It’s called “Handmade Shochu Can Project”, though its usual name is “Potato Shochu Project”.
In cooperation with local farmers as well as urban residents the project uses abandoned land in Joyo, Yame-shi.
The Shochu made from sweet potatoes planted in June 2010 and harvested in November (you can find the – Japanese – report here) is now riped. The sale is expected to start in September.
As the depopulation of the mountainous area of Joyo progresses, the elderly live in uncertainty if they can maintain their future life (daily shopping, medical treatment etc). The proceeds of the Shochu sale will go to the Joyo Wealth Fund. This fund is to support the people in the depopulation zone in leading a stable and peaceful life.
We are looking forward to the soon start of our Shochu sale!
Further the period of the potato planting will be done on Sun. 06/19!
We are looking for volunteers to help, so if you would like to support us with your work please contact the Groundwork Fukuoka secretariat.
It really feels good to be at the top of the mountain on the fields!
(written by Kaori
translated by Sonja)