For further inquiries about veggie orders, volunteering, media, projects, visits, etc, please contact us via email at:

Hello Farm

Zenryu Owatari and Ava Richardson

hellofarmorganics (at) gmail (dot) com


We also have a Facebook Business Page at Hello Farm for more regular updates and photos.

25 Responses to “Contact”

  1. Fred Richardson May 6, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    My name is Fred Richardson. My wife and I are spending a month in Kyoto. We will shortly be joined by our son in law, Bill and Eli, our 8 year old grandson for 10 exciting days in Japan. Bill and our daughter Reba have an organic farm in Warren, Maine with 200 CSA families and apprentices and woofers and have been doing it for some ten years. Their website is Anyhow, we thought of trying to visit your farm but have been discouraged by their limited time in Kyoto and all they want to see — This being their first time in Japan.

    We are in ARASHIMAYA so getting to Kameoka is easy. After that I hear it is slow going even if we could rent a car in Kameoka. But I thought I would send a comment on this particularly since Ava and Reba have the same last name. (just kidding). Any thoughts you have time for?


    • hellofarmorganics May 7, 2014 at 8:01 am #

      Hi Fred. Thank you for your interest in our farm. Please check your email for a response.


  2. michelle yau September 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm #


    this is Michelle from hong kong. Im planning to visit Kansei including Osaka and Kyoto. Pls let me know if u need volunteer in your farm in the mid Oct about two weeks. I just came back from Chiang Mai, Thailand so i had a little experience about gardening. Im a yoga teacher n practise yoga n meditation.

    kindly let me know what program does u program for volunteer and if fee charge from your farm for my stay.

    please reply.



    • hellofarmorganics September 28, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

      Hello Michelle,
      Thank you for contacting us. Please see your private email for a response. We love volunteers!


  3. Jeff R October 18, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Hello Farms-
    My wife and I are very interested in coming out to volunteer. We live in Nakagyoku and are usually available on the weekends. Are you able to provide some more information on volunteer opportunities? Thanks!

    Jeff R


    • hellofarmorganics October 25, 2014 at 11:57 am #

      Hello Jeff,
      Thank you for contacting us. We usually welcome volunteers any time, but we have a full roster of helpers at the moment. Thank you kindly for the offer. Please contact us again in the spring when we always need more help than we can find!
      Hello Farm Organics


  4. Jasmine April 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm #


    I was wondering if you deliver your veg bixes outside Kyoto? I live in Kobe and am interested in getting one.



    • hellofarmorganics April 28, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

      Hi Jasmine
      Yes, we deliver anywhere in Japan through refrigerated delivery service. Please email us directly if you have further questions. Thank you for your inquiry.


  5. Jane May 23, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    Hello Ava and Zenryu,
    I’m a friend of Helen Hayashi and would like to start ordering the mixed veggie boxes. Could you let me know how to do this?


  6. alexanthropology November 20, 2016 at 11:20 am #


    My girlfriend and I have recently moved to Kyoto to study and work.
    We are both interested in sustainable and organic agriculture and would like the opportunity to come and visit your farm and do some work.
    We are free most weekends, would you be able to provide a bit more information about how we can help?

    Alex & Lucy


    • hellofarmorganics November 24, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

      Hello Alex. Sure! We love volunteers! Please check your email for a response.


  7. Meir Barak January 15, 2017 at 3:27 am #

    Dear Zenryu Owatari and Ava Richardson

    During planing our vacation ti March/April in Japan, I’ve just discovered you on the website and in the Internet.
    We are couple , starting our 60′ in a vacation in Japan.This is my Facebook page

    At home we eat organic vegetables and Edit (my wife) is studying macrobiotic food.
    We are looking for healthy food and rae interested in it’s growing.
    Edit asked my to find farmers on our way from Hiroshima to Kyoto, to see with our own eyes how the work is done.

    We live near the north part of theIsraeli desert, and we visit weekly the nearest organic farm, not far from us .

    My question to you if it is possible to visit your farm for few hours , during our vacation in Kyoto?

    We really hope to get your positive answer

    Best regards

    Meir Barak


    • hellofarmorganics March 26, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

      Dear Meir. I am so sorry that this reply is sooooooo late! We have been on holidays out of country and away from technology for a while. Thank you for your interest in our farm but unfortunately, we are in a very isolated area, far from the city and public transportation. There is no bus to our area. So, i’m afraid short visits for only a few hours are not possible here. I hope you have better luck with another farm. Sincerely,


  8. Bala January 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    Good Day.I am looking for Organic Cotton Farms in Japan,can anyone help me on the location or the contacts.Thank You


    • hellofarmorganics March 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

      Hello Bala. So sorry, but we don’t know of any cotton farmers in Japan. Best of luck. Ava


  9. Stéphane February 11, 2017 at 10:07 pm #


    Can i have more information ?
    I live in Osaka for now.



    • hellofarmorganics March 26, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

      Hello Stephane. I am so sorry for this really late reply! We have been on holidays and out of country, away from technology for a while. Sometimes its good to avoid the computer for a while.
      You are requested more information but I don’t know what kind of information you are looking for. Can you please be more specific and email us your questions at


  10. Jacky February 12, 2017 at 12:06 am #

    My name is jacky from malaysia,I will be
    In kyoto on this end of may .
    Hopefully be allowed opportunity to visit & know more further about organic farming in your place.

    Best Results


    • hellofarmorganics March 26, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

      Hello Jacky. Thank you for your interest in our farm. I am not sure what kind of visit you are looking for, but we are in a very isolated part of the Kyoto mountains. There is no public transportation to our area. In fact, we tend to only take volunteers willing to stay longer than a week to make the effort of getting to our area, worth the effort. If you are looking for a short visit of only a few hours, I am sorry but that is not possible in our area. But if you wish to volunteer for a week or longer, please use and sign up through this network. We are a registered farm host and this organization gives us some security in terms of inviting new people into our home. I hope you understand.
      All the best.


  11. Jose Jekeri Taningco March 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    My name is Jose Jekeri Taningco, from the Philippines. I would like to volunteer. Can you tell me how to go through my application. Thanks.


    • hellofarmorganics March 26, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      Hello Jose. Thank you for your interest in our farm. We do accept volunteers but we prefer people to use to sign up. This network of organic farm hosts gives us some security in vetting volunteers, connecting with like-minded people, and giving volunteers a secure network to choose from as well. We hope you understand. Sincerely,


  12. Jérémie Kuster February 20, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

    We are couple from Switzerland aged of 32 and 29. I’m a geographer and Marie-Elodie is a music teacher. Since the 18th of september we have been travelling through Asia. Japan will be our last destination and we would really enjoy sharing an experience working in your farm. Our project is to reach Japan by boat from Taiwan around the 10th of march. So would it be possible to help you 10 or 15 days around this date. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards
    Jérémie and Marie-Elodie


  13. christine hennigan September 2, 2018 at 9:24 pm #

    Hi my name is Christine and my son (16) and I are coming to Kyoto for a few days, arriving on the 29th Sept 18 and department on morning of the 2nd Oct, back to Melbourne, Aus. I was wondering if we could drop in some time to see your food production? I have started a gardening/food growing business, very recently and am keen to see what other people are doing; especially where food production is so important. thanks Christine


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