Chiba Hello! I’m Yuko Yaguchi, mother-of-three, and the eldest of three sisters here at our family’s Canal Farm in beautiful Chiba Prefecture, near the Meiji-era historical town of Nagareyama-Honcho. The name of our farm pays homage to Dutch engineer Mr. Murdell, who worked in helping to “tame” our beautiful Tone River by creating the Tone Canal— it’s a fascinating and important part of Japanese history! I started the Strawberry Jam Experience as an opportunity for people to come and learn all-natural cooking, and to feel like they can get back to the land sometimes, and reconnect as humans, on a fundamental level, with nature. Because I have three young children, I’ve become increasingly aware of how detrimental the highly-processed foods we take for granted in modern times can be. I focus on feeding my family (and helping others to do the same) with freshly-grown, all-natural foods that support health and well-being, but which also taste wonderful. They’re fun to prepare, and fun to eat. I hope in this way that people who work hard in the cities and towns can take with them a little “easy expertise” in making nutritious meals — so that when they’re tired, they can enjoy making something fresh and nutritious, rather than just grabbing the nearest junk food. Surely that will make life more enjoyable for everyone, don’t you think?

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