Food, food culture, food as culture and the cultures that grow our food

Wild tomatoes
for guests

May 7, 2006

Here’s a clump of wild tomato seedlings with the exploded tomato skin still attached to the roots like a busted balloon. They’re popping up everywhere in my kitchen garden, and to think I wasted all that time fussing with the foetuses and a propagator when they can grow themselves all by their lonesome. From now on I’m just going to let a few tomatoes dry on the vine and let them dump themselves on the ground. I may just be getting the hang of the Masanobu Fukuoka style of gardening!

These are currant tomatoes, a wild variety that produced zillions of little berry sized fruit and which pretty much scattered itself throughout my kitchen garden end of season. This is the one I use as my ‘guest tomato’, planted at the ends of the rows so that visitors can have something to nibble on and I can put lingerers to work on an obsessive compulsive harvesting task.

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  1. hola, soy perito en recursos naturales y curso la carrera de agronomia busco informacion sobre masanobu fukuoka y su trabajo de campo experimental mi interes es ponerlo en practica en buenos aires en mis talleres de huerta organica racional urbana comunitaria ,los huerteros de bs. as. esperan esta informacion,un abrazo. laudemiro

    Comment by laudemiro — October 7, 2006 @ 15:03

  2. hello, I am an expert in natural resources and ‘teach?’ a course agronomia I look for information on masanobu fukuoka and its work of experimental field my interest is to put it in practices in Buenos Aires in my factories of communitarian urban rational orchard organica, the huerteros of bs. ace wait for this information, a hug laudemiro

    I translated this with an online translator. Please excuse the horrible translation, I need to get Mamasita on this one.

    information on masanobu Fukuoka can be found here:

    Translated from the Japanese by Chris Pearce, Tsune Kurosawa and Larry Korn
    Published by Other India Press
    Mapusa 403 507, Goa, India
    ( )

    Copyright 1978 by Rodale Press, Inc., and Masanobu Fukuoka
    ISBN No. 81-85569-31-2
    (,6597,2-104,00.html )
    The Fukuoka Farming method
    Ploughboy interview with Masanobu Fukuoka

    Comment by debra — October 15, 2006 @ 9:21

  3. i was deeply moved by masanobu fukuoka n tried to adapt his ideas to indian conditions.and still can see some pictures at

    Comment by k.v.bhat — July 3, 2008 @ 18:44

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