Enjoy and eat wild edible spring vegetables in Asakura Kurokawa!

Spring has arrived! Plenty of wild edible vegetables such as bamboo shoots, cod, parsley, aralia, bracken, butterbur, etc. start budding on the hills and fields. We look forward to exchange experiences with local people in the Miyazono district of Asakura Kurokawa via picking and cooking wild vegetables together. Under the guidance of the local people we will explore the beautiful countryside. Also in the third realization of this event, we will make again Italian dishes like wild boar and dear with the harvested plants with the food coordinator Kanetaka Aishi. Please feel free to join us

  • Time:                                Saturday 9th of April  2016 (even by light rain)
  • Entrance fee:
    • Adult 2000 ¥ (including meal)
    • Junior High School Student or lower 1000 ¥ (including meal)
    • Children below 3 years are free of charge
  • Meeting place:              Miyazono contact center (Asakura City Kurokawa 1144)
  • Clothing:                        Please wear long sleeves, long pants and comfortable shoes                                         (Suitable clothes for outdoor activities in the nature)
  • Schedule:
    • 9:45       Gathering at the local meeting place
    • 10:00     Opening
      •                 searching and digging for wild vegetable and bamboo shoots
      •                 preparation for lunch
    • 12:30     Lunch
    • 14:00     End of event (after cleaning up)

Image of Asakura kurokawa event flyer

 

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Notification of the 17th Flowerpot planting Activity

From 1996 until 2010 the non-profit organization Groundwork Fukuoka conducted the “Harmonious Relationship between Nature and People – Flowerpot planting Activity”. After the reopening of this specific event in autumn 2015, it was decided to hold the activity this year on Sunday the 16th of April.  Together with several volunteers among the organization/community and the help from some schools, we will raise seedlings of flowers which will be spread and planted around the town afterwards to brightly decorate the area. Through this activity we give you an opportunity to spread and share the same feeling for a barrier-free society among the community by creating a human-nature relationship.

Date and time:  Sunday the 16th of April 2016

Reception: 9:30 a.m.          Start: 10:00 a.m.              End: 12:30 p.m.

Please be aware that the activity might take longer than anticipated.

Location:             Western parking lot at the flower gardening park

(Fukuoka Kashiwabara 7-chome 571-1)

Please refer to the flyer below for more information.

Organizer:          NPO Groundwork Fukuoka

Co-Host:             NPO Green Caravan

Support:             Panasonic System Network Co., LTD

April 16th flyer

Intern Report: Umi Freai Farm Event

On Sunday 13th Groundwork Fukuoka held their monthly event in the town Umi. Unlike one week before, when the event first should have been held, the foreshadowed rain didn´t occurred at all which was quite in our favor.

The small town is a bit outside of Fukuoka so we had to go there by car. First we went to the private house of a member of Groundwork, where we picked up all the necessary materials like shovel, pickaxe, seeds, flower soil etc. After that we unloaded and prepared everything for the event at the field site. About 9:30 o´clock, when everything was prepared and ready, 15 people in total gathered and took part this time.

At first we started with removing the weed from the potato bed. Afterwards we put flower soil and seeds into small plant pots which then were poured with water to help them grow over the next few weeks. In the meantime somebody strew lime fertilizer over some part of the vegetable patch while I mixed it with the soil, which was done to prepare the bed for the next farming. At last we planted a lot of flowers called Livingstone Daisy which were prepared the last time, in front of the wall next to the field. I am really looking forward to see how they will grow over the next few months.

Summarizing, the event made a lot of fun and everybody enjoyed themselves. All the tasks were done pretty fast because everybody was motivated and helped each other. Therefore we were done about launch time and after cleaning up together everybody went back home.

 

Written by Marcel

Intern Report: Miso Event

On Saturday 12th Groundwork Fukuoka held the Miso event in Yame-city. It takes about 1 hour by car from Fukuoka to the village, so we had to leave quite early in the morning.

The event took place in an old elementary school building, which was closed due to the small amount of children in the village. Therefore we were able to use the facility for our event. Around 9 o´clock about 20 people from all ages (children, elderly) gathered to participate in the event. Together we started cooking our own lunch.

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First we started with cleaning all the kitchen utensils, which we brought ourselves, followed by cutting all the different ingredients for our meal into small pieces. In the beginning the grownups showed the young children and me how to cut the vegetables into the right size and afterwards it was our turn to do so. In the meantime some other children learned how to wash rice and put it into the rice cooker.

During waiting for the rice to be cooked, one elderly woman explained and showed us how the Miso (soybean paste) for the soup is made. This paste was put into the boiling pot as the last ingredient which gave the soup the good taste for what it is known in Japan.

味噌開き20160312-37_RShortly before lunch we took the cooked rice and formed the famous rice balls called Onigiri. This is done by dipping both hands into water with salt and then forming the rice with a special hand grip into their triangular form. I also gave it a try but have to admit it is much more difficult as it looks like. My first attempts ended in round circles which made everybody laugh. Nevertheless I didn´t give up and at the end I kind of figured out how to make an Onigiri that could be recognized as one.

After finishing making Onigiris, we laid the table and ate together our own cooked meal. It was very delicious and everybody ate a lot. After lunch we grownups started to clean up while the kids were having fun by playing football. About 2 o´clock the event was over and everybody went back home.

All in all everybody had a great time. Especially I really enjoyed myself and it was really interesting to see and experience how a traditional Japanese food is cooked.

 

Written by Marcel

Notification regarding Umi Freai Farm Event

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Groundwork Fukuoka will hold the Umi Freai Farm Event on March 13th.The event was first set to take place on 6th of March but had to be postponed due to heavy rain.

On this Sunday, we are going to plant potatoes and herb seeds. The grown potatoes will then be harvested in June. Herbs are used as companion plants to assist the growth of several summer vegetables.

According to the weather forecast, it might rain this Sunday again but the event will only be canceled in case of heavy rain. Please feel free to join us!

Written by Dozono