The Theory and Practice of Masanobu Fukuoka’s Natural Farming with Pioneer Larry Korn (USA) INDIA 2018
The Theory and Practice of Masanobu Fukuoka’s Natural Farming A 7-day Workshop with Larry Korn & Raghava at Aikanthika Davangere, Central part of Karnataka state, INDIA 1st -7th February 2018
In this 7-day workshop with permaculture and natural farming teacher Larry Korn we will explore the philosophy and practical techniques of Masanobu Fukuoka, pioneer and world leader of the natural farming movement. Larry lived at Mr. Fukuoka’s farm for two years in the 1970s and translated his best-selling book, The One-Straw Revolution. He also traveled with Mr. Fukuoka on two 6-week visits to the United States. This is a rare opportunity to get an inside look at what natural farming actually is, and who Mr. Fukuoka was as a person.
Some of the subjects that will be covered:
The philosophy, ethics, and principles of Natural Farming
Mr. Fukuoka’s life story and why it is instructive
Natural farming methodology: how Mr. Fukuoka knew what to do, and what not to do
The design and layout of Mr. Fukuoka’s farm
Daily and seasonal chores
Growing vegetables like wild plants
Orchard trees, mushroom cultivation, fertilising, insect control, animals, and more
Growing rice and barley in the same field each year without plowing or flooding the rice fields
Making and using seed balls
Differences and similarities between natural farming and Indigenous ways, traditional Japanese agriculture, organic farming, and permaculture
Natural farming throughout the world
Future evolution of natural farming
How to incorporate the spirit of natural farming into your own life
Practical Natural Farming examples at Aikanthika and practical work on the farm
The workshop will be filled with stories and anecdotes from Larry’s time hitch hiking in Japan from one back-to-the land commune to another, living in Mr. Fukuoka’s orchard with the other student workers, and what it was like to travel with him in the United States. He will also discuss how his own understanding of natural farming evolved over the past 35 years.
There will also be a number of hands-on projects around the farm such as making seed balls, establishing a natural garden and more.
Larry Korn is an American who lived and worked on the farm of Masanobu Fukuoka for more than two years in the early 1970s. He is translator and editor of the English language edition of Mr. Fukuoka’s The One-Straw Revolution (1978) and editor of his later book, Sowing Seeds in the Desert (2012). Larry accompanied Mr. Fukuoka on his visits to the United States in 1979 and 1986 acting as his guide and translator. He is author of the recently published One-Straw Revolutionary (2015), the first book to look deeply at natural farming and intimately discuss the philosophy and work of Mr. Fukuoka.
Larry studied Asian history, soil science, and plant nutrition at the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked in wholesale and retail plant nurseries, as a soil scientist for the California Department of Forestry, and as a residential landscape contractor in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 20 years. He has taught many courses and workshops about natural farming, permaculture, and local food production throughout the United States. He currently lives in Ashland, a small town in southern Oregon.
Larry also studied permaculture, taking two Permaculture Design Courses in the 1980s from Bill Mollison, one of the founders of permaculture. He was one of three editors for the Tilth publication, The Future Is Abundant: A Guide to Sustainable Agriculture (1982). This book is a practical guide for applying permaculture and natural farming techniques to the Pacific Northwest.
Raghava has been doing Natural Farming since 21 years at 'Aikanthika', a natural farm located in the central part of Karnataka state, India. He is a leading Natural Farming and Living consultant and has been inspiring people through farm visits, workshops, internships, volunteering, as a speaker addressing in various local and international events. He is a founding member and has experience working as the National Treasurer of the Organic Farming Association of India (www.ofai.org), the national body for organic farming in the country. As an extension of Natural Farming, Raghava and his family is Living Happily by homeschooling their children with the method of Swashikshan, following alternative health systems, traditional and ancient food systems and creating eco-friendly habitat spaces in 'Aikanthika'
The host site Aikanthika :
Aikanthika is a Conscious Experiential Learning Space for Natural Farming & Living. It is a food forest having coconuts, fruits, vegetables, tubers, spices, medicinal, aromatic, ornamental, trees and other plants.Aikanthika is a low-maintenance, sustainable and productive ecosystem that provides food not only for people but also for the insects, birds and animals in the environment. It is a jungle out there. Amidst serene landscapes and lush greenery, our natural farm is a home not just to hundreds of different crops and plants, but also animals and birds in their natural habitat. We respect Nature in all its forms. Our crops are grown naturally, we just harvest the produce. The farm is a place for experiential learning and hosts volunteers or learners from all over the world. Celebrate life with Nature as you experience the natural living at Aikanthika!
ACCOMMODATION and FOOD:
The course fee includes a bed in a dormitory room or camping. We will serve three delicious, vegetarian meals per day, organic, grown in the veggie garden or locally sourced, and prepared by the team at Aikanthika with lots of love! And of course we shall enjoy plenty of tea breaks with fruit and light snacks.
Course Price: early bird (until 31th of November 2017) 200 Dollar 250 Dollar shared dorm or camping special discounts for local India farmers !!