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無農薬田んぼの稲刈りを南魚沼で・・10月13-14日(台風で1日延期しました)

Harvest Organic Rice by Sickles, Oct 13-14, at Minami-Uonuma

 新潟県南魚沼市栃窪集落の絶景の棚田では、無農薬で栽培しているコシヒカリが、立派な穂を揺らすようになりました。8月中旬以降の日照不足でやや成育は遅れ気味ですが、田んぼは見事に黄色くなってきました。台風の影響で10月13-14日に稲刈りをします。

In the rice paddies in Tochikubo village, Minami-Uonuma, Niigata, which is the heartland of famous Koshi-Hikari-Rice, ears of rice are getting ripped. With less sun shines since mid-August, the progress is bit late but rice paddies are now having beautiful yellowish color. We will conduct harvesting workshop on 13-14 Oct.

【参加費=台風対応で半額にしました】5,000円(プログラム費、2日目昼食、保険料)学生半額、エコプラス会員2割引。小学生以下の子どもは保険料、昼食の実費のみ。栃窪の集落営農組織「パノラマ農産」の棚田オーナーは、参加費実費のみ。
【場所】新潟県南魚沼市栃窪集落
 集合(13日正午)、解散時間(14日午後2時過ぎ)にあわせて最寄りのJR上越線塩沢駅まで送迎いたします。
【宿泊】地元の温泉民宿 7,500 円(1泊2食、温泉付き、男女別相部屋)
【特典】秋に収穫したコメをおひとり2kg贈呈。

Program Fee including lunch on day 2 and insurance; 5,000 JPY. Student discount, 50%; Children under 6 years old, lunch fee and insurance only.
Gathering spot; JR Shiozawa Station of Joetsu Line
Accommodations; Local Inn, dormitory rooms male/female separated; 7.500 JPY including dinner/breakfast
Compliment; 2 kg of harvested rice after sun-dried process.

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20 people enjoyed the culture and life in Tochikubo at the “ABC in a rice paddy” program.

A total of 20 people, including company workers, students, and families from various countries,visited Tochikubo, Niigata Prefecture from Tokyo metropolitan area. They enjoyed walking around the area and rice planting over the weekend.
The holiday agricultural project, ABC in a rice paddy, was held on 21 and 22 of May. It is a series of programs throughout the year, and this time, the first occasion of the year, was about rice planting.
On the first day, participants went for a walk in Tochikubo area with a villager, FUEKI Akira. From the centre of village to the top of Mt Taru, 736m, they enjoyed encounters with varieties of mountain vegetables and some rare wildlife. Although it was summer-like hot, they managed to reach the peak and one participant said \”When I stood at the top and saw how far we have come, I felt that I had achieved something\”.
After coming back from the mountain, they had a lecture and learned about the different types of rice seedlings, process of rice farming without any chemicals and pesticides, history and current challenges of rice farming in Tochikubo.

 

A snap from bird watching session in the early morning. Local children also joined it and enjoyed together.
A snap from bird watching session in the early morning. Local children also joined it and enjoyed together.

On the second day, early in the morning, most participants and some locals joined a bird watching session by FUKASAWA Kazuki. Despite of poor visibility due to mist and rain, his knowledge helped participants have a great time. At the very moment he talked about the sound of rare bird species, Akashobin (ruddy kingfisher), participants actually heard it. Whenever someone or Fukasawa found wildlife such as frogs, salamanders, and insects in the water, he provided an instant lecture about the features and ecosystem of them.
Rice planting began, having waited for the rain to calm down. It was well-supported by locals as participants learned a traditional way to band rice plants with straws, and planted them. They went into a rice paddy together with baskets filled with bunches of rice seedlings.

 

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After rice planting. People from various countries participated in the program.

At lunch time, a group formed by local women called \”Kaachanz\” (Team-mothers) served miso soup with lots of local vegetables and dried fish. Everyone appreciated the soup as it warmed up their cold body from inside. Many people went into the kitchen to have the second of the miso soup.
Participants continued planting rice in the afternoon, and managed to finish the whole paddy around 2:30. They got a compliment from a local person on how straight they could plant.
Thanks to the knowledge and skills of local people, ABC in a rice paddy in 2011 has been kicked off!