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Hello my name is Shiba,
The place where I live is Awa city in the prefecture of Tokushima where I own a small organic family farm and have been farming for over 19 years now.
I can teach Japanese traditional soil improvement and natural farming more than 100 years ago.
I can also introduce a little-known history of Japan.
Do you know about Fukuoka Masanobu? He is a Japanese farmer known for his natural farming and a celebrated philosopher. I am trying to follow his path of organic growing and creating a sustainable environment.
We do not use tractors or big machines (as it consumes oil) and we do not use chemical fertilizers, only natural fertilizers such as compost.
If you look at agriculture today, agriculture is a vast image of large-scale agriculture, but 80% of the world's farmland is small-scale farms of 2ha or less, and small-scale farmers account for half of the world's population, and it accounts for 70% of world food production.
But small farmers are suffering now and I would like to change that by teaching and learning about a sustainable environment for everyone, building a community together where everyone helps each other and the environment.
Unfortunately, in a capitalist society, we need to make profits right now to live. But hopefully with open minded people who are interested in changing society and the world around them for the better for everyone we can do this.
Please lend me your power!
The following is the purpose of using Workaway.
After I started farming,
I had the opportunity to look at IMF materials.
Commodity prices fell by 1% each year.
Free is the future.
So I aim to make the price of agricultural products free.
And I improved Mr. Fukuoka's farming.
I think the world will change if everyone has the sense of Mr. Fukuoka.
For that, I want to create a foreigners village in this area.
My area will be full of empty houses in the near future.
In the village, foreigners can visit at any time and do not have to worry about money or food.
And we produce ourselves what we need.
In Next April, we will prepare a field for people staying at Farm.
Harvest begins in June.
I will sell the vegetables harvested in the field for the staying person to my customers on behalf of the staying person.
Staying people can buy what they need with the benefits of vegetables.
There is no need to pay rent, electricity, gas, water, or food.
It will be an interesting experience of what I want to explain and your stay will be fulfilling.
There is no such place in Japan,
so many Japanese come together.
When a lot of people gather,
farming time is one hour a day.
The rest of the time everyone does whatever they want.
As a premise I am not anti-capitalist,
Create independence from capitalism and true freedom.
What do you really want to do?
It's not a village right now, but let us know your ideas and opinions.
1, You can check the current stay reservation status.
Up to 11 people can stay. (If you own a tent you are welcome to come even if there are already 11 people. )
Guests staying in yellow do not count because they use guest rooms.
Once your schedule is decided,
Look at the calendar and let me know when you come to the Farm and when you leave.
However, it is a first-come, first-served basis and I want to know it as soon as possible.
I'm sorry if the reservation is full.
2, I can teach you agriculture that mixes traditional Japanese soil improvement and Masanobu Fukuoka's farming method.
However, I do not use seed balls, one of the features of Masanobu Fukuoka's farming method.
If you are not used to farming, your waist may be hurt.
but, we work together while helping each other, and there are various tasks, so we will try to reduce your burden.
Please help 5 hours a day from Monday to Friday.
We work two and a half hours from the start of work.
After a 30 minute tea break, work 2 hours.
5 hours in total.
After a tea break, one or two people (depending on the situation) prepare for lunch.
After lunch we all clean the house for 20 - 30 minutes. Since we use the house daily and want everyone’s living condition good and clean, cleaning is not included in volunteering time. Please cooperate.
The start time for work is usually from 8:00am.
June starts at 6:00am.
July, August and September start at 5:00am.
This is to reduce your burden during the hot season, so please cooperate.
If it rains in the morning, consult with everyone whether to use a raincoat, start in the afternoon or work on another day.
While you're at work, you can have a good time talking with the people you work with, but some people get slower or stop working.
If I determine that you are incompatible with the person you are working with, I will change your working position or ask for a different task.
If you encounter a problem that we can't handle, we may ask you to leave.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
3. It’s very important for you to get along with other Workawayers and Japanese staff.
Some of them don't speak English very well, so communication might turn out to be a hurdle.
(Most of the Japanese staff can speak English.)
You are expected to comply with rules and having common sense and respecting others is an absolutely must. We also cooperate with each other to do the house duties that are not included in the 5 hours such as cleaning, washing dishes and etc.
Cooking is done by staff and Workawayers altogether.
I hope you are OK with that.
4. If possible, bring working clothes (long trousers, long sleeve shirts, long boots, hat).
Especially, boots and spray(In summer, there are mosquitoes.) are important.
There are clothes and boots for rent. (They were donated by volunteers)
But I don't know if it fits your size.
5. Farming is not necessarily dangerous, but it can cause injury.We recommend that you take out Traveling Insurance.
6. Be initiative to keep the house and public area such as lounge, garage, kitchen, and lobby clean.
7. If you own a tent you can pitch that up during summer and early autumn. Let me know if you don’t mind staying in your own tent.
I'm not good at speaking English, so I use Google Translator.
I am motivated to learn English, but it seems I need time to improve.
Speaking slowly, I can understand a little English. However, if there is a word that I do not know, I use translation.
Even if I don't speak English, most of the Japanese staff speak English and can answer your questions.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
During your stay on the farm you will work and live with me and have the opportunity to increase your skills in farming and your Japanese language.
Also you will be staying in a traditional Japanese house, that can host several people at once, therefore you will have the chance to meet different kinds of people from all over the world.
I hope you can make lifelong friends.
￼Work is from Monday to Friday. For example, there is a fun way to go to Kansai, Hiroshima, and other Shikoku prefectures on Friday afternoon and return on Sunday.
Travel by cheap bus or hitchhike. You will be amazed by the simplicity and safety of hitchhiking.
Pick-up service is available at local hot springs.
Pick-up service is available for 3 or more people.
This service was started by past workaways negotiating with hot springs.
•Raise soil for new fields
•Plant new crops
•cooking lunch and dinner
•cleaning share house
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
Please contact them directly for more information.
You will stay with your fellow volunteers in a big traditional Japanese house, full of sliding screen doors, Japanese art, a kotatsu dining table and other treasures. You will sleep in a shared room. We have a large hot shower provided.
Blazing fast wi-fi is available throughout the house. There is also a large television.
English is generally spoken among volunteers. However, because other Japanese staff cannot speak much English, it is preferable for those who can speak a little Japanese, or those who are interested in studying the language.
Groceries are provided.
You have to make your own breakfast.
Lunch and Dinner will be prepared by work away staff together, so we will eat together, and we will clean up our dishes and a dining table together, like a family.
We also cooperate with each other to do the house duties that are not included on the 5 hours such as cleaning, washing dishes and etc.
If you want to stay for 2 weeks or less, please participate in daily cleaning, dishwashing, and garbage disposal. (Each work is shared in principle. KonMari method.)
You are expected to comply with rules and having common sense and respecting others is an absolutely must.
※We are looking for people who can do carpentery for tree house. (only one person.) If you can do it, please let me know!!
1,Q: Is there couple room?
A: There is couple room. It is on a first-come-first-served basis. So, you may need to share a room with other staying people.
2,Q: Please tell me about the foods of the shared house.
A: Every Saturday, Shiba does shopping.
And, There is a shopping list. You can write your order, if you want something. He will buy your order as much as possible.
Since fruits are expensive in Japan, other ingredients are given priority.
If you need something personal, such as alcohol or confectionery, please purchase it yourself.
4,Q: I don't have boots for farming. Sould i buy?
A: It is easy to rain in June and July. When it rains, it becomes easy to get dirt on the shoes. If you don't like it, please bring boots or shoes that you are okay with getting dirty. You can buy it near the farm. And there are currently 14 boots available for rent on the farm. Lending is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please refer to the following for the size. 21.5, 22.5x2, 23.5, 24.0x3, 25.0x3, 26.0, 27.5, 28.0, 30.5. Unit: Centimeter (As of December,2019)
5,Q: Do we have any events in our spare time?
A: There are no events because I usually work all day. Work away staff basically creates their own schedule around their spare time. hiking, cooking, traveling...etc.
I'll let you know if there are any recommended events i think you can enjoy.
To go here:
The easiest way is to use a bus stop.
● There are 18:57, 19:27 and 19:58 trains from Tokushima (Tokushima) station, and arrive at the school station at 19:47, 20:12 and 20:51 respectively.
One way is 560 yen.
The taxi fare from Gaku Station to the farm is 1620 yen.
● The Shikoku Kotsu Express Bus leaves Osaka at 17:30 and arrives at the Dosei Bus Stop at 20:39.
One way 3900 yen, round trip 7000 yen.
● Matsuyama Express departs from USJ 15:40, Osaka Station 16:25, Namba OCAT 16:40, Kobe Sannomiya 17:29, and arrives at the Dosei Bus Stop at 19:29.
From Kobe Sannomiya, it is 3500 yen one way, 6300 yen round trip. Other departures are at the same price as above.
● Departure of Kochi Express from Kyoto 18:10 arrives at Dosei Bus Stop 20:58.
4200 yen for one way, 7600 yen for round trip.
(As of December 11, 2019)
It takes about 1 hour on foot from the school station to the house and 2 hours from the Donari bus stop.
If you need to board, we will pick you up from the Gaku station or bus stop at Donari (after 7pm), but let me know as soon as possible. Unfortunately, due to busy schedules, this service can only be offered to those leaving for a minimum of two weeks.
If you need more information about getting here, just let me know!
If you like spending lots of time in nature, our place is for you! We are surrounded by lots of nature, so on your time off, you can go explore nature!!!
We don't have much public transportation where we live, but we can try to provide as much as possible. so feel free to let us know whatever you need and we can figure out how to make them happen !
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
This host can provide space for campervans.
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
5 hours/day, 5 days/week maximum
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