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Interaction on Natural Farming

Event Start Date:
27th January 2018
Event End Date:
28th January 2018
Event Venue:
Vanvadi, near Pune
AT VANVADI, JAN 27-28 weekend, 2018
You are warmly invited to an open, shared interaction with LARRY KORN on: ‘NATURAL FARMING AS WORLD-VIEW AND LIFE PATH’, including the contributions of its two great beacons: Masanobu Fukuoka and Bhaskar Save.

Larry Korn translated into English, Fukuoka’s evergreen classic, ‘The One-Straw Revolution’, which was then translated into numerous more languages. It arguably influenced and inspired more people in India (and all over the world) than any other book on farming in harmony with nature. More recently, Larry authored ‘One-Straw Revolutionary’ published by Chelsea Green Press, USA. (Larry will bring with him copies of his new book; also of another old book by Fukuoka-sensei, ‘Sowing Seeds in the Desert’. These may be subsequently sourced too from www.earthcarebooks.com (email: [email protected])

Joining the discussion along with others will be Bharat Mansata, who wrote ‘The Vision of Natural Farming’ (published by Earthcare Books) – on Bhaskar Save, of whose farm, Fukuoka-sensei said, “This is the best (I have seen) in the world! It is even better than my own farm.”

Incidentally, the two big global gatherings held in India last month, the ‘Organic World Congress’, and the ‘International Permaculture Conference’, both had halls named after Masanobu Fukuoka and Bhaskar Save.

The Vanvadi gathering will celebrate on January 27, 2018, the 96th birth anniversary of Bhaskar Save, while Fukuoka’s 105th birth anniversary will be on February 3, 2018. It would also be 30 years since Fukuoka-sensei first visited India, in January 1988, to receive the Desikottama Award at Shantiniketan from the then Prime Minister of India.

Those who would like to join the interactive gathering at Vanvadi on Jan 27-28, please email [email protected], preferably soon, as we would like to keep the number of participants within 40.  A voluntary contribution of Rs 1,200 is requested to cover the cost of hospitality and food at Vanvadi over the 2 days; but more or less would be equally welcome. The accommodation will be shared (dorm-style) at the community house, while the food will be simple, vegetarian. (You are welcome to bring your own tent if you like.) There is no electricity or piped water; and participants are requested to bring their sleeping bags or adequate warm bed clothes, as the January nights are quite cold.

Vanvadi is about 10 km from Neral railway station (of Matheran fame), between Mumbai and Pune. It is on the Neral-Devpada-Vare road, 1.5 km beyond Chinchwadi village. Most of the Devpada auto drivers know Vanvadi, and would charge Rs 250 for hiring the whole auto to get there. An update, along with more detailed directions, will be sent to those who register by Jan 20, 2018.

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