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The One-Straw Revolution book tour with Larry Korn

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  • Book Tour
When Jun 27, 2009 10:00 AM to
Jun 30, 2009 09:00 PM
Where Portland. OR
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Contact Phone (541) 488-1834
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During Summer 2009, Larry Korn will be touring the Pacific Northwest in support of the 30th Anniversary republication of The One-Straw Revolution English language translation. He will also be teaching workshops on permaculture and natural farming throughout the United States. Dates, venues and contact information for his Portland visit are provided below.

Saturday, June 27th
10:00am - Noon - "The One-Straw Revolution"
Larry Korn, Booksigning
10am – 12am
Portland Farmer’s Market
Powell’s Books booth
850 SW Main Street - South Park Blocks at PSU
Portland, Oregon
Contact: or (503) 241-0032

Tuesday, June 30th

"The One-Straw Revolution"
Larry Korn, Featured Speaker
Tryon Life Farm
11640 SW Boones Ferry Rd
Portland, OR 97219
Contact: Marisha Auerbach


First published in 1978, The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka had an immediate, profound impact on people seeking a truly sustainable approach to agriculture. Out of print for many years, the book is now regarded as one of the seminal texts of the international Permaculture movement. Recently the New York Review of Books re-published The One-Straw Revolution, with a preface by Wendell Berry and a new introduction by Frances Moore Lappé.

This historic book about growing food has been changing the lives of readers since 1978. It is a call to arms, a manifesto, and a radical rethinking of the global systems we rely on to feed us all. At the same time, it is the memoir of someone whose spiritual beliefs underpin and inform every aspect of his innovative farming system. Equal parts farmer and philosopher, Fukuoka is recognized as the pioneer of the natural farming movement. Fukuoka worked on his family farm in post-war Japan and over the decades that followed, Fukuoka perfected his so-called “do-nothing” technique and developed commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminated the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and the wasteful effort associated with them.

Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) is also the author of The Natural Way of Farming and The Road Back to Nature.  Fukuoka remained an active farmer until well into his eighties and in 1988 received the Magsaysay Award for Public Service.  Larry Korn spent several years in the mid-1970s with Masanobu Fukuoka in Japan. Larry returned to the United States and helped translate and edit The One-Straw Revolution. Korn then earned his degrees in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition at UC-Berkeley. In addition to editing The One-Straw Revolution, Korn also edited the Tilth Association’s The Future Is Abundant, so he is well versed in new approaches to farming in our region. Larry is an active educator, editor and author in the fields of natural farming and permaculture. He is on a tour of the United States, making several stops in the Pacific NW to promote the book.


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