Haruo Ogose belongs to a group of farmers (not only tea plants, but all types of food products) who are dedicated to cultivation without pesticides or fertilizers -- organic or otherwise. Truly naturally grown tea leaves, Ogose-san has been farming for some 19 years.
WHY DID YOU START FARMING?
I wanted to do a job that involved nature. When I first started my job, I owned both paddy field and farm. However, I always wanted to work with trees in a mountainous area and because the busy season in paddy field and farming overlapped, I decided to concentrate only on tea. I feel refreshed and purified when I am taking care of the tea plants in a mountainous region surrounded by trees.
MESSAGE TO THE WORLD
Simple, pure, and refreshing - not strategic or artificial – is what I want to offer. I want to provide the nature as it is. And this is expressed in the organic, natural flavor of my tea.
Approx 50 - 500 meters (tea fields are located in several different areas)
SIZE / # of FIELDS
1.98 hectares / 5.13 acres. I manage tea fields in Shizuoka City, Shimada City, Fujieda City, and Morimachi City.
TEA PLANT CULTIVAR
Yabukita (やぶきた), Sayama-kaori (さやまかおり), and Zairai (tea plants from seed).
I devoted myself into the tea farming business in 1994 but it was around 1980 that I started inheriting tea fields grown without pesticides or fertilizers. I gradually expanded from there, managing tea farms located in the mountainous area that is fertile and pesticide free.
In order to produce tea that is closest to teas grown in the nature, I cultivate without the use of pesticides, fertilizers, chemical synthetic or micro organic materials. Final processing is done at a factory that processes mainly organic products.