In this 5-day workshop with permaculture and natural farming teacher Larry Korn we will explore the philosophy and practical techniques of Masanobu Fukuoka, pioneer and world leader of the natural farming movement. Larry lived at Mr. Fukuoka’s farm for two years in the 1970s and translated his best-selling book, The One-Straw Revolution. He also traveled with Mr. Fukuoka on two 6-week visits to the United States. This is a rare opportunity to get an inside look at what natural farming actually is, and who Mr. Fukuoka was as a person.
Some of the subjects that will be covered:
The philosophy, ethics, and principles of Natural Farming
Mr. Fukuoka’s life story and why it is instructive
Natural farming methodology: how Mr. Fukuoka knew what to do, and what not to do
The design and layout of Mr. Fukuoka’s farm
Daily and seasonal chores
Growing vegetables like wild plants
Orchard trees, mushroom cultivation, fertilising, insect control, animals, and more
Growing rice and barley in the same field each year without plowing or flooding the rice fields
Making and using seed balls
Differences and similarities between natural farming and Indigenous ways, traditional Japanese agriculture, organic farming, and permaculture
Natural farming throughout the world
Future evolution of natural farming
How to incorporate the spirit of natural farming into your own life
Larry Korn is an American who lived and worked on the farm of Masanobu Fukuoka for more than two years in the early 1970s. He is translator and editor of the English language edition of Mr. Fukuoka’s The One-Straw Revolution (1978) and editor of his later book, Sowing Seeds in the Desert (2012). Larry accompanied Mr. Fukuoka on his visits to the United States in 1979 and 1986 acting as his guide and translator.