An ardent follower of Great Masanobu Fukuoka. It is a pleasure to see VANITAJI breaking the shackles along Shrishji. This wonderful couple has created magic at 15 Gunthe farm at Shivaji Nagar, near Kadegaon (Karad) – District Sangli.
Around 1995 the journey started. A young wannabe farmer visits the BALIRAJA office and sees a copy of ONE STRAW REVOLUTION – Masanobu Fukuoka. This moment revolutionized the person. He bought the book with small money left in his pocket, which is just adequate to buy a bus ticket back home. He starts reading the book and gets hypnotised. He develops an unending thirst to meet the great MASANOBU SAN.
By that time he was holding three acre farm from his father and ancestral line. He started experimenting on the lines of MASANOBU SAN. First 7 years did not yield results. The confusion reigned. But then he started rephrasing MASANOBU SAN. Slowly his farm started responding to the ideas.
Shirishji had made wildest imaginable efforts to reach to MASANOBU SAN. The list is long and weird. Driving on a motorbike to MASANOBU SAN in Japan, Reaching Japan via China and so on… The strong will ended with MASANOBU SAN’s death.
Last 15 years the farm has not been tilled. Broadcasting and Mud-balling has changed to piercing technique. Multilayer Multi-cropping is at its peak. He does not use animal based fertilisers and pesticides. Mulching by biomass is used to the maximum. No vegetation within the boundaries of farm is allowed to go out or get burned. Every single piece of vegetation is recycled into soil.
In those 15 Gunthe, all possible nutrients are generated and harvested by cultivating right crops. All genomes are preserved and carried forward by self. No market intervention is allowed. A small and beautiful self-sustained lifestyle is designed. In this endeavour VANITAJI is taking more than equal part to make this model practicing reality. Shirishji and Vanitaji are living FUKUOKA LIFE STYLE, a very rare sight. This is not farming, it is living on the guiding principles of FUKUOKA.
Shirishji appeals to SOIL that “your real child is weed, but please allow your adopted son to grow for me”. The adopted child is rice, jowar, corn and so on… and Soil responds in abundance.