What is the role of producers and coexistence with nature in agriculture? The essence of continuing natural farming and grass cultivation and wanting to convey it.
Organic kiwifruit／Ishiwata Organic Farm
The area around Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, Little known, is Japan's number one producer of organic kiwifruit. The warm climate overlooking Suruga Bay and the natural environment and soil against Mt. Hakone are suitable, and Mr. Toshihisa Ishiwata, who succeeded in the natural cultivation of kiwifruit for the first time in Japan, this is because the technology is generously passed on to local producers. Kiwifruit has the image of being from New Zealand, but the quality of Odawara's domestic organic JAS kiwifruit is exceptional. It has the characteristic that it can be eaten with the skin.
Characteristics of Ishiwata's kiwifruit
◎ A pioneer in pesticide-free and fertilizer-free cultivation of Japanese kiwifruit ◎ Particular about not only safety and security, but also the shape and deliciousness of the product. ◎ f the skin is thin and the thin hair on the surface is scraped off by hand, the whole skin can be eaten, so it is nutritious. ◎ Actively conducting educational activities for the natural environment and sustainable agriculture
Free chemical fertilizer
Organic JAS Certification, Natural Farm Certification
About 2 months in refrigerated storage
Ishiwata Organic Farm
Toshihisa Ishiwata, nobuyuki Ishiwata
Kuno Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Premium Kiwifruit from Japan's Organic Pioneers
New Zealand in the southern hemisphere, which produces a lot of kiwifruit, and Japan in the northern hemisphere, located opposite the equator. The area where mandarin orange cultivation is popular is said to be suitable for kiwi cultivation. Mr.Ishiwata Asbestos is the 15th generation farmer who has been in Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture for 300 years. For over 30 years since organic farming, they are cultivated by natural farming methods such as tangerines, lemons, limes, lemon limes, kiwis, plums and rice. Kiwi is the second most popular fruit tree in Odawara after oranges and plums. The prefecture promoted cultivation around 1970 and started cultivation in Yamakita town. Eventually, it was cultivated instead of oranges, mainly in Kuno. Precious kiwi, which uses no pesticides or fertilizers, is a natural natural farming method that is sweet, sour, fresh, fresh, and has a natural flavor that is safe even if you eat it with its skin. Asahi's mission as chairman of the Odawara Organic Agricultural Research Institute, instructors of agricultural work, seminars, field tours and acceptance of natural farming tours, spreads natural farming, and promotes real agriculture and the original taste of crops. It is to be passed on to generations.
Immunity is important for plants as well as humans
About 40 years ago, mandarin oranges were made using conventional farming techniques and shipped in full to the agricultural cooperatives. At that time, many mandarin orange farmers died from pesticide poisoning, and it was the first turn to start organic, thinking that it would be strange for consumers to put their lives and make oranges for the discarded skin. For the first five to six years, I started making tangerines using microbial agriculture, which stops chemical fertilizers and ferments compost. I realized that the number of pesticides halved and that if the soil changed, pests and diseases would decrease. At that time, after the fall of oranges, we started growing kiwis, which had just been introduced to Japan, with young people in the area. From the beginning, it was pesticide-free, and organic fertilizers were used, but a disease called "Kaiyo sickness" in which kiwi dies out appeared in a part of the field.Since we knew at that time that overuse of fertilizer was the cause, we stopped using organic compost immediately and continued to grow without fertilizer. Heads and fields have been successfully switched from practice to organic and natural farming. After about 10 years of fertilizer-free cultivation, I thought that if fertilizer was the cause, I would not be able to get rid of canker disease anymore, and experimented. I tried to graft the sick branches. I did not move in the first year, so I tried it for three years and tried it. Just like the human body, I was convinced that immunity was important, as if I was healthy I couldn't move even if I had a cold around me.
Developing orchard grass cultivation
Fertilizer-free cultivation is not a technology that anyone can do anywhere. If the location changes even in the same kiwi, the climate and the ground will be different. The most important point is whether the plant is in the land or not, and knowing it requires experience, skill and information. If anyone thinks it can be done easily, they will make a huge mistake. If the relationship is elucidated chemically, it will spread, but it is an unknown world. hairy vetch In the undergrowth of the orchard, we grow bean grasses called hairy vetch. It lays on the ground like a straw and controls the weeds. Because the grass absorbs the nutrients that kiwi normally absorbs, fertilizer must be applied to the grass, but it has recently been discovered that a large number of microorganisms in the soil produce nutrients. Soft soil is an important point of natural farming. The soil contains a lot of air, and the air sucks and nourishes the plants. Microorganisms are also active using oxygen and nitrogen, so the soil softens and keeps warm. Grasses must also be selected according to the crops that are on the land, and they are not uniform. Natural farming is not open-ended cultivation, it is different from hokkaido. Good results cannot be obtained unless research is done through trial and error.