Garden – Life – Balance: Growing the Natural Agriculture Way

Rodale Institute

Event Description:

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This 2-day conference of Shumei Natural Agriculture teaches the philosophy, the basic principles, scientific theories and how-to of Natural Agriculture.  Natural Agriculture is simple, affordable and sustainable as it does not require any additives, chemicals or fertilizers. In addition, continuous cropping and seed saving are important components of Natural Agriculture.  Upon completion of the conference, participants have the opportunity to join an extended support network of Shumei farmers, gardeners and teachers.

The practice of Shumei Natural Agriculture was founded in Japan in the 1930s by Mokichi Okada. It is based on a highly developed philosophy of life and is intimately tied to the physical and spiritual laws that govern the universe. It is more than a system of food production--it is a way of life.  Since 2009 Rodale Institute has hosted a Shumei Garden on our 333-acre organic farm, as the philosophy and teachings provide another view of agricultural techniques and methods.

Speakers include:

Dr. Elaine Ingham, a world-renowned soil microbiologist and Rodale Institute's Chief Scientist. For more than three decades Dr. Ingham has helped thousands of individuals and companies improve their agricultural practices through a deeper understanding of what soil health really means.

Dr. Diana Jerkins is an internationally recognized author, leader, and teacher in the area of Sustainable Agriculture, including the philosophy and practices of Natural Agriculture.

Alan Imai, Director of Natural Agriculture Programs, Shumei International Japan and Executive Director of the Shumei International Institute in Crestone, Colorado. Now he enthusiastically introduces the spirituality of Shumei Natural Agriculture activities globally, such as in Zambia, Turkey, Brazil and the Philippines, and seeks to promote a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle in these countries.

For more information, contact Maria Pop, Education and Outreach Manager, at (610) 683-1481, or

Tuition includes lunch and refreshments
Preregistration is required

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