We have been and continue to be inspired by the best gardeners who have worked with an ecology-centred approach over the last 200 years. As such, we feel we are walking a well-trodden path. We acknowledge those whose work can still be found today as well as the many others lost in the passage of time. Some you may know, others are less "famous". But all had a passion for what today we call "ecology" including:
- Charles Darwin (1802-1882)
- George Sheffield (1810-1903)
- Gregor Mendel (1822-1884)
- Claude Monet (1840-1926)
- Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925)
- Sir Albert Howard (1873-1947)
- Jerome Rodale (1898-1971)
- Maurice Kain (Book Published 1935)
- Dr George Sheffield Oliver (Book Published 1941)
- Thomas Barrett (Book Published 1947)
- Ben Easey (Book Published 1955)
- Robert Rodale (1930-1990).
These individuals were all explorers of life and how it related to growing. They all wanted to understand what was behind the things they saw and experienced and worked to improve the situation for themselves and for all of humanity. They were always investigating, digging deeper…today we would say "researching". Some were pioneers of the modern scientific approach. Others took a different approach. But the one skill you see in them all was that they were great observers. They observed and studied the natural world, and they studied what happened in the growing environments they created. They were always experimenting, trying new ideas, learning from the results.