About Shinshu Cassis's Association
In August 2014, "Crafts and Culture of Japan" and "Nagano Cassis Association" launched the cassis project, city farmers, businesses and construction companies gathered, as local new specialty products, Shinshu Cassis domestic only one We aimed to create a new culture of ours and began activities.
The Nagano-shi Mashima district has been regarded as the birthplace of apple cultivation in the same city, and still fruit growing is popular, including apples, and agricultural production and sales with high added value have been done compared to other areas.
However, recent agricultural farmers' aging and lack of personnel, lack of mechanization and troublesome fruit cultivation are serious enough for continuation.
Under such circumstances, in 2010, 10 farmers in the district formed "Nagano Cassis Association", cultivation of cassis (Kurofusa guri) which is easy to cultivate and harvest relatively easy started, in 2014 It got a yield of 750 kg. (Current annual production is about 1 ton)
Also, in addition to the regular farmers, neighborhood disabled persons also participate in the harvesting work and are considered significant as providing a continuous work place (employment support, social participation, support for economic independence) .