Larry Korn

Larry Korn, a student of Masanobu Fukuoka, helped translate and edit the English language version of The One-Straw Revolution. He is also an educator, consultant, editor and author in the fields of permaculture, natural farming, sustainable landscaping and local food production.

Larry is author of One-Straw Revolutionary, 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, he broadens the discussion by pointing out natural farming’s kinship with the ways of indigenous cultures and traditional Japanese farming, organic agriculture and permaculture.  After completing his BA degree in Asian Studies at University of California, Berkeley, Larry traveled to Japan to see first hand what life was like in Asia. He lived and worked on back-to-the-land communes and traditional farms in the Japanese countryside. Among other rural farms, Larry spent several years with Masanobu Fukuoka, a farmer and philosopher, on Shikoku Island. Mr. Fukuoka developed a special no-till way of farming to demonstrate the practical value of his spiritual principles.

Larry returned to the United States and helped translate and edit Mr. Fukuoka’s book, The One-Straw Revolution, which was published by Rodale Press in 1978. He went back to Berkeley to earn degrees in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. He then worked with the California State Department of Forestry analyzing soil erosion as part of a state-wide study to measure the effectiveness of logging practices.

Larry was editor of the Tilth publication, The Future Is Abundant: A Guide to Sustainable Agriculture (1982). It is a practical guide for applying permaculture and natural farming techniques to the Pacific Northwest. Although currently out of print, most of the book is available online. 

He learned about landscaping plants and design while working at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery and then at Wintergreen Wholesale Nursery. In 1987, Larry started Mu Landscaping, serving residential and commercial clients in the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty years. 

Larry has taught permaculture courses throughout the United States and has led workshops on natural farming and local food production. He has also written articles on gardening, natural farming and permaculture for publications such as Mother Earth News, Rodale’s Organic Gardening and Tilth, some of which are presented on this website. In 2008, Larry relocated to Ashland, Oregon where he continues his work.

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