Celebration of Summer Harvest
All are invited to come celebrate the summer harvest at the Shumei Natural Agriculture Garden Open House on August 6 from 12-2 p.m. The afternoon will include a vegetable tasting and refreshments, a guided garden tour and “Slow life, slow food, small farm: Agriculture for our future generations,” a lecture by Arthur Kikuchi of Kenta Farm in Canada. The Shumei Natural Agriculture Garden at the Rodale Institute showcases a small homestead on about an acre of land cultivated following the principles of Natural Agriculture as developed by Mokichi Okada, a Japanese spiritual leader and farming pioneer. Natural Agriculture is an approach to agriculture in which the natural capacity and wisdom of nature are respected. Natural Agriculture method emphasizes the integrity of nature and the purity of soil and seeds, and encourages minimum intervention with the growing process. The garden has the potential to support a family of four with food during most of the year and features energy-efficient components such as a solar geodesic dome greenhouse and a green roof building. The Shumei Natural Agriculture Garden is located at 611 Siegfriedale Road in Kutztown. For more information, call 610-683-6009 or visit RodaleInstitute.org. See ad, page 9.