Taking advantage of micro-organisms in soil
Enzyme farming is a method which utilizes the catalytic action of naturally existing enzymes. It is the latest in organic farming, in which the activity of billions of micro-organisms in the soil are affected by the enzymes they produce themselves, enhancing their function in the ecosystem and vitalizing various enzymes. In other words, crops are given enzymes, liquid manure and water infused with micro-organisms, to reduce the need for agrochemicals and chemical fertilizers. This method is not widely known in Japan, but it is already an established method commonly implemented in Europe and America. Crops grown using the enzyme method are said to grow stress free and remain healthy.
Onion that is the apple of his eye?
Nakata visited Fumimasa Nishi’s farm in Ogata, Oita in order to learn his technique. Nishi uses compost rich with nutrients for the microbes to feed on. By allowing the soil and compost to ferment together, he is able to grow safe and delicious vegetables. He grows tomatoes and eggplants in greenhouses, eggplants and onions outdoors, and also grows rice and breeds cattle.
- Fumimasa Nishi
- Bungo-ono-shi, Oita