I yearn for the Japanese custom where the home garden is an ordinary place. Sustainable agriculture as much as possible.

As much as possible in a small area

In Yamanashi Prefecture, I grow about 30 kinds of vegetables in the garden and a small rented field in the mountain. We make cucumbers, bitter melon, peppers, chili peppers, herbs, etc. We don’t sell it, but we distribute the harvested vegetables to friends and colleagues.

The point I particularly note is to use as much “native” seeds as possible. Two species, “F1 species”, have been artificially bred to have the same shape, variation in color and rate of growth, and “native species”, which can be obtained from pine crossbreeds. often. Most seeds handled by seed companies are F1 species, but F1 species cannot be left behind. Each year, each seedling adapts to the environment and risks, and becomes more diverse each time. So protecting native species helps to preserve plant diversity. I don’t decide not to buy commercial seeds, but I use as much indigenous seeds as possible to achieve sustainable agriculture. Although it has been modified to make commercial seed easier to grow, delicious and wonderful vegetables can still be produced even when grown from native seeds. When you see the seeds you bear each year, you can feel the vitality of the soil and vegetables. I want to keep as much native species as possible.

Interested in sustainable coexistence

I became interested in agriculture when I was in high school. Initially I majored in equestrian, but I enjoyed classes in biology and natural sciences, so I decided to switch my major from equestrian to natural environment management. There, I met a teacher who studied the coexistence of plants, animals, the natural environment and people, and was fascinated by agriculture for the goal of sustainable coexistence.

After graduating, I continued to study natural environment management at a vocational school and have a deeper understanding of land in particular. After that, I worked on a 160-hectare field for two years. As a result, my desire to participate in sustainable agriculture closer to my ideal became stronger, and I decided to use a program called WWOOF to reach organic farmers around the world. WWOOF is a homestay program that helps organic farmers work. While experiencing organic farming from around the world, I met and married a Japanese woman in New Zealand. I moved to Japan.

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Let’s make the vegetables we eat

One of my favorite things about Japan is that there are so many home gardens. While experiencing different styles of agriculture around the world, I want to grow sustainable vegetables, so a Japanese home garden is ideal.

France also used to have the custom of home gardening. However, in recent years, home gardens have become a place to grow flowers, few people grow flowers at home. Unlike Japan with a lot of mountains, fields are usually done on large swathes of land, and most of them are large-scale farmers. On the other hand, in Japan, it is very tempting that the custom “if you have a garden, make your own vegetables” is popular.

What is particularly impressive is the house of my parents-in-law. My wife’s grandmother has been making enough rice and vegetables for her relatives to eat for over 80 years. My wife has never bought vegetables and rice. I eat my own vegetables, sow the seeds from the field and harvest again the following year. It was a natural setting for my wife’s grandmother, but I longed for it. I also want to live like this.

Also, I was attracted to Japan in the field of sustainable agriculture, the so-called permanent culture. Of particular interest is the rural ecosystem of the Edo period. I think that “living without a complete waste production”, such as making manure into fertilizer and selling it as a product, needs attention in this day and age.

Recently, the term “sustainable agriculture” began to spread around the world, and Japan in the Edo period was the pioneer country. Masanobu Fukuoka, a leading expert in natural farming, is also Japanese. No one interested in aquaculture, not even France, was unaware of his name.

I want to create a heavenly orchard

I actually grow vegetables in Japan and enjoy it every day. I’m happy just seeing the watermelon get bigger and bigger.

Be careful not to try to make the perfect vegetable dish. It is almost impossible to create something that is not scratched in nature. Only necessary care is chosen so that the power of the vegetable can release itself.

For example, soil preparation is very important for vegetables so we are paying attention. Now I’m trying to mix the rice husks with the soil to increase the amount of microorganisms in the soil. From information from farmers who have helped in magazines, online and WWOOF, I only choose information that I consider to be good.

From now on, I want to grow fruit trees as well. There are many yuzu and pomegranate trees in the vineyard that we are helping. While at work, if you pinch a little when you’re hungry, you’ll feel as happy as going to heaven. I also want to create such a paradise.

If I can make the field a little bigger, I want to be the host of WWOOF. I have been indebted to me so much so I would like to repay. It would be great if we could give an opportunity to learn about aquaculture.