Strong farming roots on Torii Station
For more than 60 years, Torii Station has served many critical functions in the Pacific theater. From receiving and distributing cargo to port operations, the U.S. Army’s footprint remains small while its mission continues to grow. However, the mission isn’t the only thing growing at Torii Station, as every year hundreds of local farmers harvest their crops at the U.S. Army’s home on the island.
Today, more than 400 tacit farmers grow sugarcane, potatoes, carrots, watermelons and other delectable fruits and vegetables on the post, which allows for a unique relationship to flourish between U.S. Army Garrison – Okinawa and local residents. According to officials in Yomitan Village, the accord between tacit farmers and Torii Station strengthens the relationship between the Army and the people of Okinawa.
Some of the produce grown here eventually finds its way to the Farmer’s Market, held every Wednesday at Torii Station, where Soldiers and Families can enjoy the unique and fresh flavors of Okinawa. The market is located in front of the gym near the Education Center and accepts Yen only.