Jason Riessland grew up on two-and-a-half acres amid the pear orchards of Southern Oregon, and quickly took up his grandfather’s and father’s passion for growing food. Having chosen a career in nursing, he has now shifted his focus, recognizing that first and foremost, healthy living begins at the dinner table. He is a Master Gardener in both Oregon and Hawaii, and has studied permaculture with the Bullock Brothers and Tania Leilani from Australia. He first encountered Korean Natural Farming in 2011 and has been teaching it officially since 2017. He has served on the Board of Cho Global Natural Farming – Hawaii since 2018, and is its current President.
He is also on the Board of the Puna Chapter of Hawaii Farmers Union United and is a member of the Big Island Association of Nurseryman. He is an avid home-grown-food advocate, and has given away thousands of seedlings to people of all ages with new-found green thumbs. He is always available for questions, and if he doesn’t have an answer for you, he will help you find out who does! Since 2010, he has called the wet side of the Big Island home, but enjoys teaching Korean Natural Farming anywhere where plants grow – from the Arctic to the Tropics!