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  1. Once you look into alternative agriculture, Monsanto’s claims really make you shake your head in disbelief. One of the permaculture principles is to stack functions. Agroforestry comes to mind where animals graze under useful trees. Or your grow vegetables in your orchard like Fukuoka. And in rice fields so much more beyond rice can go in! In Japan they traditionall grew fish in the flooded rice fields and the fish would control the mosquito population and eat other bugs and tadpoles. In some areas of the world they added azolla, a floating plant that fixes nitrogen which is beneficial for the rice, and can be used for animal feed. There are so many ways to increase the yield when you think out of the box and don’t focus on only growing one crop in one place.
    And I’m glad that there are many many people who know this and spread the word, and many many people who are learning this and experimenting, discovering new techniques, … I’m glad you’ll be one of them and I’m curious about your grain growing adventures!!

  2. . . . rice growing and eating is the same in Cambodia. Every meal, every day, all done by hand. Labor intensive . . . and they know where their food comes from. I wish more Americans did!

  3. “One Straw Revolution” by Masanobu Fukuoka, a great read! I tried some of his methods in Vermont, amazing techniques!

  4. And in Ganjam village near the ashram, they never spray the rice, they do not have the money, and thats the best. The ashram grew its own rice before they lost the land to some thieves, now it acquired more land and growing local rice is becoming possible.

  5. Great post and photos. If I remember right, the Japanese have a saying about 86–the number of days it takes to grow rice. Maybe it’s in Fukuoka’s book? Two rice crops would mean at least 180 days, then a third crop.

    Off topic, there is also a WWII war memorial on Luzon, perhaps worth visiting in another mood.


  6. Looks like I missed this post! Love the photos of the rice terraces. They’re really beautiful.

    I have a big area of unused land in my backyard right now that gets a lot of shade… need to research what I could grow there besides bamboo 😛