The 4 pillars of natural agriculture

Natural agriculture is based on the general principle according to which man and nature live in harmony with each other, in a relationship of mutual respect. It follows that man cannot change the rhythm of nature to pursue his productive purposes. It is important to respect the cycle of the seasons and above all the soil, which must not be exploited improperly.

Natural agriculture, according to the Japanese method, is successfully applied in our Vestri farm, located in Tuscany, through respect for its fundamental principles. Let’s see them below.

Go along with the terrain

The land must be understood and plowed as needed. This principle is not easy to implement because men have always been used to plowing the land. To work it in depth, with the conviction of making it more fertile. In reality it is the roots of the plants and the microorganisms naturally present in the soil that “work” the earth, without the need for any other activity.

Do not use fertilizers

Another widespread practice is to fertilize the soils, with the intention of adding substances that can increase their fertility. In this way, however, the opposite effect of exploiting and impoverishing the land is achieved. According to natural agriculture, no chemical fertilizers should be used because the earth has everything necessary to bear fruit.

Don’t fight but control wild plants

This third principle follows directly from the previous one. Just as chemical fertilizers must not be used, in the same way spontaneous herbs must not be combated by resorting to synthetic substances. Wild herbs don’t have to be completely eliminated, they just have to be controlled with natural methods. In fact, they too have a specific role in soil fertility and in the creation of a virtuous ecosystem.

Do not use chemicals to fight plant diseases

It is completely normal for plants to be attacked by harmful agents. What makes the difference is the way you choose for treatment. According to natural agriculture, we must not resort to chemical solutions and let the plants react on their own. If we leave it to nature, she knows how to do everything.

In conclusion, a short excerpt from “The Clock of the organs” in which the value of the balance, which must be pursued, between man and nature is clearly understood.

“… Like nature and the entire cosmos, every single individual is subject to an omnipervasive principle: he is not the measure of all things and the only ruler of the universe, but a tiny part of it, a wheel of the gear . Only if all things are linked smoothly and tuned together in harmony, the world can proceed without obstacles. Everything is interdependent and indissolubly interconnected. As soon as one sector weakens, this weakness affects all areas of existence.

For this reason, lasting health and well-being can only be obtained if the human being lives in harmony and in tune with nature, if he does not disturb the perennial cycle, for example by exploiting or wasting energy and resources. This means that man must adapt to the changing seasons, to the rhythm of nature and to the annual macrocosmic influences, so as not to cause disharmony that could compromise the delicate balance. Only in a harmonious coexistence with nature can man find inner peace and tranquility … “

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