Let's organic farming with various members in highland!

Tateya(Nagano) / More than 1 month from Apr. 1 to Oct. 31

Volunteer information
Project name Tateya
Location Nagano
Periond More than 1 month from Apr. 1 to Oct. 31
Type Agriculture/Social project
Capacity Max. 5 volunteers
Background This project is actively working for SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDGs 10 (Reduced Inequalities), organized together with Tateya Farm of Kyodo Gakusha (KG website is only in Japanese) since 2014. KG is an NPO running 5 organic farming communities in Japan where people with various backgrounds such as mentally disadvantaged, those who want to learn agriculture, etc. to change our society from competitive to cooperative. Tateya Farm has 30 members, they have several backgrounds.
Outcome In 2019, 3 vols. from 2 countries greatly contributed to harvest rice which was difficult to finish by the time they needed without volunteers! There was also nice exchange between Community people and vols. through Yoga and Mindfulness. Please see the presentation of the camp leader for the IVS contest in Japan https://www.slideshare.net/nice-workcamp/e4-54764427 (only Japanese for the moment, but you can at least enjoy the pictures!)
Work Volunteers will help their organic farming (weeding in rice and vegetable fields, planting vegetables, taking care of goats and chicken, etc.) and also making miso and soy-sauce, wooden toy, weaving and dyeing cloths, etc. Be ready to work for quite a long time (05:30-18:00 with some brakes) and hard.
Location Otari village is a small village located in the region of stunning natural beauty in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It is a beautiful village near the Northern Japan Alps.
Accommodation Building for Tateya members in the farm, living together with the members. Volunteers help the members to cook. (Vegetarian is possible if it's prepared by volunteer self.)
Recruitment information
Other activities Sightseeing, short trips (hot springs, famous places here). Trekking.
Other As of 2020 Nov., it seems impossible to host the vols. from abroad. NICE and the local host will make decision to organize or cancel the project around 1 month before each start though the project can be cancelled even after that depending on the situation of COVID-19. NICE cannot compensate any damage on volunteers by this and strongly recommend them to book the flights as late as possible. Short term workcamps will be organized late Sep. and the mid term vols. are expected to support to organize them.
Requirement Some levels of Japanese speaking skills as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. High motivation to work hard and to simple mountain life in the isolated area. Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. Agriculture skills or construction can be useful! A motivation letter is needed.