Our Environment and Natural Agriculture The greatest expression of Shumei's deep concern for the health of our Earth is its commitment to the practice of the Natural Agriculture method of growing food, a method that emphasizes the integrity of nature and the purity of soil, water, and air. Underlying Natural Agriculture is a profound reverence for Nature and its practice is guided entirely by the intrinsic wisdom of Nature. Shumei's founder, Mokichi Okada, who developed Natural Agriculture, envisioned it as not only a means of cultivating pure and wholesome food but as an art and spiritual practice. As an agricultural method it relies on understanding the subtle physical relationships and spiritual bonds that exist among all the elements involved in the cultivation of food: the earth, sun, rain, wind, the farmer, the people who eat the food, and the society in which they live. And its purpose is to foster the health and wellbeing of all these elements.
There are hundreds of millions of living organisms in each handful of soil. They all form an integrated web of life within the soil which helps it to remain balanced and healthy. It seems to be an ideal world unto itself. A feeling of gratitude, as well as the use of no additives increases the purity of the soil and its fundamental power. This method begins with the gathering of seeds from crops planted in soil cleansed of all impurities.
The seeds then grow crops which are cultivated without the use of artificial fertilizers or manure.
It’s a beautiful life style in which seeds, soil, and humans interact.