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Books: The One-Straw Revolution

Books: The One-Straw Revolution

“I believe that a revolution can begin from this one strand of straw. Seen at a glance, this rice straw may appear light and insignificant. Hardly anyone would believe that it could start a revolution. But I have come to realize the weight and power of this straw. For me, this revolution is very real.” – Masanobu Fukuoka “The One-Straw Revolution” by Masanobu Fukuoka The One-Straw Revolution is one of the foundational texts of the permaculture movement. The author, Masanobu…

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Books: Farmers of Forty Centuries

Books: Farmers of Forty Centuries

“The great movement of cargoes of feeding stuffs and mineral fertilizers to western Europe and to the eastern United States began less than a century ago and has never been possible as a means of maintaining soil fertility in China, Korea, or Japan, nor can it be continued indefinitely in either Europe or America. These importations are for the time making tolerable the waste of plant food materials through our modern system of sewage disposal and other faulty practices; but…

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“Can American Soil be Brought Back to Life?”

“Can American Soil be Brought Back to Life?”

When North America was first settled there was rich, thick, virgin soil all the way from the Eastern seaboard through the Great Plains. This incredible fertility was a major driving factor in the country’s unprecedented economic growth. However, the soil has been taken for granted, plowed, shredded up, worn out, washed away, and covered in chemicals- left as little more than a sterile growth medium. When the famous Dust Bowl took place much of the damage had happened in just…

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Living Fences

Living Fences

I found this article on Mother Earth News (when I was looking for something to test if there are any special link functions, there don’t appear to be any.) This topic is very interesting to me, because I am not crazy about any styles of fencing, and it is the sort of thing I dread having to do. While this is labor intensive to start, it seems that it would be much more valuable, especially in this windy area than…

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