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Larry Korn: One Straw Revolutionary: The Philosophy and Work of Masanobu Fukuoka

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Larry Korn: One Straw Revolutionary: The Philosophy and Work of Masanobu Fukuoka

Time: April 5, 2016 from 7pm to 8pm
Location: Village Books
Street: 1200 11th Street
City/Town: Bellingham (Fairhaven)
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Event Type: literature, live
Organized By: David MacLeod
Latest Activity: Apr 4, 2016

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One-Straw Revolutionary represents the first commentary on the work of the late Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka (1913 2008), widely considered to be natural farming's most influential practitioner. Mr. Fukuoka is perhaps most known for his bestselling book The One-Straw Revolution (1978), a manifesto on the importance of no-till agriculture, which was at the time of publication a radical challenge to the global systems that supply the world's food, and still inspires readers today. Larry Korn, who apprenticed with Mr. Fukuoka in Japan at the time, translated the manuscript and brought it to the United States, knowing it would change the conversation about food forever. The One-Straw Revolution, edited by Korn and Wendell Berry, was an immediate international success, and established Mr. Fukuoka as a leading voice in the fight against conventional industrial agriculture. In this new book, through his own personal narrative, Larry Korn distills his experience of more than thirty-five years of study with Mr. Fukuoka, living and working on his farm on Shikoku Island, and traveling with Mr. Fukuoka to the United States on two six-week visits.

One-Straw Revolutionary is the first book to look deeply at natural farming and intimately discuss the philosophy and work of Mr. Fukuoka. In addition to giving his personal thoughts about natural farming, Korn broadens the discussion by pointing out natural farming's kinship with the ways of indigenous cultures and traditional Japanese farming. At the same time, he clearly distinguishes natural farming from other forms of agriculture, including scientific and organic agriculture and permaculture. Korn also clarifies commonly held misconceptions about natural farming in ways Western readers can readily understand. And he explains how natural farming can be used practically in areas other than agriculture, including personal growth and development.

The book follows the author on his travels from one back-to-the-land commune to another in the countryside of 1970s Japan, a journey that eventually led him to Mr. Fukuoka's natural farm. Korn's description of his time there, as well as traveling with Mr. Fukuoka during his visits to the United States, offers a rare, inside look at Mr. Fukuoka's life. Readers will delight in this personal insight into one of the world's leading agricultural thinkers.

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Comment by Heather K on April 4, 2016 at 2:47pm
"One Straw Revolutionary" author Larry Korn will be at Village Books Tuesday 7pm!
Comment by Heather K on February 23, 2016 at 2:10pm
Loking forward to having Larry Korn, author of new One Straw Revolutionary comiing up for visit, tour, talk in early April...check in with Brian K at Inspiration Farm re time and location of tour and talk..

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