We will be in residence for three weeks as a participating chef and farmer at the Food Hub Project in Kamiyama, Japan as part of their "Farm Local, Eat Local" initiative.
"Lack of next generation farmers and the aging of the current local farmers is one of the largest threats that is occurring in many of the farming communities in the mountain regions of Japan. This lead to the abandoning of vast farm lands which were further damaged by wildlife, resulting in this social issue of modern day Japan.
Currently, the average age of a Kamiyama farmer is 71 years old. This is just another story heard too often in many rural areas of Japan. The township of Kamiyama decided to tackle this issue together with the local community by “producing and consuming locally in sustainable quantities”, leading to the birth of the Food Hub Project."