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Hello my name is Shiba, I live with my wife and my 4 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.
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 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!
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Cooking / shopping
Help in 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.
•Raise soil for new fields
•Plant new crops
•cooking lunch and dinner
•cleaning share house
Japanese, a little English
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. 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.
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, if you arrive after 19:00 on weekdays, although it is depending on the schedule of the day.
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 does shopping.
And, There is shopping list. You can write your order, if you want something.
We will buy your order as much as possible.
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!!!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours/day, 5 days/week maximum
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