World Soil Day
Pure soil is an essential part of Shumei Natural Agriculture. World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.
Many modern agricultural practices are based on a belief in the need to control and manipulate the growing process. Nature is viewed as a mechanical thing in which it is possible to replace one gene with a manufactured genetically modified organism without any effect upon the natural world order and balance. Instead, Shumei Natural Agriculture does not use any chemicals whatsoever in its farming methodology—no herbicides, no pesticides, and no fertilizers—not even animal manure. We simply trust the power of nature that can grow healthy and tasty crops that are full of vital energy.
Continuous seed saving from the same location are one of the key principles of Natural Agriculture. Seeds saved from Natural Agriculture crops are the best seeds to use for the following year. For the first year, if you can not get those seeds from another Natural Agriculture farm, you can use local organic variety seeds or heirloom (open-pollinated) organic seeds. Never use genetically modified (GM) seeds as they have had their DNA manipulated through genetic engineering.