A pioneer of organic farming.
Yoshinori Kaneko is known as the leading figure of organic farming. We visited his farm, Frostpia Farm, for an interview.
The nature is circulating beautifully.
During his thirty years of experience, he saw that the nature is circulating beautifully. And Kaneko’s farming is a circulation farming, taking after the nature. That means, eat what is harvested from the field, and feed whatever remains to animals, and make compost from animal droppings and fallen leaves from the mountains, and fertilize the field with it. The foods are produced within such circulation.
Kaneko takes further consideration for environment. He gets electricity from solar power, water is drawn from a well. What’s more, he collects used edible oil from nearby restaurants, cleans it with a centrifugal separator, and reuses it. It is not only used as edible oil, but he also uses it as fuel for tractors and automobiles. This has really surprised Nakata, all the staff and everyone present at the interview.
Organic farming is a method to be near nature.
When Nakata asked what the important points are on organic farming, Kaneko mentioned the following four.
At Frostopia Farm, there are many trainees who have come to learn organic farming. Kaneko says that more than 90% of them are not the sons of farmers. It may be a proof that there is a growing concern for food safety, environment and food crisis. What Kaneko was concerned about thirty years ago may be the concern of many people today.
- Shimosato Farm Yoshinori Kaneko
- Ogawa, Hiki-gun, Saitama Prefecture
- URL http://www.shimosato-farm.com/