Russian Gardeners

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SUBHEAD: A growing number of people believe that Russian gardeners, or dachniks, hold keys to the planetary survival.

Image above: A "commune" of Russian dachniks in front of shared housing on 7/27/08.From

By Dr. Leonid Sharashkin on 10 July 2009 for Primary Agriculture -
Organic gardeners outcompete industrial farmers

Why is this the case?
Simply because on their minuscule plots of what was formerly marginal unproductive land, tens of millions of Russian families now grow more food than the total of the country's commercial agriculture.

They require no government subsidies, are not dependent on fossil fuels or machinery, use predominantly organic growing methods, and are fabulously productive, while at the same time upholding the millennia-old tradition of living in union with Mother Earth.

Russian gardeners' example shows that an agriculture based on the ideals of beauty, permanence, and non-violence is practicable on the national scale even in the industrially developed countries.

Groundbreaking new research
Forthcoming in August 2008, "Family Gardens: Russia's Primary Agriculture" by Dr. Leonid Sharashkin presents what is probably the first comprehensive study of the monumental economic, social, and cultural significance of Russia's vast permaculture movement.

Far from being an abstract theoretical study, Dr. Sharashkin's research is of crucial practical importance to anybody concerned with the future of humanity. Russia's unique family gardening practice offers a missing link to our understanding of how everybody can attain self-sufficiency while living a lifestyle gentle on the Earth.

Sharing the knowledge
The Earth gives so freely without asking anything in return. This is what we call the miracle of fertility. Believing that we can all benefit from following nature's own ways, Dr. Sharashkin is making his entire 300-page doctoral dissertation available for a free download from this website,

To download the PDF file (3 Mb) click here


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