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Kaneda Berry Garden
‹ΰ“c@Žόˆκ‚³‚ρiShuichi Kaneda)

Age: 65

Hometown: Shintoku Town, Hokkaido

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We canft produce rice? What should we do?
@I used to grow rice. It would have been nice if I had been able to continue to do so. Around 1975, however, the government told farmers to decrease their rice crop acreage by half because there was a surplus of rice and then completely discontinue rice cultivation. Upon being told this, I wasnft sure what to do. I tried to cultivate various other crops, but could not even earn enough to pay for the seeds and found it impossible to make ends meet. Therefore, I worked as a mailman for 30 years until I reached retirement.
Under these circumstances, I happened to learn about hascup one day. At first, I only knew that it seemed to be healthy. Since it often came up in conversations, I though I should study more about it.


Once I begin something, I never give up.
@It was in 1984 that I made up my mind to cultivate hascup. I purchased 1,000 seedlings from a hascup farm in Bibai. Starting out on such a large scale was intentional. However, I could not start earning an income immediately. I wanted to make sure I could lead a stable life by the time I retired. With this in mind, I worked many hours each day for the next 20 years.
I went to work at the post office at 9:00 a.m. and worked in the field after coming home from work. I was engaged in fieldwork, thinking that if I got up at 3:00 a.m., I could do half of the work for the day. Then I went to the post office. I became burnt out, both physically and mentally.


The secret behind delicious berries is the use of soil that is free from agricultural chemicals.
@Our berries are grown in soil prepared using earthworms and homemade compost, which is produced by blending and fermenting cow manure, bird droppings, horse manure, rice bran, soybean cake and rapeseed oil. No chemical fertilizers or herbicides are used. As for agricultural chemicals, the minimum amount of lime sulphur is used only once a year to exterminate scale insects. Although this is laborious, it is the key to cultivating delicious hascup. Thanks to these efforts, I now hear people saying that my berries are delicious. This makes me very pleased.
In addition to hascup, we grow red currants, white currants, black currants (i.e. cassis; delicious berries containing ingredients that are good for the eyes), gooseberries and other berries in my garden. Please come and experience berry picking and enjoy the sweet flavor.



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