Konohana Family is an agriculture-based community at the foot of Mt. Fuji where 85 non blood-related members live as one big family.
In 1994, 20 members found Konohana Farm, which then was renamed to Konohana Family. They aimed to establish a community where people can live together by supporting each other in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, Japan.
The name “Konohana” comes from the goddess of Mt. Fuji, “Konohana Sakuyahime no Mikoto”. Since its establishment, the family has built a certain life style based on harmony. All members make full use of their talents in daily life, playing specific roles, and helping each other.
Konohana Family practices natural farming, and does not use any chemical fertilizers, agricultural chemicals, or genetically modified technology. We choose a sustainable method that provides a good balance between self-sufficiency and productivity, and paying attention to the natural resource circuits. Our total farm land covers 18 hectares; 9 hectares are for vegetables and grains, and the other 9 for rice. Most of the land is borrowed for free from our local neighbors.
We produce most of our food – 260 types of vegetables, grains, 10 types of rice, free-range eggs, pure honey, and miso (fermented soy paste), soy-sauce, and other processed food, produced with traditional methods. We only purchase sugar, salt, and some spices.
We also use “Konohana-kin” (Konohana-microorganisms), an original cultured microorganism solution based on the Effective Microorganisms (EM), for livestock’s feed and water, which significantly reduces odor and creates a healthy environment overall. “Konohana-kin” is used for fermentation process of natural fertilizers, spraying for crops, and for humans to drink as a lacto-bacillus beverage for our health.