My name is Matthew Downs and I just started rice farming in 2009.
I live on Sado Island, Niigata, Japan. I came to Japan in 2002 and taught ESL for 2 years at Aeon and then 5 years as a JET in Hamochihongo. Around 2008 or so, I had this strange idea that maybe farming might be an interesting career choice and I asked a rice farmer friend of mine here on Sado if I could join up with him and give it a go. Surprisingly, he thought that would be a great idea. And thus began my journey as a rice farmer.
I figured I’d try and blog about my experiences. I’m not very good at remembering to do so, but hopefully I can make a habit out of blogging. We’ll see…
Our farm is named Daruma An Farms. You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter. And if you’re living in Japan, you can order rice from us and have it delivered directly to your door.