Volunteers will 1) join the farm work (weeding and harvest in the vegetable, corn and Japanese noodle fields) and other community work especially cooking, 2) do some work that is hardly done by the daily work of the community with the supervision of the specialists (last year, it was maintenance of pasture) and possibly 3) help to prepare/ run the harvest festival.
The community (female and male are separated). Meals will be cooked by volunteers together with the community people by turns. Sleeping bag is necessary.
Shintoku town is an agricultural country side with big scale of nature and farms, at the foot of “Mt. Milk” and located in the center of Hokkaido island, near Obihiro and 120 km east of Sapporo. -20 degree in winter and 20 in summer.
This workcamp has been organized with Kyodo Gakusha since 1998, a cooperative community where about people with various backgrounds such as mentally disadvantaged, people who are tired of city life, who wants to learn farming, just want to live in the nature, etc. They have 5 communities in Tokyo, Nagano and Hokkaido and grow animals and vegetables in ecological, organic way with utilizing bacterium and charcoal. Shintoku farm has 60 ha of land and 60 inhabitants including children. Their cheese got the 1st prize in the global contest and highly appreciated by the French President at the G8 Summit 2008! Volunteers will join and empower their great practice and share the spirit.
Interest and motivation to work and live in this type of community. Respect to their life.
Other activities: School visit, joining a summer festival (tugs of war), exchange and birthday parties, lecture and discussion with the community leader who has very big visions, etc.