Earlier this year, Regeneration International’s roving reporter Oliver Gardiner visited Shumei Natural Agricultural headquarters and demonstration farm Shigaraki No Sato in Japan. Oliver toured the farm and interviewed several Natural Agriculture farmers to learn about how Natural Agriculture is helping to regenerate the land and promote a sustainable lifestyle.
Shumei International joined the Regeneration International network, which emphasizes the importance of soil health to support the soil’s resilience, fertility, water retention, and its carbon sequestration capacity without the use of chemicals. In this way, agriculture can be a solution to climate change.
Oliver produced a short film on Natural Agriculture as part of a series on regenerative agriculture projects around the world in partnership with Kiss the Ground. The video features Natural Agriculture farmers including Kenji Sake and Yoshiki Yamamoto. While many of the benefits of Natural Agriculture are mentioned throughout the film, there is also an emphasis on the importance of learning from each other and learning from Nature. In the film Yokishi Yamamoto states, “People’s growth is more important than yield. Connecting with the next generation and working with young people is key…” Connecting with each other allows us to have a better understanding of the role nature plays in life and how to cultivate a more sustainable lifestyle.