Bonfils works are nearly all typewritten text in French with a few excellent illustrations here and there.
It would be interesting to see if these pages could be processed with OCR and then translated.
The Hazelip works are mostly handwritten with the rest typewritten, in French
she has included many lists, drawings and diagrams
There is probably much valuable information contained in these rare notebooks.
Jamie operates a Permaculture and Natural Farming teaching center and work camp called Mas Franch
in the Corbières region of France.
Here are quotes from several of his posts:
"Dear All, just to let you know we had a good couple of days extending
the veg garden at Mas Franch last week, making some more raised beds
and seeding them with rye (for the shadier places), mustard, parsley,
coriander, carrots, mache, fava beans, peas, cress and lettuce.
This is an intensive veg garden which is attempting to learn what not
to do as the years pass, until all that will remain is the seeding and
the harvesting - I'll let you know how it progresses!
There was also time for discussion of other events, perhaps the most
interesting would be a seedballing event. It would hopefully follow
the work done in Greece by Panos and his group. There are positive
signals from Japan about the involvement of some of the followers of
Fukuoka and I will be sending a formal invitation to Panos and his
followers too. There are two possible areas to try and seedball, some
denuded hills outside Barcelona and a four hectare field that we would
like to make into a natural farm only through the use of seedballs
(long term project).
There is no set date for this event yet (we must find out if and when
people can make it) but it is likely to be sometime next summer,
perhaps even autumn, when it would be the best time to cast the
seedballs. Please let me know if you're interested; there are 70 beds
at Mas Franch, and land for many others to camp, but it will probably
not be possible to accommodate more than about 125.
Please keep in touch with your activities around the Mediterranean and
promote any Natural Farming events on this list. Please upload any
documents you feel will be of interest to this group and send messages
especially about what and how you're seeding and when. Hopefully, we
will then be able to build up a clear picture of Natural Farming in a
Mediterranean climate that can then be added to the work Fukuoka has
already done for a sub-tropical climate in Japan."
"Please send any information on your own seedballing to the group and let's
see if we can build up a good working understanding of seedballing in
Mediterranean lands and continue Fukuoka's (and Panos' of course) regreening
of the southern Europe."
"... thanks once again for your help and interest in getting
started what is, I suppose, the western branch of the movement to
regreen the Med. To this end I wonder if we might invite Panos, Kostas
and perhaps even Michiyo Shibuya or Yuko Honma to help us with our
seedballing initiative? For many of us NE Greece is very far away -
I've been trying to get to Panos' farm for several years now! The
chance to meet up with other people involved in seedballing, swapping
experiences and meeting new people is very exciting. Fortunately, with
this new group in Spain, the problem of where to hold such a meeting
is solved. "
"Dear All, I've just uploaded a Spanish version of 'One-Straw' to the
files section of the group that has just been linked at the yahoo
group by Jesus Ruiz;
"La revolución de una brizna de paja"
Please upload any files you feel might contribute to our understanding
of Fukuoka his books and seedballing."
In a post on Mar 5 2008, 5:14 am he mentions a new book by Fukuoka entitled: "One Straw: A Recapitulation"
"Recapitulation is, with the exception of a photostudy called
'Travelling with seedballs', Fukuoka's last book and, as he makes clear, he
hopes to correct 50 years where he has misrepresented what he originally
saw...not that there is god within everything, but that god IS everything.
It's an important book, by a man who always has something interesting to say
from a new perspective. A particularly interesting chapter is entitled: Men
who kill nature, it is surprising who he holds accountable!"