Shumei’s method of growing food, called Natural Agriculture, concurs with its concern for the Earth. The practice of Natural Agriculture is guided entirely by a profound reverence for the intrinsic wisdom of Nature.
Meishusama envisioned Natural Agriculture not only as a means of cultivating pure wholesome food, but also as an art and spiritual practice. It relies on understanding the relationships and bonds amongst all the elements involved: the earth, sun, rain, wind, farmer, consumer, and society at large.
On Saturday, April 27, Verity Sharp and Beatrice Fenton from BBC Radio 4 visited our Yatesbury Natural Agriculture farm. Verity interviewed Shinya, Colleen and the three Learning Course participants. The program was aired on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday May 5 at 06h30 in the slot “On Your Farm”. We would like to share the link to this program with you:
Today, using the Shumei Natural Agricultural Method, she no longer needs copper or fertilizer of any kind. Her olive oil ‘Podere Midolla’ has officially been certified as organically farmed olive oil.