Agricultural Heritage Systems
Agriculture to protect the landscape of steep slope land villages
(Higashi Miyoshi Town)
Izumino village is located in a mountainous area with a view of the Higashi miyoshi town plain field.
Mr.Shinji Taguchi returned from another prefecture and started his own farm.
Mr. Taguchi worked for electrical and precision machinery related companies in Ehime and Tochigi Prefecture. However, he decided to take early retirement and returned to his hometown Higashi miyoshi town three years ago.
Since his family originally worked in the agricultural industry, he grows a variety of vegetables throughout the year using his family's fields.
Mr. Taguchi sells freshly picked vegetables at local markets, and also wholesales them to the “Mikamo Café” in Higashi Miyoshi Town.
This café serves salads and pastas made with fresh vegetables harvested by Mr.Taguchi every morning. This restaurant offers the taste of vegetables from our agricultural heritage systems.
Especially the bread salad with many kinds of vegetables has become a popular dish on the menu, which shows how delicious vegetables can be.
Mr. Taguchi also runs a farmer's guest house at his home, which accepts urban junior high and high school students on school excursions as well as general tourists.
Customers can experience farming on a steep slope land by using old-fashioned farming tools and harvesting vegetables.
The biggest problem is caused by wildlife animals. Mr.Taguchi has put nets and electric fences around his fields because deer and wild boars cause a lot of damage here in the Izumino area.
In order to continue farming in mountainous areas, there are many problems such as measures against birds and beasts and the fact that machinery cannot be used due to the slopes.
Mr.Taguchi said, “I hope to share my experience and knowledge with those who are interested in farming in these areas.”
The beautiful landscape of the steep slope village is maintained by the daily efforts of the farmers.