major importance). In this case no tilling, pesticides or artificial fertilizers are needed. Livestock is mostly to assist in developing and maintaining soil fertility.
This is an attempt to use the wonderful strategies of PERMACULTURE (imitating nature) for the purpose of restoring fertility to depleted farm land. Then to pursue the almost ultimate concept of NATURAL FARMING (being part of nature) and the ability to interconnect with plants and animals, livestock etc. Oneness (everything being connected).
Ways of Permaculture and Natural Farming have proven itself over and over. Abundence of vitamin rich produce and leaving the soil more and more fertile after each new season of crops.
What is Permaculture?
If you read different books or web sites you will find different people have slightly different definitions as well as different sets of design principles they like to use.
According to the US Permaculture Institute the definition is as follows:
"Permaculture is a design discipline based on a set of ethics and the foundational principles of the natural world. Permaculturists apply what they learn from nature and traditional land based cultures to the human environment, developing ways to ecologically produce food, create shelter, store water, design economic and governance systems, and meet human needs via informed ecological design. The aim is to develop human communities that improve the environment of life so that all may flourish. With decades of development and growth, Permaculture offers a leading environmental and social transformation methodology and movement.
Bill Mollison and David Holmgren (founding fathers) developed the term Permaculture Design in 1978 as a contraction between the words permanent and agriculture, later expanded to mean permanent culture.
-TO CARE FOR THE EARTH; TO REPAIR AND CONSERVE
-TO SEEK PEACE, AND TO GUARD HUMAN RIGHTS EVERYWHERE"
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Practical and Ethical Principles for "Natural Farming" (Fukuoka - Korn):
1.No Tilling (no plowing)
2.No Chemical fertilizer or prepared compost
Ethical-summary (Larry Korn):
1.View the world as a unified, interconnected whole
2.Respect all creatures and allow them an equal opportunity to thrive
3.Protect nature's ability to replenish itself
4.Value and encourage diversity
5.care for your home
6.Take only what you need and never take it all
7.Use and recycle everything, create no waste
8.Live with a spirit of tolerance, humility and gratitude.