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The Close to Nature Garden

Masanobu Fukuoka's ("The One Straw Revolution") unique approach to agricultural problems.

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24 minutes
Produced by Rodale Press



"The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings," Masanobu Fukuoka writes in his book "The One Straw Revolution." He has spent 30 years perfecting his agricultural techniques on his fertile farm in southern Japan. Fukuoka says that his approach to agricultural problems always starts with the question, "How about not doing such and such?" in contrast to most agricultural thinking which presupposes that we can improve on nature.

Mr. Fukuoka has decided not to plow, not to grow rice in flooded fields, and not to use machinery to sow or harvest. What he does do on his farm is documented in this unique record of a full year of overlapping crops.



Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1982     Copyright Date: 1982
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-462-1     VHS ISBN: 1-56026-381-0




Reviews
"A handsome film...free of heavy-handed ideology...can stir us all to take a closer look at the future of American agriculture."
Editor's Choice, Science Books and Films

"Excellent presentation of natural farming methods...all nicely blended with the thoughtful philosophy of this farmer."
EFLA's Evaluations


PURCHASE
DVD $59
VHS $59
RENT
DVD $35
VHS $35

The Close to Nature Garden


"Can stir us all to take a closer look at the future of American agriculture." Editor's Choice, Science Books & Films

Awards and Festivals
Honorable Mention, American Film Festival

Subjects
Agriculture
Asian Studies
Ecology
Environmental Ethics
Gardening
Humanities
Japan
Sociology
Sustainable Agriculture


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My Father's Garden
Explores sustainable agriculture and the contrast between chemical and organic farming.

Global Gardener
Permaculture helps people turn wastelands into food forests.

Garden Song
Portrait of Alan Chadwick, inventor of the Biodynamic French Intensive Method of gardening.


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