ACQUASANTA FAMILY FARM, UMBRIA, ITALY
Natural farming takes example from Nature; Fukuoka tried to understand what was the simplest way in which Nature produced food: a plant after the fruit makes a seed, the seed falls on the ground. Some seeds will be taken away by the insects, while others will be protected, for example by tree leaves that fall down, and this protection will guarantee that the seed has the possibility to sprout when the rain comes. The more seeds we offer to Nature the more we are encouraging the potentialities that Nature has. We give Nature the opportunity to choose what it needs and what is meant to grow in that moment. It’s a gradual process. It’s different from traditional agriculture, where we want an immediate result. With Natural Farming, we get to see how Nature acts, how it helps herself, creating year after year better conditions so that seeds that last longer, such as fruit tree seeds, can sprout. Fukuoka thought, what is the simplest way to protect the seeds? The most natural thing was the earth. He started to wrap the seeds on clayballs. What is inside the balls is simplicity, the pure simplicity of Nature, to take seeds, protect them and return them to Nature.