Moving Beyond Agricultural Techniques

The basis of Natural Agriculture is to work in harmony with the natural environment for the benefit of the plant, for the well-being of those who eat the food, and ultimately for the whole environment. One of the goals and commitments of Natural Agriculture farmers is to bring physical, mental and spiritual benefit to people, […]

The Relationship between Organic and Natural Agriculture

The organic food movement developed in response to numerous trends in the agricultural industry, particularly the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which pose health hazards. The techniques of organic agriculture include the use of micro-organisms in the soil as well as compost and manure, feeding the soil as opposed to feeding the plants, and […]

Strengthening the Natural Processes

The principle of respect for nature is based on the perception that consciousness guides all life processes. This consciousness extends to all that grows. Natural Agriculture recognizes that plants are conscious living entities. A seed is planted in the earth. Rain comes and the seed sprouts and takes root. The germ of consciousness begins to […]

A Philosophy of Harmony with the Earth.

The principles and practices of Natural Agriculture were developed in Japan in the early decades of the 20th century by Mokichi Okada to foster a renewed understanding of the harmony that exists among the natural elements of the earth. Mokichi Okada conducted extensive research in the development of agricultural practices that would yield the most […]

Our projects in other countries

ASIA Apart from Japan, Shumei has gained recognition in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines within Asia. There have been projects for a few years in India and Nepal.   PHILIPPINES In the Philippines, a center was founded in San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City in 1999, which since 2003 has been located in Valencia Hills Condominium, […]

Benefits

“Mokichi Okada advised his students that any initial success with feeding the soil is temporary. In the long term, fertiliser weakens the soil and damages seeds, plants and our health.” – Liz Ware Plant health “The natural plant has hair roots that are longer and thicker than those of the fertilised plant, and as a consequence […]

Organic & Natural

“One way to approach Shumei Natural Agriculture is to see it as an extension of the ideas behind permaculture and organic growing. It takes respect for the soil one step further. Unlike the organic method, it encourages growers to avoid crop rotation. Unlike permaculture, it advises them not to fertilise their soil, no matter how […]

Principles

“However loudly we might voice our respect for Nature’s intelligence, we’re reluctant to rely on it when it comes to growing food, whether on a commercial or an amateur basis. Instead we act as if the soil had little life of its own. But perhaps the time has come to allow Nature to show us […]

Origin / History

“The ideas behind the Shumei approach to agriculture began with the Japanese philosopher and naturalist Mokichi Okada (1882-1955). They were part of a wider vision he developed during the 1930s of a world transformed through our collective effort into one of truth, virtue and beauty. An important element in this transformation was the restoration of […]