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.
Principals and History
A Goal of Shumei Activities:
Bringing the Spiritual and Material
Natural Agriculture, Art, and Spirituality
Shinji Shumeikai Reaches Out to the Catskill Mountains
The Effect of Natural Agriculture
The Shumei Earth Charter 2001
Natural Agriculture & Youth
Partnership with Rodale Institute.