Go go summer

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News! Rice panicles (heads) are developing- They have been visible to the naked eye. Since we have had a cold summer season, the growing stages have shown up very slowly. It had made me nervous, but FINALLY I see the small grains. Hope this hot summer feast will be continued for a few more weeks for Koshihikari. Go go summer, no Autumn yet.

Rice plant and Fish

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Rice-fish farm is the environmentally friendly best practices. Releasing fish in the created extensive artificial wetlands (rice paddies) helps insect control and creates the ecosystem. Rice plants also provided shade, thus keeping the water cool and allowing fish to remain active even during the hottest months. Did you know fish poop is the primary source of nitrogen in any aquaponic system? I hope they are ready to work on rice paddies!

55% refined rice

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These brilliant educational tools were provided from Melotti Farm in Italy. Davide Mantovani is the one of educators from Melotti Farm and created these tools. He has given wonderful classes for school groups using these tools. The two clear containers demonstrate each milling process. The photo on the right is 100% paddy rice and will separate to hull, green, bran, broken rice and rice. Each of the contents will be used differently, letting nothing to go to waste!  It is amazing to see the amount of work that goes into the 55% white rice, which mainly consumed by humans. The others are consumed by animals and used in other byproducts, Wow, I deeply appreciate rice farmers for their hard working.