This is the only place in Japan where we can grow tomatoes year-round
“This is one of the only places in Japan where tomatoes can be grown year-round,” explains Hiroshi Motoki, president of Wonder Farm. “That’s how ideal the climate here is for them.” Iwaki enjoys more hours of sunlight than almost anywhere else in the country, while the hills and ocean breezes create the perfect temperature changes between day and night.
This is Wonder Farm’s third year in operation. “The last two years were all about building our foundation,” Motoki says. “we built a processing plant to develop AFFrinnovation products, opened a restaurant--all things I had never done before. Even now, I spend my days completely wrapped up in the business.”
He is a man who radiates passion for what he does. Born and raised on the Fukushima’s Coastal Region, he is adamant in his love for his prefecture.
“I want to work together with the local producers to give everyday people the kind of scenery you can only find in a farming village, the kinds of flavors you can only taste in a farming village, and the kinds of experiences you can only have in a farming village,” Motoki explains. “That’s how we get more people who want to farm, which in turn will help revitalize agriculture and bring more energy to the entire region. That’s my dream, and Wonder Farm is the platform I’m using to get there.” There’s no doubt that Motoki will keep driving full-force towards that goal.
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