Not to steal Mr Sun's thunder, but:
'"The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings," - Masanobu Fukuoka
Nazorean Essenes have multiple purposes in pursuing natural farming - producing safe wholesome food, extracting the Light Elements out of the ecosystem, and as a spiritual exercise. The preferred model is Fukuoka's no-till farming since this method disturbs the Cross of Light the least. Fukuoka writes:
"Natural farming is a Buddhist way of farming that originates in the philosophy of 'Mu,' or nothingness, and returns to a 'do-nothing' nature. it is a Buddhist way of farming that is boundless and yielding, and leaves the soil, the grasses, and the insects to themselves."Masanobu Fukuoka'http://essenes.net/subindexgarden.htm
"Masanobu: I am a small man, as you can see, but I came to the States with a very big intention. This small man becomes smaller and smaller, and won't last very long, so I'd like to share my idea from 50 years ago. My dream is just like a balloon. It could get smaller and smaller, or it could get bigger and bigger. If it could be said in a brief way, it could be said as the word "nothingness." In a larger way it could wrap the entire earth.
I live on a small mountain doing farming. I don't have any knowledge, I don't do anything. My way of farming is no cultivation, no fertilizer, no chemicals. Ten years ago my book, One Straw Revolution, was published by Rodale Press in the United States. From that point I couldn't just sleep in the mountains. Seven years ago I took an airplane for the first time in my life and went to California, Boston, New York City. I was surprised because I thought the United States was full of green everywhere, but it looked like death land to me."http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC14/Fukuoka.htm
"No-till farming and gardening are certainly not new concepts. From Patricia Lanza's Lasagne Gardening (Rodale Press) and Emilia Hazelip's concept of the "Synergistic Vegetable Garden" there are many styles of no-till gardening. And in terms of farming, Masanobu Fukuoka and his famous books: The One-Straw Revolution and The Natural Way of Farming lay down some unique techniques for larger scale no-till farming. These agricultural revolutionaries offer great insight into no-till farming, but why do they do it?
No till farming is seen as a gentler way of managing soil quality. Emilia Hazelip's methods are similar to what we would see in a forest, where nature continuously grows and dies and returns everything back to the soil. Both Hazelip and Lanza tout mulching as being one of the keys to effective no-till soil management. Mulching controls weed growth, retains water in the soil, adds nutrients as the mulch decomposes, and creates soil layers that are mixed by the movement of soil dwelling organisms."http://www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/rc...l-article2.htm
I'm a huge, huge fan of Masanobu Fukuoka!
See also Permaculturehttp://www.permacultureactivist.net/intro/PcIntro.htm