A Korean Harvest Festival in California

Drumming and dancing at the Korean Harvest Festval (Chuseok) at Namu Farm in California (Photo: P. Lydon | Final Straw)

Our visit to California started with celebratory drumming, feet stomping, and throwing seeds about a field.

The Namu Farm harvest festival — called ‘Chuseok’ in Korean — was a good welcome to California for Suhee, and a good re-connecting with the farm’s manager Kristyn Leach, who plays a big role in the Final Straw film.


The day included a great variety of Korean foods, from rice cake dumplings to fresh tomatoes to BBQ pork, and a ceremonial parade lap around the field, as visitors were encouraged to dance, shout, and to show their appreciation to the land for the food which it grows.

As the parade came to a halt, participants walked about a bare field spreading seed, as drumming, dancing, and shouting commenced once more.


Thanks to Kristyn for inviting us out, and for being a part of the film. You can see her in the currently featured Short Take video, and also in the full film, which we are working to do a ‘rough cut’ screening of in the San Francisco Bay Area this Fall.

Make sure to stay in the loop with our mailing list for information on the screening.

More Photos from Namu Chuseok


2 thoughts on “A Korean Harvest Festival in California”

  1. I am filled with gratitude when I look at these pictures! (I’m in the floral hat). Thank you so much for capturing what was easily one of the happiest days of my life. I can’t wait to see the whole project this summer.

  2. Glad you could see the photos Vivian. From what I remember, you played the part of a very smiling and spirited drummer! Thank you for helping make the day such a lovely celebration 🙂

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