The event will be held on the 1st of May. The onions, which we planted in last year’s autumn, have finally reached their time to be harvested. After performing the field activities in the first hour, we will make a cultivation plan about which vegetables we are going to plant this year at the meeting place in Shoujidake. Afterwards, we will have lunch together where we are going to make use of our freshly harvested onions. Please sign up in advance if you want to participate.
Date and Time: Sunday 1st of May 2016 from approximately 10:00 to 13:00 o´clock. The event will take place regardless of the weather.
Location: Umi Freai Farm (Kasuya District Umi-town Shoujidake south 2-chome,15)
Fee: 300 Yen (children are free) – includes food and organizational expenses
Subjects: harvesting onions taking care of other vegetables (covering with earth, removing buds) making a ridge and planting summer vegetables creating a cultivation calendar for the upcoming year
On Saturday 16th of April, Groundwork Fukuoka held the 17th Flowerpot planting Activity which was conducted in 1996. On that day we started quite early in the morning to prepare everything until the event starts. We expected about 100 participants this year so there were a lot of things to do beforehand. Therefore we brought most of the necessary stuff we needed to the flower gardening park the day before, so that we only had to setup everything on the next day.
At 9:30 a.m. the people started gathering and after everyone was done with the accreditation, the event began prompt at 10 o´clock. It started off with welcoming the people and thanking them for participating. Furthermore a little instruction was given so that everybody knew how the course of the activity looks like. Then all the participants started to re-pot the seedlings one by one which were carefully grown by Midori no Machizukuri no Kai in Koga city.
During this time I helped to provide for everyone’s needs and arranged the re-potted seedlings by flower type and the participant’s group name. At approximately 12:30 o´clock all the seedlings were planted into new pots. It was surprisingly how fast and what volume of work can be achieved by working together. About 7000 pots in total were made. After thanking them for participating and for their great work the event was officially over and everybody searched for their name tags to take home the amount of planted seedlings they ordered. When everybody was done and left, we started to clean up the place.
All in all, the entire event was a success. The activity was accompanied by a sunny weather and everyone had a great time. Consequently the meaning of this activity to connect people by gardening and planting together and learn to understand and accept each other was definitely conveyed.
Written by Marcel
This week on Sunday, Groundwork Fukuoka will hold the first Umi Freia Farm Event of this year’s fiscal year. This event is a place where it gives you an opportunity for a multigenerational exchange (from children to adults) through various farm activities. While learning from each other we grow vegetables with organic pesticide and non-chemical fertilizer. Why aren´t you coming and enjoying the field activities together with us?
Date and Time: Sunday 3rd of April
Location: Umi Freai Farm (Kasuya District Umi-town Shoujidake south 2-chome, 15)
Access: Just a few steps from the Nishitetsu “Shoujidake” bus stop
Subject: planting of spring vegetables
To bring with: towel, something to drink and motivation to work
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)
- 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)
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