3 weeks in Japan: An island called Megijima

Posted November 14, 2013

Intern, Heeyoung writes about how a mere coincidence transformed into something much more…

Free Food Kit

Posted August 18, 2013

The Final Straw takes part in the Eco Village Project in Yamaguchi, Japan using seeds and a call to action…

[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…

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 […]

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 […]