Cultivated Produce: Eggplant, Cucumber, Chinese Kale and Kale

Takasaki City, nestled in Gunma Prefecture, enjoys ample sunlight and a flat terrain, making it an ideal location for cultivating of a diverse array of plants. The region's favorable conditions provide an optimal environment for plant growth.

In our cultivation practices, we prioritize natural methods, opting for cow manure compost instead of chemical fertilizers. Our approach involves incorporating materials such as oyster shell lime, amino acid-based fertilizers, and enzymes. Additionally, we specialize in cultivating vegetables infused with lactic acid bacteria.

Through enzymatic cultivation, we successfully reduce the nitrate nitrogen content in our vegetables, resulting in a composition that is more friendly to the human body. The introduction of lactic acid bacteria further contributes to boosting the body's immune system.

Kale, once notorious for its pronounced bitterness, has undergone a transformation and is no longer avoided by those making smoothies and other drinks. By employing amino acid fertilizers and enzymatic cultivation, we have managed to largely eliminate the bitterness. The addition of lactic acid bacteria not only contributes to this improvement but also enhances the vegetable's overall nutritional value, making it an exceptionally healthy vegetable.

Having spent 15 years in the corporate world as a salaried worker, I transitioned into farming after receiving valuable training at a flower production company. For the past 13 years, I have dedicated myself to vegetable cultivation. The advice from the company president during my training has become my guiding principle: "Create the things you yourself would want to have the most! Only ship what you would buy yourself." These words serve as the foundation for my current cultivation practices.

Presently, my focus is on nurturing young producers and expanding our network of collaborators. Our goal is to pursue enjoyable and sustainable farming alongside fellow farmers, fostering a sense of camaraderie and making agriculture a pleasant and rewarding endeavor for everyone involved.