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Welcome to The Joetsu Tokyo Nodai, Inc.

 
The Organic Farm
 

Formerly abandoned fields, planted to buckwheat,

 
 

 

Nodai is the abbreviation of Nogyo (agriculture) Daigaku (university) , i.e., Tokyo University of Agriculture (TUA).  We are one of three corporations established so far by the Tokyo Nodai, and operate an organic farm in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture. Thus, we are the Joetsu Tokyo Nodai. Inc.

 

 
JAS Organic Mark

 

We produce organic productsrice (koshihikari), zucchini, pumpkin, kushinsai, potato, sweet potato,  radish, buckwheat, and many more different kinds of vegetables, all in organic ways, certified by JAS Law.

 

  Our farm is located in hill areas, on slopes and terraces, which were formerly abandoned by local farmers due to  hardship and inefficiency in farm operations. We cleared these abandoned fields and started growing crops more than six years ago, first for organic cultivation experiments and more recently for business.  We realize the importance of sustainable farm operations in hill areas for the conservation of national resources, natural environment and landscape.  
Abandoned fields in early spring

 

Clearing abandoned fields by machine

 

On 26 May 2011, The Joetsu Tokyo Nodai Inc. received the President Award from the National Chamber of Agriculture, Japan, for our contribution to clearing of abandoned farm lands. Actually the abandoned fields amount to more than 300,000 hectares in Japan, most of which are located in hill and mountain areas.  This is one of the major problems in Japanese agriculture, and the government policy promotes clearing, rehabilitation and utilization of these fields.  We cleared about 10 hectares and have been conducting organic farming for more than three years.  It may be a small contribution to the increased food production and conservation of national resources, but our contribution was noted by the Government authority and thus we were given the President Award

We consider low income to be one of the major reasons for abandoning the hill fields at the beginning. Abandoned fields can be rehabilitated by machines, but the establishment of viable farming in the following years is a major challenge.  Low fertility and harsh physical conditions continue.  In order not to abandon the fields again, we must continue our endeavor in farming so that it becomes sustainable.   Costs are high and production is limited, but we are working hard to sustain our farming business.  

 


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