Kristyn Leach of Namu Farm in San Francisco - Film still from Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness

Kristyn Leach of Namu Farm in San Francisco - Film still from Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness

A Farm is About More Than Just Growing Food

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.

This interview is part of a special series of ‘short take’ excerpts from SocieCity’s feature-length documentary film “Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness”.

In the hills above San Francisco Bay, Kristyn Leach spends most of the year tending to a mix of naturally grown American and Korean vegetables and herbs which she delivers directly to Namu Gaji restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District. She explains to us about her intimate relationship with the field, how her natural farm does and doesn’t fit in with the economics of our food system, and why all of this is about far more than just nutritious food…

A Sociecity Films production directed by Patrick Lydon and Suhee Kang
Filmed at Namu Gaji Farm in Sunol, California

Watch the full documentary at


Namu is essentially helping to re-define what ‘good food’ means, and it’s also getting consistent praise, both locally, and in international press, with the San Francisco Chronicle, Guardian, BBC, and New York Times all chiming in this year alone. We think that Dennis and Kristyn have officially started a new ball rolling here in San Francisco, and we know what happens when a ball starts rolling in the hilly city by the bay… more at

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