Nothing much of interest to GDP or the stock market ever happens in Urugi Village. Yet there is an unexpectedly resilient human ecosystem here. What answers could places like Urugi offer for an environmentally-sane future?
A temporary restaurant is the opening scene for a multiple-month community based arts and ecology project where we bring to life an empty plot of urban land and invite the community to cultivate food, relationships, and creativity.
Four years in the making, our award-winning documentary film weaves together majestic landscapes, a moving original soundtrack, and deeply insightful interviews with world leaders in the natural farming movement.
Built along natural farming principals, we transform an empty urban lot into a natural garden based on empathy with all living things, including the weeds, bugs, and all of the life that enters the space. This empathy is woven into a series of arts and environment workshops, and eventually carried into the community by those who visit the garden.
In an economy which pushes and fights its way towards new, profitable solutions, one Japanese man wields a refreshingly simple way of problem solving, finding balance for himself and his family in a way that most would find counter-intuitive.
Kristyn Leach, resident farmer for Namu Gaji restaurant in San Francisco, explains to SocieCity her own compelling reasons for farming, and why for her, the act of natural farming is about far more than just growing nutritious food.