A WWOOFer from USA

I just wanted to tell you about a good experience I had at at farm in Wakayama. Host #2359. Apart from being treated well, it was the most fun experience I had WWOOFing in Japan. One day, we finished early and we went to the beach. That was a real treat since i never swam in the Pacific Ocean before. I will tell you that it is hard to make me laugh, but this guy and his staff sure knew how to make a good time. While I was there, I learned to live healthly and economically. i always thought you had to spend a lot of money to be healthy. but I learned to you can be frugal and healthy. If you are in Kansai, pay him a visit. You will learn how to live. That is the power of WWOOFing.
Andre

Le Culture Du WWOOFing (in French)

To WWOOF Japan
Dear Friends
I am a French Wwoof host located in Normandy  receiving often Japanese Wwoofers.
Recently a journalist came to our farm to report about Wwoofing.
Here is his reportage, release in the local newspaper.
If you ever need a translation in Japanese, Tomomi will be happy to send it to you
Kind regards
Gabriel


I learned to make a free-range worm farm

I learned to make a free-range worm farm.  Here is how to do it.
 
You will need: a piece of ground for a little garden bed, a metre-long  
piece of 225mm stormwater pipe or a couple of old 20-litre plastic  
drums, a power saw or hacksaw, a drill, a 25 to 50mm hole saw,  
a spade, a large plant saucer to fit the end of the pipe, some organic  
mulch and 2000 compost worms (Red Manure worms or Tiger worms).
 
1 Find a spot quite near the kitchen door with some soil and
enough space for a garden bed, say 1.5m square at least.  
2 Lay out a garden bed with edging and a deep hole in the middle
for the worm tube to go into. Keep some of the soil.
3 Take your piece of stormwater pipe, or cut the bottoms out  
of two plastic drums and glue them together.
4 Drill a lot of large holes (about the size of a 50c piece)  
all around one end of the pipe, covering the bottom 40cm.
5 Bury the holey end of the pipe in the hole in the middle of  
your garden bed, so the holes are below ground level.  
6 Half-fill the inside of the bottom of the pipe with soil. Leave
room for kitchen scraps to fill it up level with the outside soil.
7 Get your mulch and your worms ready. Water the whole area
well, and then scatter your worms around outside the tube.  
8 Quickly mulch all around the tube, covering the worms up.  
9 Now pour a bucketful of kitchen scraps into the worm tube.
Add a layer of mulch on top to keep the scraps moist.  
10 Cover the open end of the worm tube with  
the big saucer and fill the saucer with water  
to act as a bird bath. Birds will help your  
garden by eating up pests.  
11 Mulch all over the rest of your little garden  
bed, and plant into it whatever will do well in  
the position you’ve chosen.  
12 Keep adding food scraps to the worm tube to  
keep your worms well fed. Add enough water  
to keep the tube moist (not wet). The worms  
will breed up to the right number for the area.  
They will aerate your soil, eat up all your food  
scraps and turn them into the best fertiliser  
and plant food you can get. Worm castings  
have great water-holding properties too.  





Worm farms provide you with many benefits:  
Your soil is aerated and fertilised by the worms adding their castings to it and enriching it.  
Your plants will be stronger and more resistant to disease as the richer environment strengthens them.  
No waste: keep your scraps and make richer soil out of them. (No need to have a smelly dustbin.)  
Easy livestock to care for: feed extra, including soaked newspaper, if you’re going on holiday.
The worms provide food for your quails and hens.  What to feed your compost worms.  Worms will eat anything
that once lived. They are not too keen on lots of acidic stuff though, as it burns their skin.  
They like alkalinity, so add a sprinkling of lime to their scraps. Tomatoes and citrus are not their favourite thing, but they can manage if they don’t get too much at once.  They’ll eat up all the bits that would otherwise go
smelly in the dustbin, like  
~ vegetable peelings
~ leftover pizza  
~ rotten veg and fruit
~ old flower heads
and as well  
~ vacuum cleaner dust
~ old cotton rags
~ hair off your brush
and lots of other stuff.  You may decide against feeding them meat and fat as these can bring blowflies.  
What you can plant in the garden bed.  There will be good levels of nitrogen in the bed, so if the sunlight is right
you can plant annual herbs like parsley, coriander, dill and basil. Also salad.

From Kate, Cottesloe, Western Australia

A postcard from a WWOOFer named Kate, from WA, Australia. We've scanned the message Kate kindly wrote, and the photo that was on the postcard she sent.
Thanks Kate!

About hosts?

  


From: "" <>
Date: 2007年7月23日 17:14:19:JST
To: <>
Subject: Re: Debbie      Re: WWOOF Japan: Host Rules



Dear WWOOF Japan

Thank you for such a comprehensive reply and explanation of how
WWOOF Japan monitors both WWOOF and host.

Your organisation is impressive and we will be in contact closer to
the date we anticipate WWOOFing in Japan to pay our membership.

Kind regards
Debbie



Quoting WWOOF Japan <> on Sat, 21 Jul 2007
06:50:27 +0900:


Dear Debbie,

Thank you for your mail.  We work closely with all
our hosts to see
that they understand and practice, that they must
work to see that
WWOOFers are happy and have meaningful learning
experiences while
WWOOFing at their place.   All hosts report to us
monthly about the
individual WWOOFers they have had and plan to have
next month, the
work the WWOOFers did, any problems experienced,
and more.  This
degree of attention to detail is unheard of in
most other WWOOF
organisations, many organisations are in contact
with their hosts
just once a year to take payment from them, and if
there are
complaints.   We do have rules and criteria for
hosts and we are
monitoring hosts on a monthly basis.   The
explanation we have on
each hosts is comprehensive, some up to one page
long.   You can see
some of this degree of detail in the Preview
Section of our
website.   Having this much detail will help you
the WWOOFer know a
lot about the place you are going to.  Many other
WWOOF organisations
have just a few lines, a phone number, name and
address.


Please have a look at our website at
http://www.wwoofjapan.com and
see information on what a WWOOF Japan membership
will give you.   We
have hundreds of hosts all over Japan and are
adding new hosts each
week.  And our hosts represent a rich diversity of
experience and
adventure, examples of some of those being,
organic farming, health
and healing centers, pottery and arts, building
and restoring
traditional homesteads, timber working places,
organic restaruants,
martial arts, dealing with animals, Japanese tea
house, pension in
ski fields area, eco village, brewing and
production of foods,
fishing, bee keeping, nature guide centre, centers
for the
environment, sea kayaking, and more.

You can view a preview of our hosts on our
website.  You can join and
pay online via our website.    You can join now
and get full
membership details now, but stipulate a date in
the future of your
choice from when you want your membership period
to begin, and
thereby have time to write to places that you
think you might like,
to make plans before your membership period
begins.  Members have
access to bilingual forms (English and Japanese)
to use to contact
hosts.

Regarding visas, most people from overseas come
WWOOFing in Japan
using a normal tourist visa.  WWOOFing is a means
of travel allowing
members to meet local people and experience and
learn local
lifestyles.  You must NOT join WWOOF with a view
to get work, get a
visa, earn money, and the like.   Neither the
WWOOF Japan office, nor
our hosts can assist in any way regarding visa
matters.

Even if you are just wanting a means to network
with people in Japan,
or think you might use WWOOF for just a day or
two, or are planning
to stay in cities mostly, or only until you make
other plans, you
might consider joining in order to network and
learn of resources and
opportunities, to find places to stay while
traveling between cities,
you might find a ride from one place to another
though one of our
hosts, etc.   Most hosts will pick up WWOOFers
from nearby public
transport and we do have hosts close to cities,
Tokyo for example.
Realize that it costs just 5,500 yen to join us
for one whole year -
that's about 55 US dollars, 68 Australian,  40
Euros which is the
cost of a pizza in Japan, just one night at a
pension.   And in terms
of finding access to longer term resources,
learning language, the
culture, food production, cooking and other things
Japanese in Japan
there can be few better situations than living
with a Japanese family
who are likely to take a personal interest in your
aspirations.   Ask
yourself to what extent will you have genuine and
meaningful
experiences in Tokyo or Osaka amongst the
MacDonalds burger joints
and tourist traps with a million other lost
foreign travelers.  If
you spend even just a day or two WWOOFing it would
be the best 55 US
dollars you would have spent on your travels.

To help us find your mail in the hundreds of SPAM
mail we get each
day, write your name and WWOOF Japan in the
Subject of your e-mail;
Ie.  "Tom Smith to WWOOF Japan".   If you don't
want to write you
name, then at least write the words "WWOOF Japan".
 As you will by
now know, we at the WWOOF Japan office conduct all
communications
with WWOOFers and Hosts via e-mail, and we do not
use the telephone.

Please let us know if you require any other
information or support.
Cheers,
WWOOF Japan
++++Get below the veneer of tourism & away from
your daily
grind and have genuine experiences with life in
Japan++++


WWOOF Japan team
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http://www.wwoofjapan.com
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On 21/07/2007, at 12:11 AM, Debbie wrote:


This is an enquiry e-mail via

http://www.wwoofjapan.com/main from:

Debbie <>

Hi WWOOF Japan
Thanks for such an informative web site.  We

have WWOOFed at approx

13 farms in Central and South America and

Europe.  We understand

the necessity for the WWOOF rules and are happy

to abide by them.

However, it has been our experience that the

hosts do not sometimes

describe their farm or work accurately.   This

can lead to

confusion when WWOOFers are asked to help with

non farm

activities.  Do you have rules for hosts or how

do you manage hosts

who are just looking for free labour ?  We are

keen to have a

learning experience that is two way.
Appreciate your advice
Thanks and regards
Debbie






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