You want to grow Wasabi Commercially?
Get your Wasabi growing information here. Get the real Wasabi growing details from 25 year veterans of growing, processing and marketing their Wasabi around the world – even to the Japanese.
You are hearing all the stories about the high price of Wasabia japonica (Wasabi) and because you have a piece of land and / or some money you want to invest you think that growing Wasabi is where you want to be.
Growing Wasabi Commercially is best done by people who;
- are landowners who want to diversify or make better uses of their resources, or
- are commercial growers of other crops who want to diversify, or
- are Specialist Growers of exotic crops (Marijuana springs to mind), or
- have a building, or shed they want to make use of, and
- have money and time to invest in building and operating a Wasabi farm, and
- intend to grow a commercial size crop (10,000 plants or more).
When you start looking around the Internet for information on growing Wasabi commercially, you find that there appears to be a lot of information freely available showing you how to grow Wasabi.
The problem with all this free information is that 99.9% of it is totally wrong.
Nobody gives away real Wasabi growing secrets.
Wasabi growing information is closely guarded by Wasabi farmers and kept secret.
Wasabi growing techniques and methods have been passed down from one family generation to the next generation by word of mouth and experience. Most long-term Wasabi growers are retiring or dying and there is no one to take over the existing farms, or they are converted to another crop. The handed down information between family members has not been done, and the information is lost forever.
These days no one wants to spend a 10,000 hour apprenticeship to learn the nuances of growing high quality Wasabi which can be used for many things from food products to killing cancer. They want the information and knowledge distilled down into a manual and a set of detailed instructions.
The problem with this is that academics (and others) who have never grown a commercial crop of Wasabi in their lives are now claiming to be experts in growing Wasabi commercially. They have read books and articles on the subject and think they have managed to short-circuit the learning process to the point where they have the distilled information to sell to others. This is, of course, absolute nonsense – reading a book without hands on experience does not make a Wasabi farmer, or anything else for that matter.
When you start collecting information on Wasabi you come across a lot of information which contradicts another source. How do you know what to believe? The problem here is that you don’t know what to believe and you end up with information overload and you start going round in circles. A lot of people want to experiment at this point to find out what method or piece of information is true. As soon as you do this you have moved from being a Wasabi grower to a Wasabi growing researcher, and our experience is that hardly anyone who goes down that path ever ends up becoming a commercial Wasabi grower. We did, but that was because there was no one around to show us how to grow Wasabi, so we had to figure it out ourselves or give up. 🙁
Every wasabi farm is different, and one size or solution does not fit all.
Every Wasabi growing situation is different to every other Wasabi farm, even those being grown just down the road. One method that works well on one piece of land and environment may not work as well in another area.
Each Wasabi farm must be set up to suit the property being used and the local environment and infrastructure.
The number of variables that must be dealt with in setting up a Wasabi farm are large. A change in any one of these variables can make the difference in being a successful Wasabi grower or going broke.
If it is so difficult to find genuine Wasabi growing information, and find out what type of Wasabi farm to set up, how do I become a commercial Wasabi grower?
Well, I am really pleased you asked that question.
It is because of this lack of available real world experience that we (The Wasabi Maestroes) have decided to train 20 Elite Wasabi Growers before our hard-earned knowledge gained over the last 25 years is lost.
We will help you select and design your Wasabi farm that is individual to you and your growing environment.
Did you know there are 14 decision points before you even get round to starting to build your wasabi farm?
Each of these decisions can only be reached after researching what you have and what might be available. See the diagram below. We will hold your hand through this complex procedure and make sure that you get all the answers you need to make the right decision to ensure your Wasabi farm is successful.
You will use our information together with the regular training seminars and meetings to make sure that you are able to maintain your momentum to actually get a Wasabi farm built. This is the most difficult part – actually finishing what you started without getting disheartened. You need the support of real people who have got wet and dirty while growing Wasabi to get you over this hump.
Growing Wasabi is more than just setting up a farm and growing the plants. You will have a business that relies on 3 things – growing, processing and marketing of the Wasabi. We will work with you to get all these things running like clockwork for you.
Regular contact with us during the building and growing cycle will help you to understand what is going on and why. You will need this backup because unexpected problems will surface when you least expect it, and this backup service will be very beneficial for you. We call this the “Wasabi two step”. Knowing how to deal with these setbacks will be crucial to your success.
You will need the checklists and detailed methods for getting the information you need to make the right decision that we supply to Elite Wasabi Growers Circle members.
Becoming a certificated member of the Elite Wasabi Growers Circle will move you into the Horticultural Elite in the farming industry.
Why you should work with the Wasabi Maestroes.
Let me tell you the story of how we became Wasabi Farmers.
It was back in the dark ages of 1990 when we (Michel and Jenny Van Mellaerts) had come back from the beach with our four boys and flicked on the TV. A program was showing entitled “Country Calendar” and in the last 5 minutes or so of the program that we saw was about an experimental crop called Wasabi that was being trialed by Crop and Food in the South Island of New Zealand. They also showed it being grown in the ground, and mentioned that it was being sold for $100 per kilogram. That piqued our interest as we had just purchased a 5 acre abandoned orchard and house just north of Auckland, and were looking for something to do with the land.
The next week we managed to track down some people in Crop and Food who were looking after the research into this experimental crop, Wasabi. The researchers were spending one day a month on this research and were not getting very far. They had a couple of experimental growing areas that we were invited to visit and view what they were doing. The important thing at that point was that Crop and Food had some plant stock they were willing to sell to us to play with. At this point in time we had absolutely no idea the depth of the rabbit hole we had stepped into. 🙂
Remember at this time, nobody had any real idea how to grow Wasabi in New Zealand apart from what they had managed to glean from various books and articles, and a lot of that was disinformation.
So we built a growing spot in the front garden where we could keep an eye on what was going on. This was based on what we had seen during our visits to the Crop and Food experimental plots. We got some plants and within 3 weeks they were all dead. So we added things and did some tweaks and tried again. Same result – dead plants, but these lasted 5 weeks.
Eventually due to trial and error we finally got plants to grow long enough to produce a usable rhizome (sometimes called a root or stem). A day for celebration!
By this time it was apparent that the front garden was not going to big enough if we actually wanted to make some money out of growing Wasabi, so we moved to the back orchard. Here we removed the vegetables from an old greenhouse we had been using to feed the hungry hordes in the house (4 little boys, remember), and set up a small hydroponics system to see if Wasabi could be grown by that method. We had read an article that said the Japanese were experimenting with this, so in true Kiwi spirit we decided to give it a go. Result same as first front garden attempt – dead plants. We carried on trying out things until we had a brain wave and decided to buy a piece of gear that we thought would make a significant difference. It was expensive and we needed a bank loan to get it. Anyway we did get it and it did make the difference we needed. No more dead plants – well at least not a complete wipe out.
Now we were off and running and we decided that Michel would apply his technical skills (he was a Consulting Design Engineer after all), and design a growing system from the ground up and build that in the old orchard. The expensive piece of equipment could be used there as well. We got the structure built after the builder decided he didn’t want to build it in the previously pegged positions and moved everything 10m away from where it was wanted without telling anyone. It was only after he had poured the foundations that anyone realised what he had done. Just an example of the “Wasabi two step”, the first of many I might add. 🙂
Anyway to cut a long story short the growing area was completed and 5000 plants were installed. Everything was turned on and it all worked just as expected. Less than a year later the first commercially available fresh wasabi rhizomes were sold in New Zealand.
During this time the two original researchers from Crop and Food were invited to come and have a look at the new growing system that was being used. They were kind enough to provide the letter below.
This letter was received from Crop and Food in New Zealand a number of years ago. This organisation is the only outside group that has ever inspected the Sawa Wasabi growing system and they found that this system was “at least 18 months ahead of any other growing facility in New Zealand”.
Since the time that this inspection occurred the Sawa Wasabi growing system has been improved significantly.
When it became known that this new Wasabi venture was in operation then it became a game of hide and seek with people climbing the fences to get into the growing system. At one stage a New Zealand Government department wanted to bring a coach load of Japanese Wasabi Growers to come and have a “look” at this new growing system. They were told to look elsewhere.
This is what one of our neighbours said when asked about us in 2009.
As an aside to this, Michel went to Japan to meet with the Director of one of the Wasabi Research Stations that was maintained by the Japanese Government. It was here that Michel was told that the Japanese had given up on trying to grow Wasabi hydroponically and had gone back to their traditional growing methods.
We have set up 18 wasabi farms in 5 different countries on 4 continents.
We have been growing Wasabi since 1990, and processing and marketing 100% Wasabi products since 1994 to the World. We even had the first commercial website in New Zealand in 1994, when most people regarded the Internet as a fad that wouldn’t last the distance.
Getting the right information and support
The solution that we provide is straightforward and easy to follow.
It consists of;
- Following a detailed map similar to “Painting by numbers”. Get the information and plug the results into your online plan. Ask us to review the information and give you feedback.
- As you move through the steps in order, you find the end result becoming clearer and clearer in your own mind and on paper.
Using this method you can;
- Start immediately using the checklists and forms you receive.
- Get to the point where you are harvesting Wasabi for your market quickly because you have a detailed map to follow.
- Avoid back tracking as you are always moving forward towards your goal.
- Avoid side diversions that slow down your movement towards your goal of getting sellable Wasabi.
- If you apply yourself, you will be able to be ready to start building within a couple of months. Then you might find that you are waiting on the structure and equipment deliveries to start building – it always seems amazingly long between ordering material and them actually arriving on site.
- Stop getting lost in the bureaucratic nightmare that setting up a Wasabi Farm normally entails.
- Get everything sorted out before you start building. Making changes after building starts is always expensive and time-consuming.
The final goal
- Imagine what you will feel like when your Wasabi Farm has been built, and your crop of Wasabi is ready for harvest for selling to your own demanding customers.
- Imagine how your friends, family and neighbours are going to envy you because you followed through and became one of the Elite Wasabi Growers, the only one in your area.
- Imagine the exhilaration you will feel when you bank your first cheque for the Wasabi you have grown and harvested yourself. [Our first payment for Wasabi was accidentally dropped into the growing system and became part of the Wasabi crop. We always referred to Wasabi as our cash crop after that.] 🙂
Why you must use the Wasabi Maestroes knowledge.
We have been growing Wasabi since 1990. We have set up 18 Wasabi farms in 5 different countries on 4 continents.
Each farm has been significantly different to each other. From close to the Arctic Circle in the North to the Southern part of New Zealand including the Equator, we have built Wasabi farms.
From the ice and snow of the Northern hemisphere, to the tropical heat and humidity of Asia and the Equator, to the temperate zones of New Zealand and Europe, we have built Wasabi farms.
In the soil, in rivers and streams, gravel beds and hydroponically, we have led the world in Wasabi growing systems. We have tried and used them all – for most of them we had to invent the appropriate Wasabi growing system. We can even build Wasabi farms inside buildings (houses, warehouses, sheds, high-rise blocks, abandoned buildings or even use old tennis courts).
We started growing Sawa Wasabi hydroponically back in 1991 after Japan and other experts had given up on the idea that wasabi could be grown hydroponically. As an Engineer Michel applied his engineering knowledge to find the solution that had eluded previous researchers who were Government funded.
In 2004 we announced to the World at the SupplySide West trade show in Las Vegas, that we had produced a Nutraceutical grade wasabi product that could be used to kill cancer, and help in the alleviation of other human ailments. This product can now be found in over a 100 different medical and wellness products around the world.
We are continually developing new growing methods to improve the quality and strength of the Wasabi produced using our Sawa growing system. These improvements are introduced into Wasabi farms as they become available. [Our ultimate aim is to produce a pharmaceutical grade natural product that will be approved by the various Health Authorities around the world for curing diseases.]
Benefits of using the Wasabi Maestroes to help you build your Wasabi Farm
- So you get the latest proven Wasabi growing system available
- So you get the best Wasabi growing system suitable for your requirements
- So you get access to the Wasabi Maestroes
- So you keep up to date with developments in the Wasabi market
- So you gain knowledge in how to market Wasabi yourself
- So you keep all the profits without going through a middleman or marketing system
- So you do not waste time or money trying to figure out what you don’t know
- So you follow a mapped out path from dream to completion
- So you can become an Elite Wasabi Grower
- So you can be successful
- So you become a leader in your community
- So you network with other Elite Wasabi Growers
- So you develop as a person
- So you provide for your family and community
Here is what the Wasabi Maestroes are offering you.
We are offering to help you build and get your Wasabi Farm operational.
This is what you will receive;
- Get the most up to date Wasabi growing system anywhere in the world
- A detailed mapped out path to follow from an idea to harvesting and marketing Wasabi
- Detailed Bill of Materials for Wasabi Growing System
- Designed Wasabi Farm drawings
- How to set up a Wasabi farm.
- How to set up Sawa (water growing) system for continuous harvesting
- How to set up Automation control system for Sawa Wasabi growing
- How to grow your Sawa Wasabi
- How to prepare a business plan for your Wasabi Farm
- How to market your fresh Wasabi yourself
- How to transport your Wasabi to market so it arrives in perfect condition
- How to replant your 2nd crop of Sawa Wasabi
- Access to Wasabi Maestroes (Priceless)
- Checklists to make sure you do not miss out any important steps
- Forms to complete that will ensure you have all the information you need to build and maintain the Wasabi farm.
- Operation manuals
- Setting up manuals
- Bi-Weekly one on one discussion of Wasabi project with the Wasabi Maestro (via Skype)
- Monthly joint training session via Internet seminar.
- Access to protected Elite Wasabi Grower Circle member only website
- Individual protected area for your files and collected information
- Access to all training modules and lessons (on a drip feed basis)
- Certificate of completion once each learning module is finished and examination passed
To make sure that you are going to be successful with your Wasabi farm business we are offering the following items as a bonus:
HACCP (Hazard analysis and critical control points) Manual (Value £7,950.00)
License to use Sawa trademark (Value £20,000.00)
Printed Mug “I am an Elite Wasabi Grower in Training” (get a picture)
Wall plaque (after successful completion of the training course)
Elite Wasabi Grower lapel pin (after successful completion of the training course)
Having access to the Wasabi Maestroes (Value – Priceless)
A copy of the Wasabi Growers Primer Book (PDF & Printed)
You get all this for a single payment of £50,000.00
This is what you get
|A detailed mapped out path to follow from an idea to harvesting and marketing Wasabi||£3,999.00|
|Detailed Bill of Materials for Wasabi Growing System||£1,999.00|
|Designed Wasabi Farm drawings||£8,999.00|
|How to set up a Wasabi farm training course.||£1,297.00|
|How to set up Sawa (water growing) system for continuous harvesting||£1,997.00|
|How to set up Automation control system for Sawa Wasabi growing||£1,297.00|
|How to grow your Sawa Wasabi||£897.00|
|How to prepare a business plan for your Wasabi Farm||£397.00|
|How to market your fresh Wasabi yourself Training Course||£1,279.00|
|How to transport your Wasabi to market so it arrives in perfect condition||£297.00|
|How to replant your 2nd crop of Sawa Wasabi||£297.00|
|Access to Wasabi Maestroes||(Priceless)|
|Checklists to make sure you do not miss out any important steps||£999.00|
|Forms to complete that will ensure you have all the information you need to build and maintain the Wasabi farm.||£1,299.00|
|Setting up manuals||£2,999.00|
|Bi-Weekly one on one discussion of Wasabi project with the Wasabi Maestro (via Skype)||£3,600.00|
|Monthly joint training session via Internet seminar.||£2,400.00|
|Access to protected Elite Wasabi Grower Circle member only website||£3,300.00|
|Individual protected area for your files and collected information||£500.00|
|Access to all training modules and lessons (on a drip feed basis)||£50,000.00|
|Certificate of completion once each learning module is finished and examination passed||£150.00|
|Quality Manuals to ISO9000 standard||£16,500.00|
|HACCP (Hazard analysis and critical control points ) Manual||£7,950.00|
|License to use Sawa trademark||£20,000.00|
|Printed Mug “I am an Elite Wasabi Grower in Training” (get a picture)||£10.00|
|Wall plaque (after successful completion of the training course)||£320.00|
|Copy of Wasabi Growers Primer (PDF & Printed)||£330.00|
|Elite Wasabi Grower lapel pin (after successful completion of the training course)||£27.50|
Where would you be in 12 months using the system and where are you likely to be without the Wasabi Maestroes system?
We have said previously that all wasabi farms are different – one size does NOT fit all. Your wasabi farm needs to be set up to suit your particular requirements and environment. This requires individual attention from us.
Look on this as a consultants fee to get you from where you are at the moment to the final goal that you want – becoming an Elite Wasabi grower.
There are only 20 places available in the Elite Wasabi Growers Circle.
We cannot physically deal with any more people if we are to help you all individually.
If you miss out on this offer then you will need to wait at least 18 months before we will be able to even offer it again, and we may never make this offer again. We know how much work it takes to get a Wasabi farm set up and operational – after all we have done it 18 times before. It is possible that after making sure the Wasabi growing knowledge we have accumulated in the last 25 years is passed on to the next generation then we might retire. 🙂
Our favourite quote at the moment is “There’s always a choice, and there’s always a risk. But if you live in fear of what might go wrong, you’ll end up doing nothing.”
Is there a guarantee? What do we guarantee? If you follow the detailed mapped out path to the letter then you will succeed in setting up and getting operational your Wasabi farm.
Compared to the potential cost of attempting to set up a Wasabi farm by yourself and failing (which is more common than we like to think about), regard the fee as a risk free investment in your future. Following the detailed mapped out path will lead you to a purpose-built, operational Wasabi farm, whereas doing it alone can lead to massive monetary losses, if not bankruptcy.
However, development of a Wasabi farm should not be done on a whim. It takes a lot of time, effort, resources and determination to reach the final goal of having Wasabi to sell to customers. It is at this point that you will advance from a Wasabi grower to a Wasabi growing business person with all the attendant responsibilities of running an active business. We will train you for this final move from grower to business person.
You owe it to yourself to find out more.
Fill out the form below now before you leave this page.
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Fill out your name and address details and make a deposit of £100.00 by Credit Card to hold your place in the Elite Wasabi Growers Circle waiting list. You will then receive a detailed application form that needs to be completed by you and returned so we can review it to make sure that you and us are a good fit. With only 20 places available we want to make sure that only those likely to succeed will be selected. All those who are not selected will have their deposit returned and their name added to the waiting list for next year (if one happens). You will receive instructions on making the fee payment to join the Elite Wasabi Growers Circle by email to the email address you supplied on the initial form. Make sure the email address is correct and is an account that you use all the time. Check your spam and other folders if you haven’t received a deposit confirmation within 48 hours.
p.s. Warning If you want to become a Wasabi Grower and you don’t take advantage of this very limited offer by us then it is likely that this time next year, and the year after that you will still be wanting to be a Wasabi grower and no further ahead than you are now, because the path for getting there has become lost in the forest of uncertainty. We call this the “Not knowing what you don’t know” symptom. Without guidance from us you will not know what questions to ask, what information to collect and why, how the information affects the Wasabi farm, and what the next step is. Complete the form below now!
p.p.s. Recap of everything You will get all the information to build a new state of the art Wasabi farm following this detailed mapped out path, with design drawings for your Wasabi farm plus operating, setting up, quality and HACCP manuals. You get all this individual attention from the Wasabi Maestroes by filling in the form below and putting down your £100.00 deposit. You get £137.138.50 value plus access to the Wasabi Maestroes for
£64,997.00 until your Wasabi farm is operational. Fill out the form now!
Frequently Asked Question
Why are the Wasabi Maestroes selling the secret growing systems that they use? The answer is both simple and complicated. The Wasabi Maestroes have been growing, processing and marketing Wasabia japonica for 25 years now. Michel is past retirement age now and Jenny has a way to go to reach that milestone. All their boys have grown up and have their own careers they are following. The eldest is interested in running the business eventually, but not immediately. In the mean time the demand for Genuine Wasabi is growing at a rate that the Wasabi Maestroes cannot keep pace with by themselves. New people must be brought into the fold of becoming growers of High Quality Wasabi, and the only way that will happen is if the Wasabi Maestroes train them how to do it before one or both die. The Wasabi Maestroes have been educating the public and Nutraceutical companies and enlightened medical people about the amazing benefits of Wasabia japonica since 1994, and the benefits from that effort will accrue to the next generation of Elite group of Sawa Wasabi Growers. Are you going to be one of that special group? The demand is there, and the opportunity is there if you have the cojones to grasp it. Fill out the form below to make sure you do not drop this opportunity.