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Ethan Rainwater
Ethan Rainwater

The One Straw Revolution Revisited

The system of Natural Farming developed by Japanese farmer/philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka is an important inspiration and complement to Permaculture as we know it. By intently observing natural cycles, Fukuoka attempted to bring the agricultural system back into balance as a resilient polyculture. His yields were impressive, though he used none of the inputs or tools that conventional agriculture deems necessary. As our global society begins to contemplate post-petroleum agriculture, these ideas hold great promise for a better way.

In the summer of 2010, the presenter traveled to Japan to discover what has become of Fukuoka’s “revolution.” He spent 3 months researching Natural Farming, meeting a host of its current practitioners, and tracing the evolution of this great man’s legacy.

Ethan Rainwater is a landscape designer/contractor based in Eugene, OR. He has been studying and experimenting with organic agricultural techniques since 2003, and tries to bring these ideas into his current practice on the home garden scale. Ethan holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and one year of training in Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon. He is Permaculture Certified by the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, CA, and is an OSU Certified Sustainable Landscape Specialist.

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