Monthly Archives: July 2011

Reason: Truth: Control

  Shakespeare recognised the vaunting ego of mankind through the figure of Hamlet:   ‘What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving, how express and admirable! in action, … Continue reading

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The Leap into Natural Farming

‘Where the danger is, grows, The saving power also.’ Hölderlin This moment, right now, is the moment of decision, the moment for resolution. What has led us to this most fateful of moments? We superimpose our thoughts upon the Earth, … Continue reading

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Why Poets?

  Our restless rationalisations are not given to us as some fateful destiny, a tragedy that needs to be played until the bitter end. There are other possibilities, have always been other possibilities, all we have to do is become … Continue reading

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The Five Principles of Natural Farming

Natural Farming recognises that farmers and gardeners must first attend to nature so that they may then learn how to tend. This gentle practice turns farming from the science it has become in the West into a craft; where this … Continue reading

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Methodless Method

We are blind, have always been blind, to the reality that each new technique is only ever a fix for a previous technique and that this new technique will, in turn, need to be fixed by yet another technique. When … Continue reading

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Wonder!

We have lost our wonder, the simple astonishment at existence. How often do we have the time to get caught, enwrapt, by a bird’s song, the sound of a stream or the extraordinary fact that that one, small pebble, just … Continue reading

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Why Zazen?

There are so many inspiring ways for us to now enter into a more responsible, eco-centred way of living and perhaps Permaculture offers the most holistic process of accommodating ourselves to a finite planet. And yet, despite all these techniques … Continue reading

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Seedballs

Over the years there has been much excited chatter about the power of seedballs (also known as clay pellets, nendo dango, clayballs), so much so that the idea seems to have evolved into a superstition. However, seedballs are an eminently … Continue reading

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Seedballing Deserts

This is a part from the old masters last book (The One-Straw Revolution: A Recapitulation), giving detailed instructions (philosophically and practically) of how to go about turning deserts green. A. Desert Revegetation According to the Theory of Non-causality When we … Continue reading

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Why Seedballs

Seedballs are an eminently practical way of starting seeds of all varieties. 1)stops birds and insects feeding on the seeds 2)stops ants carrying the seeds away – I once broadcast alfalfa seeds on an old vineyard and came back a … Continue reading

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