Natural Agriculture in Santa Cruz

Posted July 14, 2012

News update for the Final Straw documentary: Since returning from farms in Japan and Korea, I’ve been searching more for Japanese-style natural farms on the West coast of the U.S. — they have been very hard to find/contact — and just this week a very special farm named “Shumei” has offered to give a tour […]

By The Numbers

Posted June 5, 2012

Today, I head back to Silicon Valley with 227 GB of HD video and a ton (metric) of knowledge gained from the dozen or so natural farmers we interviewed while traveling 2,900 miles in Japan and South Korea. I seem to be in a “numbers” mood right now, so here are some from the trip… […]

Japan/Korea Travel Map

Posted June 4, 2012

The last several weeks have brought a lot of travel as we made our way around to visit the most prominent natural farmers in East Asia for the “Final Straw” documentary. Due to the limited budget, we had to travel the cheapest way possible. It wasn’t always a bad thing, but most of the travel […]

Week in Western Japan

Posted May 15, 2012

This week we filmed in Osaka, Nara, and Fukuoka, and each day was full of fresh local food. In Nara, our amazing Japanese interpreter and I spent an extended weekend withYoshikazu Kawaguchi, a natural farmer who runs a free monthly farming class, including free practice farming plots for students; about 300 students were in attendance […]

Yoshikazu Kawaguchi – Day 1

Posted May 11, 2012

We had our first meeting with a Japanese natural farmer today, and it was an amazing one. Yoshikazu Kawaguchi has written several books and is a “natural farming” icon in Japan. Today, he invited us to his home near Nara, Japan, where we talked over tea and the most juicy, crisp, and sweet peas I […]

Fancy Breakfast from a Rooftop Garden?

Posted May 4, 2012

We visited the “Blues Guesthouse” in the Segeomjeong neighborhood of Seoul a few days back after hearing about a rooftop vegetable garden they are starting. It’s very early spring here, so the plants are just starting to come up, but it was nice to have a short morning chat with the guesthouse owner, Mina, who […]

Dumulmeori Farm

Posted May 3, 2012

With one of the farmers suddenly too busy to meet with us, a broken camera body, and malfunctioning lens, it hasn’t been all roses the past week out here. Luckily, we’ve been able to get some other interviews and Suhee knew a very kind (and inexpensive) camera repair man who was able to fix the […]

Traditional Korean Heating System

Posted April 23, 2012

Our sleeping experience on the farm in Hongcheon was a unique one in that we were in a very traditional house. Many Koreans sleep on the floor, and this night provided no exception, but the truly unique thing was in how the heating is provided. I’ve seen a few homes in the U.S. which are […]

Our First Farm Visit in Korea

Posted April 23, 2012

Just returned to Seoul this afternoon from a beautiful mountainside farm in Hongcheon, a few hours outside of Seoul (by train and bus). The owner of the farm, Gaeguri, is not only a natural farmer, but an author on the topic as well. He was also one of the first in South Korea to take up Natural […]