Thank you for your interest in Midori Farm!
We are a volunteer, non-profit organization based in Kyoto and Kutsuki, Shiga. Our mission is to revive farmland and rural areas through organic farming and educational events. We are striving to bring back the traditional food system to restore the health and environment of Japan. With all the crises we face worldwide, Midori Farm provides opportunities for people to get involved locally and bring about real changes.
CHANGING TIMES FOR AGRICULTURE AND JAPAN
The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) reports that the number of farms is decreasing each year, losing over 30% in the last 10 years. Those numbers will continue to drop as 65% of the population of farmers are aged 65 years and older. Furthermore, Japan rates very low on the scale of sustainability; we import over 60% of our caloric intake. In response to this, Midori Farm is taking over fallow fields and turning them into productive, organic farms. We’re introducing modern methods of sustainable agriculture alongside the tried and true techniques that the resident farmers have used for generations.
Every year there are a number of new, young Japanese farmers, but that number is insufficient to handle all the fallow fields. Midori Farm provides opportunities for people to try organic farming as well as work regularly on a farm. Also, through events and volunteer programs, people from anywhere can come to the mountains of Kutsuki, experience the beautiful nature, and visit the farm. Furthermore, with our Teikei (Community Support Agriculture) System and events in Kyoto city, Kyoto-ites can interact and connect with the countryside that surrounds them.
Farming is difficult work, especially to get started, and in the first few years farmers often find the hardships too great to bear. Midori Farm is creating resources and infrastructure for new and existing organic farmers to support them in times of hardship. Materials commonly used in organic farming abroad, such as compost, heirloom seeds and organic alternatives to chemicals are hard to find here in Japan. By combining Midori Farm’s international background with the abundant opportunities here, we can add a new dynamic to organic agriculture in Japan.
News Reports have been filled with the effects of climate change. We face a very real crisis right now, but many of us are overwhelmed or unsure how we can help. Midori Farm provides a way for people to get involved and make a difference in their community. Your interest and support can help us make a positive change on the food system, health, and environment in Japan.