2013年10月05日

180th periodical training session

From 28 to 30 of August, we had 180th periodical training session of our microbial agricultural method for member farmers. Participating farmers intensively learned basic theory of the microbial method and knowhow of making and using composts and fermented fertilizers for three days and two nights. Our president, adviser and manager gave lectures about outline and history of microbial agricultural method, theory and technique of soil improvement, know-how of using microbial materials, management of crop cultivation and so on.
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We had Mr. Yoshimori Ihara as a guest from Kochi branch of Koso-no-sekaisha and he talked about practices of Shikoku area as an advanced area and best practices of member farmers. BYM farm staffs also can learn a lot from these practices of advanced areas.
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We showed know-how of making and using fermented fertilizer and wood chip compost from making to completion with showing real materials to the participating farmers at our farm.

It is difficult to provide verbal instruction about these know-hows, so it is necessary to have participating farmers see the real materials and touch and smell completed materials. Whenever we have training session about our fermented fertilizers and composts, we put much importance on learning from real experience.
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It is important to know the condition of appropriate moisture in compost by grabbing and feeling it.We always have the participating farmers know the smell of completed compost and its feeling.

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This is how we make our wood chip compost.

We also show them our vegetable and fruit fields to have them see the actual effects of our microbial method. Participating farmers asked questions about fertility management, pruning and training and so on.
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We’d like to thank everyone who joined our training session despite of this busy season for autumn and winter cropping. Next training session will be held in January next year.
We hope to have many participants next time again.


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2013年09月11日

visitors from UK

Two months ago, we had two visitors from UK. They were not farmers but two British youths who came to stay at our president’s house for Boy scouts program. During the stay, they visited BYM farm. I took them to a brief tour of our farm and show them compost site, vegetable field, tea field, green house of tomato and strawberry, fruit gardens of apples and figs as we do for usual farm visit of farmers.

I told them about the difference of smell of compost at each stage of composting and the soil building effects of our compost as easily as possible to understand, but it was hard to tell them about these complicated matters in English. Also they had chance to see real tea field which they don’t have any chance back home in UK, despite their everyday tea drinking. I hope that they recall what they saw in our farm when they have some tea after they went home and get interested in agriculture.

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green house for nursery

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2013年09月09日

visit to Nepal 2

We visited ULBA organic agriculture model farm this time, which is organized by about 8 young members including Mr.Sanjeev Pradhan who is the son of Mr.Pradhan. They started to make organic vegetables here on fertile land where also close to main highway and a few hours to Katmandu and they are providing their organic vegetables to consumers in the city. They are now planning to start pig farming, chicken farming, and fish farming in addition to organic vegetables like tomato, eggplants, cabbage, corns, and bitter gourd which they are making.

At the time we visited, there were already two ponds for fish farming. Their current problem is to use enough fertilizers and composts into their land and find out the way to avoid insects which is compatible with organic agriculture. BYM farm will keep close contact with them and help them build healthy soil and make good quality vegetables.

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with members of ULBA organic agriculture model farm

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white eggplants which are rare in Japan

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