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

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(Intern report) Peas again

On 6th February, We, Groundwork Fukuoka, went to Umi once again, but this time not only to do some Fieldwork.

We left the office at 9:30am, on the way to Umi we picked up a member of NPO Green caravan. When we arrived, it was around 10:15am, first we went to a volunteer center named Fumirapo. There we meet with to other people of Green caravan and some members of NPO Yokatai. Also some other people came to there.

We had arranged a lecture meeting about the influence of nutrition to the life and the importance of healthy eating. While we listen to the lecture, it began to snow.

After the lecture, Green caravan and Groundwork Fukuoka went to the same restaurant where I had been with Kana-san last week. This restaurant is run by NPO Yokatai. Again the food was very delicious and after finishing the lunch, we finally went to the field. It was still snowing and we began to build a growth support for the peas additional to the snow there was also a strong wind blowing over the field. We were 9 people working on the field, but after we had finished half the work we had to stop, because it was getting to cold. In the end we had built the framework of both rows.framework

We drove back to Fumirapo to warm up and to decide what will be planted next year. We wrote our proposals on a sheet which got attach at a whiteboard. Thenwe decide which plants should we grow.

In the end we decided to grow potatoes, tomatoes, edamame (green soybeans), taro (colocasia esculenta), pumpkins, wild rice and oriental pickling melons, this is a special melon which is not sweet.

In the end it was also a very nice day, despite of the cold weather and the snow. I think we will finish our work on the field next week and I am really looking forward to it.

Written by Maximilian Grunow

Intern report: Herb garden

Once again Groundwork Fukuoka went to the “Fukuoka Shikaku Tokubetsu Shien School”, a school for blind and visually impaired children, to care for the schools herb garden. But it was not only the staff of Groundwork Fukuoka I went with. Arriving at the school, 7 members of the NPO Green caravan and 3 members of Groundwork Fukuoka already waited to lend their hands with the work in the garden. We started work at around 10o’clock and finished at 2 p.m.

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Arriving at 10o’clock, the sun shined and it looked like it would gonna be an awesome weather to do some work in the garden. But as fast as one noticed the nice weather, as fast it started to rain. All day long the weather switched between short parts of heavy rain and nice sunshine. Once one got used to the rain it was a comfortable day to work.

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The extremely high grass was first to be cut by 4 people while the others where supposed to remove the weed from the flowers and plants. It was a hard work sometimes since the weed’s roots used to stick deep in the ground.

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After mowing, the freshly cut grass was pulled together and removed from the garden. Meanwhile, one of the volunteers searched for the best reed to create a curtain for the sitting corner. It looked very good in the end.

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In the end it was an awesome day on which everyone had fun and was glad to be able to help. The result of our work did it’s best to motivate for the next time. Therefore it was nice to feel a bit tired at then end, knowing for what one had worked.

written by Daniel