Quote from Wes Jackon’s book Becoming Native to this Place:

‘Sir Albert Howard published An Agricultural TestamentΒ in 1940. Howard thought we should farm as the forest does for nature constitutes the “supreme farmers”: “The main characteristic of Nature’s farming can therefore be summed up in a few words. Mother earth never attempts to farm without livestock; she always raises mixed crops; great pains are taken to preserve the soil and to prevent erosion; the mixed vegetable and animal wastes are converted into humus; there is no waste; the processes of growth and the processes of decay balance one another; ample provision is made to maintain large reserves of fertility; the greatest care is taken to store the rainfall; both plants and animals are left to protect themselves against disease.”

I don’t know if better words on farming exist.Β