Goshogawara Agriculture and Forestry High School was founded in 1902 as an agricultural high school with about 500 students between the ages of 16 and 18. The school’s apple orchard occupies an area of 1.6 hectares and produces approx. 10 tons of apples in more than 10 varieties.
Located in the north of Japan, Aomori Prefecture has a long apple-producing history and produces about 50% (470,000 tons) of domestically grown apples.

Learn more about the school and its special program here.


Fifteen high school students between the ages of 16 and 17 launched this project. The students created a team and took up the challenge to obtain certification. They inspected the orchard regularly, had frequent discussions, set up a risk management and digitalization system, and incorporated a framework of traceability in over 10 sales points for the school apples. In 2015, the school was the first in Japan to receive GLOBALG.A.P. Certification for its apple orchard. This achievement led the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to start a nationwide effort to promote GLOBALG.A.P. education in high school.

The school has incorporated GLOBALG.A.P. Certification into its curriculum, so students can learn about and practice implementing the GLOBALG.A.P. standard at their school orchards. Each year 170 students graduate with GLOBALG.A.P. knowledge and experience. Due to the decrease and ageing of the country’s population, Japan’s agricultural working population has fallen by 62% during the past 10 years and its average age was over 66 in 2015. Thus, the training of young people in agriculture has become very important to Japan.

Watch a video of Mr. Akira Yamaguchi, the school’s principal, talk about the journey his students took that won them a G.A.P. Award 2016.


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Photo: Goshogawara Agricultural and Forestry High School