|Yay, a hat trick score from amongst my favourite posters.|
I hadn't heard of Masanobu Fukuoka - he sounds very cool! Something to chase up next time I go to Japan.
My favourite gardening writer is Jackie French. I like her because she's Australian, which means she understands my local conditions, and because she is quite slapdash and laid back, which suits my gardening style. She often validates what I just feel to be right, ideas that go against the orthodoxy of gardening. She makes gardening seem easy, which I like too because I sometimes get overwhelmed by what I have taken on!
She talks about 'almost self-sufficiency', which I really like, because it takes the pressure off trying to reach some perfect ideal of self-sufficiency. Rather, the aim to is do what you can, with the understanding that every lettuce you grow in your back yard is a contribution in so many ways - to the environment by reducing water consumption and greenhouse emissions, to your own health, but perhaps most importantly to a deep sense of satisfaction at having nurtured something which then nurtures you. She has a dream that every suburban back yard has at least a little vegie patch and a bunch of fruit trees, that street trees are fruit and nut trees, that all the fantastic arable land that we waste in australia with lawns and 'entertaining areas' is put to use.
And she does all this in a chatty, fun, engaging style, unlike Bill Mollison who is brilliant but a bit ponderous and up himself. I just watched an interview with him tonight and I was disappointed by how much of an egotistical prick he is.
Sorry if this is all a bit off topic. I guess, to bring it more on topic, something that I would really like to see is local governments, or even the state government, being more proactive about encouraging people to grow even just a small part of their own food - maybe by giving small water restriction exemptions or rainwater tanks to those people who grow vegies. I would love to see more local planning around community gardens and food - I am hoping that the food collective we have joined will focus on locally grown food (I think that's the plan). I live in a pretty awful street, on a main road across from an industrial estate, so most of my local action energy is devoted to trying to reduce air pollution from the factories, but one day I would like to be more involved in other kinds of local sustainability initiatives (not sure why I am so obsessed with the food thing! I guess I just think it is a really neglected area of environmental activism).