I can’t let it pass without noting the death of Masanobu Fukuoka at age 95. Fukuoka might best be described as the most pre-eminent Buddhist farmer. He advocated an approach to agriculture which some describe as permaculture, others might call natural farming. His most widely circulated book is The One-Straw Revolution. It’s on my winter reading list as I’m a bit sad to announce I haven’t yet read it myself.
Here’s a short summary (well, not so short) of Fukuoka’s perspective on farming.