Welcome to Nagano, naturally.

I don’t want to be here.

It’s your fault!

No, really.

Nagano, naturally started with one post on a forum for foreign women living in Japan. I was asked if I thought my friends would be interested in buying some apples.

I asked.

They were.

And boom!

Nagano, naturally was born. And for almost a year it pretty much remained people I knew personally and the volume of sales remained manageable and facebook continued to be the easiest way for a farmer/ teacher who hates computers to connect farm fresh produce (because we soon branched out from apples to rice and rhubarb and vegetables and and and!) with people who appreciate it.

But Autumn 2016 has been a wonderful and crazy and overwhelming and exciting and stressful time. Sooooo much love from happy customers telling their friends and their friends and their friends about us and all of a sudden facebook messages is a time consuming and inexact way to run a farm-business. So time consuming I was using up all my farming hours inside on the computer- and that’s just crazy! And the random combination of orders via Nagano, naturally PMs, comments on photos, comments on posts, PMs to my personal facebook account and even the odd email is very confusing and overwhelming and leaves me in constant fear of disappointing people. And that just won’t do because as you know, happy customers is a core business philosophy here!

And so, Nagano, naturally started a website.

No, really. I did. One Saturday night until 3am……

And it is imperfect and misshapen and quite possibly has a bruise or blemish I don’t even know about (kind of like the produce really!) but hopefully (pretty pleased, fingers crossed!) it will make ordering much easier for you all and keeping track of orders much much easier for Nagano, naturally!

And I do have a tech savvy friend waiting in the wings for if everything goes completely pear shaped. Haha, get it? Pear shaped???

Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

Anyway, welcome to the website and as with all things Nagano, naturally- if something here doesn’t work for you please let me know so I can fix it!



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  1. Thanks for being there. Order coming soon. I have just found you tonight via the ‘EgarĂ©s Francophones’ in Nagoya and want to say welcome. Please put me down for rhubarb, the minute it grows. 🙂

    I’ll be back for wholewheat flour shortly. But meanwhile just thanks and I look forward to a shipment from Nagano soon.

    • Thank you for your comment and I look forward to providing you with rhubarb. It looks like being a good season!

  2. Hi,
    I got your link from mrs Blanka that you buy the vegetables. She advised me to try to turn you, if you can tell me. I’m from the Czech republic .I’m interested in the cultivation of citrus in Japan. I’m assuming that the area in Nagano is not the most suitable area for the cultivation of this fruit, but maybe you can tell me where to go in the area of south Japan (kyushu, Ehime) on some growers. For me it is a big problem to find these information on japanese web sites for reasons of language barriers.
    Thank you in advance for any information on this topic. I’m looking for mainly some sort of connection to the amateur grower of citrus.With due respect, Václav

    • good evening! Do you want information in Japanese or English? I know a great guy she is doing some fabulous research and new things in growing lemons, mikan, oranges etc in Ehime. His name is Masanori Doho. He’s on youtube and facebook and you can attend his seminars (I’ve been to about five now.) Otherwise I can probably introduce you to someone who might have information in English but Nagano is a long way from citrus land so I really don’t have a lot of information sorry!

  3. Good afternoon,
    Thank you very much for the response to my query.
    I know that Nagano is not an area where they grow citrus.
    I can only communicate in English and so of course I would be very grateful for the contact person, this field deals ( even at the amateur level ) and will be able to communicate in English.
    Mr. Masanori communicates also in English?
    Many greetings from the Czech republic, Václav

  4. Hello Heather,

    I am not certain if you could help direct me. I (and my family) are looking to move to Japan. I am specifically interested in organic agriculture. We had our own farm (the Garden of Weedin) here in Wisconsin and I currently work for a non-profit in Wisconsin called Nourish. I would like to learn about organic agriculture in Japan and would be interested in employment on a farm. Do you know of any farms that would consider hiring an American with 12 yrs of organic farming experience? Any direction in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.


    • Good afternoon and sorry for the late reply. I think you’d find the farming here really interesting. I will email you with some ideas.


    • Good morning!
      We haven’t had any rain in ages so I am not harvesting the rhubarb yet. Hopefully very very soon!
      No honey, sorry.

      • Hello, are you still cultivating rhubarb ? If that’s the case, that would be great I will be looking forward to being able to make some jam etc.

        • wow- I missed this comment and now I am VERY late in replying. The rhubarb went up in the shop two minutes ago. You heard it here first!

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