Tranlogue will host a workshop of rice planting in the style like WWOOF in Chiba, Japan.
In our workshop which goes in the 9th year, we continue to succeed raising rice with pesticide-free production and 100% organic fertilizer by hand work despite being considered impossible before starting the workshop.
You must join us if you are interested in Japanese culture, people and traditional planting.
For more information, please feel free to email us with any questions you may have. (email@example.com)
Photos of last year's workshop.
photo: MANABU Yamaguchi + tranlogue associates
Rice planting experience, conservation and regeneration of Satoyama (A border zone or area between mountain foothills and arable flat land), cultural exchange between city and country.
Sun. 30 April, 2017
Start around at 10:30 AM (It is going to be postponed till the next day in case of heavy rain)
Mutsuzawa-machi (Mutsuzawa town), Chosei-gun (Chosei district), Chiba prefecture, Japan.
The Closest station: Kazusa-Ichinomiya Station on Sotobo Line (1 hour from Tokyo station by the limited express "Wakasio").
Free [based on the style like WWOOF (*1)]
*Qualification for participation
As a general rule, people aged 10 or above can participate in this workshop with participants' safety in mind.
*Content of work
Rice planting by hand work.
*What to wear
Please wear tight and soft high rubber boots (for rice planting) with shorts. Or wear two or three layers of socks not to get injured by stepping on a small branch and others. If wearing layered socks, please prepare grippy sole sandals for walking around a rice paddy. Please note that cloths and shoes will be likely to get dirty with mud. You would be better off bring extra cloths just in case.
*What to bring
Cup, fork, knife, chopsticks, plate etc.
*Change or cancel of the schedule
The schedule of this workshop is subject to change or cancel with unavoidable circumstances such as bad weather, etc.
*Application and enquiry
Please apply by Mon. 24 April, 2017
(*1) Tranlogue holds workshops in the style like WWOOF. This is mutual cooperation system. We offer participants the know-how for the farm work with pesticide-free production and 100% organic fertilizer, and give meals and drink in exchange for farm working by participants.
(*) We enjoy working in two to four hours with some breaks in this workshop.
You can see previous workshops on the following pages.
Let's learn rice planting in advance!
A length of rice seedling is about 20 cm.
Plant five rice seedlings at a spot.
Some textbooks instruct to plant three at a spot. But we make it a practice to plant five so as to avoid failure.
Plant rice seedlings in a depth of 5 cm (the length of second joint of a finger) under the soil holding base of seedlings.
Good example: Make a bundle of seedlings and plant vertically.
If most part of a leaf is out of water, rice plants can grow faster by getting lots of sunlight.
Bad example: Scattered seedlings are lodged by wind or water wave.
If seedlings grow at a tilt, they become an encumbrance to getting rid of weeds.
Bad example: Must not plant most part of seedlings under the soil.
Rice plants grow extremely slowly or die if seedlings are planted deeper than the depth of their root and lower part of stalk under the soil.