---HAPPY PLACE--- organic tomato field
Shimamaki,where we live is a village along with the coast facing the Sea of Japan.It's a between the ocean and mountains surrounded by deep and untouched nature.
We grow mainly cherry tomatoes in 5 greenhouses.we are going to grow some other crops too in 2017.Our field is placed near the river in quiet area by the forest. we started to grow tomatoes in 2011 just after 3.11 big earthquake happened. Futoshi and Keiko quit working at Fish product processing company and decided to start new lifestyle as Organic Farmers. Since 2012 we built greenhouses one by one,improve the skills of growing tomato and other vegetables. we both used to travel overseas when we were twenties,so it was natural choice for us to become A Wwoof host in 2013.Futoshi loves white wine and snowboarding,Keiko loves cooking and drawing/painting. we both like to communicate with people who have different backgrounds.we had 57 people in 5years from Europe,america and asian countries.
There are kinds of wilderness such as fox,deer,snakes and even bears in the mountains.we love to go hiking and sometimes pick up some wild eatable plants. There are rich sea creatures such as kelps,fishes in the sea.In summer we love to go swimming there to discover the beauties under water. Salmons come back to clean rivers in the Autumn. Looking down the ground There are thousands of little creatures and microorganisms in our field. Looking at the sun setting to the sea,your mind will be fullfilled peacefully and can expand you view. It's not convinient as the city life but we love the way to live here inconvinient and feel happiness to be with nature and its confortable.we enjoy our life with DIY spirits. Slip out of the concrete world,you can feel free of yourself here now,past and the future. Let's share the thoghts and ideas for our bright future!
*The agriculture that never pollute the sea.
* Grow FOOD for local children.
*Create the special fields scene that last for 100years.
Provides short term work experiences on farms, lodging establishments, and ski resorts for people looking to live abroad.
*What we do---Schedule
April: plant seeds,watering,operating greenhouses, plant seedlings.building new greenhouses.
May: plant seedlings,watering and operating greenhouses, building new greenhouses.weeding.
June: taking suckers off,wrap branch around strings,weeding.
July: taking sucers off,wrap branch around strings,picking worms,weeding, start harvesting cherry tomatoes.
August: Havesting cherry tomatoes almost everyday,select and pack them in boxes and more.
September: Harvesting cherry tomatoes,select and pack them in boxes and more.
October: still have some harbesting tomatoes but start clean the field.agricultural materials and plants.
In summer we have breakfast at 5AM,go to the field and work 6hours a day just before lunch.you have free time in the afternoon.
In spring and Autumn,we start later in the morning.it depends on the sun rising time and temparture and weather.
Lunch time:about 12noon
Dinner time:about 6PM
We have little children.we go to the bed about 9PM.