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We are no longer accepting WWOOf applications for the 2019 growing season. We recommend you write a descriptive introductory email about your interest in farming and food production when first making contact with us. A bit more about us...we follow a strict vegan diet, you will be mostly weeding, other tasks will depend on individual strengths and interests. Please understand we are a long 1.5 hours away from Kyoto City by bus in a quiet, very isolated, rural area. Its best if you are not afraid of snakes, spiders, rain, getting dirty, a rustic lifestyle, and serious physical farm work. We expect WWOOFers to help in all areas of farm living like doing dishes, making a fire for the bath, house work, chopping wood, etc. We work, live and eat together. Please understand that we are passionate about what we do and pretty much only talk about farming, so we hope you do, too :) Our farm is best suited for serious learners interested in intensive, small-scale organic farming and vegetable production in Japan, coupled with a rustic lifestyle. We would never refuse a gift of almond butter (or other nut butter). Just saying... :) Oh, I'm sorry in advance for my slow replies!

PROFILE

25990
7
Kansai area
Kyoto
京都市 Keihoku
Keihoku, Kyoto

  • Vegetable farm
  • General farm (grow various kinds of plants)
  • Vegetable gardens
  • Place for Yoga
Zenryu is also a Zen Buddhist Monk, and is happy to share his teachings as a practitioner with those interested in learning. Ava is also an elementary school teacher.
Activities that the Host often does at their place, and things that are often available in the area surrounding the Host that WWOOFers might be able to learn about and experience.

Note, the availability of these activities and experiences may depend on circumstances, the time of year, the season, etc.

  • Knowledge of general farming
  • General organic farming
  • Permaculture
  • Biodynamics
  • Sustainable farming
  • Companion plants
  • Small scale, large variety farming
  • Vegetable farming
  • Herb growing
  • Production of non genetically modified foods
  • Eco farming
  • Using your own seeds
  • Worm compost
  • Eating brown rice & vegetables
  • Making Japanese pickles
  • Yoga
  • Zen
  • Fasting

  • 100% organic

No

We are alternative people, and live an organic mentality
For example: we do our best to minimize the garbage we produce, we do not eat at fast food restaurants, we do not watch TV, we volunteer a lot, we do not smoke, we recycle as much as possible, etc.
We are a vegan household, and are health-conscious people. We offer Zen meditation and Yoga instruction to the local community on Sundays. Although we are not certified organic, we follow organic standards carefully and continually explore permaculture, companion planting, and biodynamic practices. We save many of our own seed varieties, over 35 varieties and counting...We do not have a TV but we do have WIFI. You need your own device. We like to swim and nap in our spare time. Our days are full with harvest, garden work, eating together, cooking, making the wood-fired bath, and napping. Expect full days living this rustic lifestyle. We work hard but rest a lot, too.

We do not use eggs or dairy products, We put great effort into how to cook and what to eat, We cook various international meals, We sometimes cook Asian types of food, We sometimes cook Western types of food, Two big meals a day, Our own grown vegetables generally, We always cook homemade meals
No, nobody smokes
We drink and if WWOOFers like drinking, we may have opportunities to drink sometimes

Our home and our workplace are situated at the same place or very close to each other and so the atmosphere stated pertains to both our home and our workplace
  • Rural area
  • In the mountains
  • In a tiny village in a mountain area
  • Farming area
  • Outside the town
  • Near the mountains
  • Very quiet
within 0.5 ha (50 a)

Large house, Two story house, A house that we use both as our home and as a shop, or office, etc., Typical farm house
The average temperature in the daytime (centigrade)
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35
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5

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But if you have a pet we might be able to accommodate you. Just ask.

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

4 ~ 7 days, 8 ~ 10 Days, A few weeks, The period will be determined depending on our workload, The first 1 to 3 days will be a trial period. If we feel that the WWOOFer is not suited to our place, our work and the people we are, then we ask them to leave., If WWOOFers want to stay for a long period, after about a one week trial period, we decide if the WWOOFer is suited to our place and whether we will ask him or her to stay longer
We welcome one WWOOFer at a time, and a few WWOOFers too can stay with us simultaneously

20 to 50
It is not possible

No conditions. If we do not have other WWOOFers or other WWOOFer reservations, we welcome all WWOOFers, We welcome all nationalities, WWOOFers who are planning to be a farmer, WWOOFers who want to learn farming skills, WWOOFers who want to try organic farming, WWOOFers who are interested in farming, WWOOFers who like nature, WWOOFers who are interested in environmental issues, WWOOFers who are interested in living in a rural area, WWOOFers who are interested in food, WWOOFers who can stand hard work, WWOOFers who can work alone

General farming, Weeding, Gathering grass, Seeding, Planting seedlings in the ground, Harvesting, Watering, Chopping wood, Packing, Supporting deliveries, Cleaning, Washing the dishes, General housework, Making a bath using wood for fuel.

We are trying to give WWOOFers 6 hours a day, however, it may increase or decrease depending on the work

In a room in the house where the Host family live, Using a Japanese futon, One room for one person
Normally WWOOFers fix breakfast for themselves using ingredients we give them. We have lunch and dinner together
Vegan only

  • We can cook for even Vegans

Absolutely NOT!
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It depends on the working situation, however, we usually have time to communicate with WWOOFers

No, WWOOFers do not need to speak Japanese
What languages are spoken at this Host
Yes
Advanced level
Yes
Advanced level
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In addition to the above information, anything you wish to express to WWOOFers viewing your profile
We are a relatively new organic vegetable farm in Kyoto, having moved here in 2011. We have a collective 17 years of farming experience in both Japan and Canada. Zenryu is a Japanese native, and Ava is from Canada. It takes time to adjust to new climates, pest pressures and local techniques. We appreciate your patience as we learn local ways. Applicants are encouraged to express their experience and interest in farming and Organic food production in their initial letter. We live, eat and breathe an organic lifestyle and are passionate about what we do. Subsequently, we work long days during the summer to make our living. Couple this with a rustic lifestyle and we have found that some wwoofers find our days quite long, with other farm life chores to do in the evening like making a fire, doing the dishes, etc. Our farm is best suited to serious organic farming enthusiasts, eager to learn alongside us and live our rustic lifestyle. We are always eager to work with farmer-types! Like in any volunteer opportunity, especially farms, we recommend you update your tetanus vaccination before WWOOFing anywhere.
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