Come help, learn how to grow on an organic farm and Japanese way of life-Tokushima in Japan



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    Hello my name is Shiba, I live with my wife and my 3 years old daughter.

    The place where I live is Awa city in the prefecture of Tokushima where I own a small organic farm and have been farming for over 18 years now.

    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.

    On my farm I have one Japanese trainee who you will work along and live with. He is passionate about my dream of organic farming and the creation of a sustainable environment. Basically, he is working eight hours in one day. and, He is making a field schedule in contact with me every day.

    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, only 80% of the worlds agricultural lands are owned by small farmers, each with less than 2 hectors of land. But, 70% of the worlds food production is done by small farmers and are accountable to providing for half of the worlds population.

    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 were 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!

    Important Notes:

    1, Please refrain from abrupt visits. If there is no final contact one week before arrival, we will judge it as cancellation.

    2,We can't be held responsible for air tickets etc, purchased by yourself.

    3,Sometimes, we can advice on transportation for guests. However, the accuracy of the information and the official support as a company are not provided. The final decision is left to the guests.

    4,Japanese staff work until late afternoon from May to October(especially summer time), so it is sometimes difficult to make meals for everyone. Because work time and cooking time overlap. We hope your cooperation.

    5,We do not have other contact apps. So please use the Work away message.

    We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    During your stay on the farm you will work and live with Japanese trainee 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.

  • Help


    •Harvest vegetables
    •Cut weeds/grass
    •Raise soil for new fields
    •Plant new crops
    •Vegetable cultivation
    •cooking lunch and dinner
    •cleaning share house

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Japanese, a little English

  • Accommodation


    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.

    Groceries are provided. However, you have to make your own breakfast and lunch. Dinner will be prepared by work away staff together, so we will eat together!

    Blazing fast wi-fi is available throughout the house. There is also a large television.

    I may be available to pick you up at Gaku train station (on the Tokushima Line) upon arrival but it is subjected to my availability as well. If you need more information about getting here, just let me know!

    English is generally spoken among volunteers. However, because other Japanese staffs cannot speak much English, it is preferable for those who can speak a little Japanese, or those who are interested in studying the language.

    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 on the 5 hours such as cleaning, washing dishes and etc.

    ※We are looking for people who can do carpenters 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 but, when some couples already stay here, you need to sharing room with each other couples.

    2,Q: I don't have boots for farming. Sould i buy?
    A: Yes, please buy the boots as much as possible.
    Just in case, we can lend some boots. but, japanese boots are very small.
    Thank you for understanding and cooperation.

    3,Q: Do we have any events in our spare time?
    A: There is no events. Because, Japanese staff usually work for all day.
    Work away staff basically creates their own time about other spare time. hiking, cooking, traveling...etc.

    4,Q: How many people can stay in a shared house?
    A: The maximum is 10-12 people.
    However, We usually live in around six to seven people.

    5,Q: Please tell me about the foods of the shared house.
    A: Every Saturday, Shiba and the trainee are shopping.
    And, There is shopping list. You can write your order, if you want something.
    We will buy your order as much as possible.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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!!!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days/week maximum

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