The Little Peach Boy (Momotaro)

Posted November 12, 2012

Several years ago in my hometown of San Jose, California, I came upon a curious statue along the Guadalupe Creek, behind a huge performing arts center, and further tucked away under a maple tree. This statue was one of my first encounters with any kind of Japanese culture in my hometown, before my first trip […]

Yoshikazu Kawaguchi’s Natural Farm

Posted October 26, 2012

In our second visit to Kawaguchi’s home farm — the first was in May of this year — we enjoyed tea and a more informal chat than on our previous visit. Lately, Kawaguchi-san has spent his mornings working on finishing a book, and although he has written and published many well-read books, he says this is […]

Harvesting Rice by Hand in Korea

Posted October 15, 2012

It’s been a busy month or so… to catch everyone up, I’ve started a unique MFA program at the University of Edinburgh called “Art, Space & Nature” which works between the disciplines of art, architecture, and ecology. It’s a good match for the natural farming research and imagery I’ve been gathering the past year or […]

The Final Straw Project

Posted July 27, 2012

The Final Straw is a project which sets out to both examine and further the art of Natural Farming as practiced in Japan and Korea, where it has taken shape as a philosophy of respect for nature, rather than just a technical farming methodology.

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 […]