No-till farming is gaining attention worldwide as a sustainable method of organic farming.
One of the challenges Nishida Farm, a glutinous rice farmer, is taking on is the no-till cultivation of glutinous rice in order to deliver safe, secure, and delicious glutinous rice.
You may be surprised to know that no-till farming of rice paddies is possible.
Yes, it is.
In conventional farming, rice paddies are usually plowed 15 cm or more deep.
At Nishida Farm, however, only 3 cm below the surface is gently stirred.
This rice preparation was done in March.
The photo is a view of the newly-plowed rice field.
Why don’t they plow deeply?
Because we are practicing organic farming, we do not want to disrupt the function of the fungi in the soil.
The only reason we only plow within 3 centimeters of the surface is to mix the soil with the rice bran that we spread as organic nutrients.
Rice bran is the powder from the outer husk of the rice when it is milled.
The photo shows the exposed soil after the rice bran has been mixed in.
The rice stalks, rice husks, and rice bran grown there nurture the soil again.
This kind of ingenuity in cultivation is what makes Nishida Farm’s glutinous rice “delicious” when you take a bite.
We hope you will try Nishida Farm’s glutinous rice as well.