Atsumi “Amy” Goto

Atsumi “Amy” Goto

Atsumi “Amy” Goto

Farmer, Japan

After graduating from Kagoshima graduate school (Livestock management) Atsumi participated in agricultural training in the United States. She studied Agriculture and English Education at Big Bend Community College and studied Agribusiness at UC Davis. She also received training at a goat farm in Maine, Seal Cove Farm. Atsumi currently farms with her father and two older brothers. They produce Japanese Green Tea on 10 hectares using the traditional method, Kamairi-cha. She also grows rice on 5 hectares and has about 20 beef cattle. The cattle are breeding stock and feed on forage and homemade rice silage. Her farm is located on the southern tip of Japan in Kumamoto Prefecture. Atsumi volunteers as a secretary of the Terraced Reconstruction Project which is a local Japanese organization aiming at the restoration of agricultural lands after the Kumamoto earthquake that occurred in 2016. She’s also involved with the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council, which organizes overseas agricultural training for youth from Japan, the ASEAN region and from around the world.