Kawaguchi-san is the leader of a no-till, organic, non-mechanized agricultural movement and teaches at Akame Natural Farming School once a month. I attended Akame’s monthly gatherings when I lived in Wakayama. Kawaguchi-san also teaches Chinese herbal medicine. I hope to have the time someday to translate his books.
On Monday, I visited Mr. Susumu Hashimoto and his family.
I worked closely with Hashimoto-san for 18 months. He was one of my first agricultural mentors. He has expanded since we worked together, and now has a full-time assistant. Most notably, he now produces over 2000 liters of soy sauce a year. In addition, he’s now almost 90 percent seed self-sufficient, that is, he saves almost all of his own seed.