Although rice fields are very common in the Philippines, I have never joined any harvest event. The work are done by the pro, the rice farmers.
Peace & Nature had the event last weekend and since T was able to reschedule work, we decided to join. I find it weird though, we helped them harvest the rice and yet we are the ones that are paying for it. Since T and I are non-members, we have to pay $10, and there was no free food or even drinks included.
Peace and Nature was kind enough to explain why we needed to pay for joining the even.
” Since we are introducing our rice planting and harvest event as an old Japanese culture, we rent the farm and ask local farmers to cooperate with us.
The Japanese farmers, they don’t really put nor reap INE by hands anymore since they use special machine for it.
BUT we ask them to do it in an old Japanese way so that WE(our members and non-members) can experience work. We consider this procedure as workshop for people to learn.
We also cover insurance for each people plus for the whole event, we need to ask people to cover their own insurance fee plus for the experience we provide.”
The location was very remote that you really need to have a car to get there. T and T do not own a car, so we have to share with some of the participants who have one. I guess that was worth more than $10 ( Please see new explanation above).
Anyways it was still a fun experience. There were more or less 70 participants including kids. The kids were just having the time of their life. Running around chasing little critters that pops up when rice stalks are reap. We met some of locals, had a really nice chat with nice old lady who has been doing it for 60 years and yet she was still as healthy as an ox. She was amazing.
The weather gods gave us a really good one that day, we were able to finish all the work by 3 pm.
All golden, ready for harvesting.
This rice is called Yamanishiki and is used for making Nihonshu; Japanese Sake. One more month and these rice grains will be harvested and turn into Daiginjo , the highest level of Sake.
Everybody finishing up. Collecting all the rice stalks and tying them up to dry.
After lunch most of the participants went home, but T and I decide to join the remaining ones to help in hanging the rice for drying.
We are finally done for the day.
It was a great day and it is good to know that there are people out there who are more concerned of creating/growing healthy chemical free food and sharing it to everybody.
Finding a good organic store in Japan is not easy but if you are in Kansai Area specifically Kobe, try Peace and Nature produce. The store is about 10 minutes walk from JR /Hankyu Sannomiya Station.