Fukuoka's farming technique requires no machines, no chemicals and very little weeding. The soil is not plowed and no prepared compost is used and yet the condition of the soil improves each year. The method creates no pollution and uses no machinery. The Fukuoka method requires less labor than any other, yet the yields in his orchard and fields compare favorably with the most productive Japanese farms which use all the technical know-how of modern science. . . truly the Zen of gardening.