Parts of a Whole: Building a Nature Mandala

Posted April 1, 2017

It’s difficult to see in practice, how our individual voice makes up one part of a beautiful whole. The nature mandala workshop helps us experience this…

Glimmers of Light at The Centre for Stewardship

Posted July 26, 2016

What does it mean to be a steward of the land? Find out in this story about our latest workshop and screening event in Fife, Scotland…

What Would Happen if We all Grew Food?

A Fall sunset in California's Central Valley (photo: P.M. Lydon, Final Straw)

Posted May 13, 2015

How many people could all the empty yards in a suburban block feed if they were put to use growing food?

Solving Soil Loss is Simple, But Requires a Mindset Change

Yoshikazu Kawaguchi at his Akame Farm School in Japan (photo: Patrick M. Lydon | Final Straw)

Posted May 4, 2015

Feeding the world by changing how we think about food and human nourishment…

Korea’s EDU Farm Conference

Patrick and Suhee speak about their Final Straw project at the EDUfarm conference in Seoul, South Korea (photo: Saerom Suh)

Posted January 23, 2015

Film excerpts and talk about the Final Straw to a great group of people in Korea…

[HUMAN:NATURE] Symposium in Japan

Mr. Matsuzawa lectures at the [HUMAN:NATURE] symposium in Megijima, Japan.

Posted August 12, 2013

The past few months have been full of art, farming, community, and finding new appreciation of nature…

Final Straw Event Recap: Seoul

Posted March 18, 2013

Suhee and I produced a lecture in Seoul this month, partly to raise awareness for The Final Straw, and partly to spread knowledge about natural farming concepts… but it was also a chance to connect with the city, to tell the story of what on earth natural farming has to do with office workers and […]

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 […]

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 […]