E. Hazelip & the Synergistic System
Who is Emilia Hazelip?
She is someone I found about 5 years ago while studying Fukuoka that believes in gardening the same way Fukuoka does.
Emilia Hazelip (1938 - February 1, 2003) was an organic Permaculture gardener who was born in Spain and began gardening seriously in the late '60s. A former "Merry Prankster" and pioneer of the concept of synergistic gardening, her farming methods were inspired by the work of Masanobu Fukuoka.
Where Fukuoka focused most of his attention on orchards and the rice/barley crop rotation, Emilia Hazelip focused on creating and maintaining market gardens of vegetables and herbs.
Emilia Hazelip, who introduced the concept of permaculture to France over a decade ago, drew on many sources as she continued to develop gardens. The work of Permaculturist Marc Bonfils with self-fertile cereal production and the microbiological research of Alan Smith and Elaine Ingham are frequently mentioned.
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Her 4 principles of gardening echo that of Fukuoka.
1 - Continuous fertilization of the soil by a permanent organic cover crop.
2 - Growing the annual crops with the association of complimentary crops, integrating nitrogen fixing trees.
3 - No plowing, or any other type of soil disturbance, the soil works itself.
4 - The soil aerates itself so long as there is no compaction.
In a very very real sense, this is what anyone practicing the Linda Woodrow method is already doing. However the weeds aren't ever really removed, they were there for a reason. Lift the weed slightly from the soil, cut the plant at the root level. Leave roots in the soil, slightly pulled up and away, but not out. The "weed" is chopped and dropped.
The "Fukuoka Farming Website" used to have something called, "The Synergistic Garden" which explained in detail how to re-create the system Hazelip started however the Fukuoka Farming Website took down ALL the information regarding Fukuoka & Hazelip in order to sell books. Shame, it used to be a great site full of knowledge.