[permaculture] The Power of Duck: Integrated Rice & Duck Farming

Steve Diver steved at ncatark.uark.edu
Mon Mar 25 15:59:54 EST 2002


Here's a noteworthy book for The Permaculturist's Bookshelf::

"The Power of Duck: Integrated Rice & Duck Farming"
by Takao Furuno.  Tagari Publications, Tasmania.

This book is really impressive for a summary of this sustainable
farming method, but also for the creative farmer-friendly layout
with crop calenders as to "when" you perform interseeding of
cover crops, etc..

It is like Furuno & Tagari sat down and did a permaculture
design on how to present information in a book format.  It is
laid out so well that it is easy to follow, even though rice-duck
integrated agriculture is fairly complex when you think about it.
It's got plenty of illustration, tables, and photographs.

Weeder geese generated a lot of interest in the early 90's.  One
time I was digging through the university library to find information
on this topic and I across a curious blurb about "Agaimo ducks"
as biological weeders in addition to weeder geese. Well, this
book is about the Agaimo duck, the work bird of the Orient.

Here's a few book descriptions I found on Google.com

http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~it6i-wtnb/PowerDuckChapter.html
http://www.ecwa.asn.au/info/news0104.html#Duck
http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~Aigamo21/Furuno%20book/Book1.html

We wrote to Tagari about ordering books, and they
provided a couple of North American distributors, fyi:

Tagari Publications  - Permaculture Institute
31 Rulla Road
Sisters Creek
Tasmania 7325
Australia
Ph:   61 (0)3 6445 0945
Fax: 61 (0)3 6445 0944
tagariadmin at southcom.com.au
http://www.tagari.com

Rodale Institute Bookstore
611 Siegfriedale Road
Kutztown, Pennsylvania 19530
Phone: (610) 683.6009
Toll-free (800) 832.6285
Fax: (610) 683.8548
Email: ribooks at fast.net
http://rodaleinstitute.org/bookstore

Seeds of Change
3209 Richards Lane
Santa Fe, New Mexico  87507
Phone: (505) 438-6512
Toll-free:  888-762-7333
Fax: (505) 438-7052
Email: gardener at seedsofchange.com
http://www.seedsofchange.com

Quack, quack....

Steve Diver
Fayetteville, Arkansas






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