A story of choosing to live simply and grow one's own food in rural Japan
Kay McDonald, big picture agriculture
Koichi Yamashita's four objectives for farming: (1) Be lazy. Save labor by cutting corners and not doing unnecessary work. (2) Be stingy. Don't spend any money. Forget about the economic system. (3) Be safe. Don't use poisons on your food. (4) Don't be greedy with the soil. Determine its actual fertility and don't try to get a bigger harvest than you ought to by using too much fertilizer. If you understand what your soil can really produce, you will have a stable harvest from year to year.
A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance by Andy Couturier
The author's blog.