I have been thinking about the land and the project quite a lot since your visit, and talking to the family about it too. We are all inspired by what it could mean and already what it means to each of us individually and collectively.
One thing for me has been a revisit to the works of Masanobu Fukuoka and I share this video of him for you to look at. It’s over thirty five years since I read and re read One Straw Revolution and I find his reflections on what he terms Natural Farming to still have great force and meaning all these years later. I suspect that is because the essential truth of his ideas endures. The pleasure for me is in being able to project these values into our planning and thinking about the land.
There is much left unsaid in his teachings, the need for a strong nervous system to support this non interventionist approach to farming, being just one of the things left unsaid. Having faith and trusting in nature is an easy mantra to adopt perhaps and then there is living it, daily, weekly, monthly and so on.
This integration of values and practices is an exciting and worthy undertaking. It will take time.
I’m still trying out ways to be talking with you and as always there is no pressure on you to respond. I’m interested in your progress and want you to know that I am thinking of you while working towards creating something solid and whole we can all participate in.
Last week we thought about Open Space Technology and integrated health delivery in a community development framework and now we are thinking about the meaning of Natural Farming.
This is plenty I think.