Things I know about Akinori Kimura
- His history as a nonplussed microbiologist is downplayed, but important. He studied conventional agricultural methods and refuted them.
- He wrote One Stray Revolution. It delves into the healthy cycles of growth as it is tied to season. His knowledge of seeds, planting, sowing, weed acceptance, and leaving shit alone is antithetical to many ideas cherished in the modern world that currently demand we pimp poison and fertilizer for the agribiz industry like it’s a necessity. Anyone who has ever visited an old forest knows it didn’t get there from fertilizer and poison.
- As a microbiologist, Kimura understood that there was something happening on a microscopic scale that differentiated wild growth from farm growth. Somehow, bacteria and critters were helping each other, but how?
- He tried growing apples, but he really sucked at it, and he couldn’t use poison because his wife had allergic reactions to it, and he was a failed farmer, distraught, and suicidal. He took a rope to a hillside one night to hang himself, but he found sprouting oak acorns there, and he figured out his path ahead. Satori.
- He doesn’t kill weeds like clover, which he calls “green manure”. Carpeting plants retain heat and moisture. This allows the soil to develop a microbiological system of nutrient transport, worms, and robust decay of organic material. Bacteria within this environment actually protect plants, as it is the larger plants which ferry more material than they need. Akinori Kimura calls his orchards with their weeds arks. Because the soil is the foundation over time.
- His apples are purchased in advance. Waiting lists can be four years long to get one of his apples. His apples help cure ailments because they possess helpful microbiological material that help people.
- He trims weeds in fall, sometimes strews hay in winter.
- He took his “do nothing” style of permaculture to the rice paddy, and reduced the amount of water needed to grow rice. Again, no chemicals, and much less water required for planting, growth and harvest.
- He studied ancient methods of seed preservation. Back in the day, thousands of years ago, farmers would pack seeds in clay, and when it dried, the clay protected the seeds from moisture, and therefore fungus and funk in storage. He adopted this technique to spread guerilla farming.
- In countries suffering from famine or forced famine by despotic regimes. The seed balls could be used to grow food without tilling. Therefore, food – an indication of remote settlement – could not be spotted from the air. There were no fields. Seed balls could be dropped from aircraft to quickly nourish a region, and the plants would return without industrial interference.
- How work was supported by the UN, where he was a guest speaker for years. He helped prevent famine.
- He had a bumper crop of interns. How techniques have made him an important part of germaphobic Japan. Some germs are good. His nickname is Magic Apple Grandpa, and he’s the real Johnny Appleseed we need.