"The principle of the Natural Agricultural method is an overriding respect and concern for nature. Nature can teach us evrything." - Mokichi Okada
Underlying Natural Agriculture is a profound reverence for nature, and the farming involved is guided entirely by nature’s intrinsic wisdom. Rather than seeking to control nature, farmers listen and respond to it. Mokichi Okada, who
developed Natural Agriculture in the 1930s, envisioned it not only as a means of cultivating pure and wholesome food, but in addition as an art and also a spiritual pursuit.
Natural Agriculture is not merely a horticultural technique; it entails a change in the way we think about nature, and the advancement of a more sustainable style of living. As an agricultural method, it relies on an understanding of the subtle
physical relationships and spiritual bonds that exist among all elements of the cultivation and consumption of food: the earth, sun, rain, wind, the farmer, the people who eat the food, and the society in which these people live. All these
benefit from its practice; it is Natural Agriculture's purpose to make all these elements spiritually and physically healthy.
In keeping with Natural Agriculture's emphasis on the purity and integrity of the soil, seeds, and water used to produce our food, Shumei is deeply committed to the purity of our environment and the conservation of our natural resources.
Accordingly, we have developed close ties with the Rodale Institute of Pennsylvania. Shumei also maintains and promotes Natural Agriculture.