Masanobu Fukuoka

The organic farming methods at the Teatulia garden draw on the work of the Japanese philosopher-farmer, Masanobu Fukuoka.

Born in 1913, Fukuoka was a pioneer of the natural farming movement. His book, the One-Straw Revolution, sold more than a million copies in 20 languages. Fukuoka advocated cultivation that didn't use mechanical tilling methods or pesticides and herbicides.

He also specialised in the re-vegetation of deserts, using projects in Somalia, Ethiopia and the US to show how the right kinds of farming could bring life back to apparently inhospitable areas.

This was of particular interest in Tetulia, where the land was arid and almost lifeless before Teatulia started planting tea there.