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Hello from Fukushima

Post by DocDoesFarming » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:01 pm

Left the city life and moved to Fukushima with my wife to start a farm. Currently a month into our 1 year training at the local farms around us so we are still pretty new to it all. Although he have just planted some spuds and negi.

Planning on doing egg farming next year and hopefully a Minshuku at some point in the near future when the bigger house is all renovated (it's in a bit of a state at the moment).

Thank you Zasso Nouka for showing me this forum!
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Re: Hello from Fukushima

Post by gonbechan » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:53 pm

Very exciting things you have going on Doc.
You must have wonderful stories to tell about training at local farms. I can't wait to hear some of them.

Also looking forward to house renovating porn and things growing in fields porn. :D
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Re: Hello from Fukushima

Post by Zasso Nouka » Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:08 am

Welcome to JSL Docdoesfarming and thank you very much for joining, we really do appreciate you taking the time to sign up.

How are you enjoying countryside life so far ?

Tatties and negi are good crops to have going right now and it will soon be time to plant out nasu, chillies and other summer crops. Also this year I'm going to start Brussels in May in the hope they might be ready for Christmas, parsnips can also be planted now and they might do well in your climate but they tend to struggle through the summer here in Chiba.

Doing some training with local farmers sounds like a really good idea, I wish I'd done something like that. I might not have made so many mistakes in the first few years if we would have. What sort of style are you going to be farming your chickens with ?

The minshuku sounds good, Fukushima has a lot to offer visitors so hope you get plenty of bookings.

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Re: Hello from Fukushima

Post by DocDoesFarming » Wed May 01, 2019 7:25 am

Zasso Nouka wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:08 am
How are you enjoying countryside life so far ?

Doing some training with local farmers sounds like a really good idea, I wish I'd done something like that. I might not have made so many mistakes in the first few years if we would have. What sort of style are you going to be farming your chickens with ?
Compared to city life it's definitely more relaxed with lots of possibilities. Also bigger houses.
Tokyo as a tourist might be more fun than living there as strange as it sounds.

Well so far the training has been me filling pots with dirt, planting stuff, watering the plants and then spacing them apart for better growth when they got bigger. This current farmer tends to sell plants so I've been baking in greenhouses a lot.
Although I did learn how to plant spuds and drive a tractor. Hopefully the next farm with have other things to do.

With chickens, we've not quite decided yet. Free range would be a good idea because of the space we have but my wife is worries about the local wildlife taking them. A dog and fence would solve that problem I'm sure.

Currently living off the small amount of money we get from training and savings, as much as I want a part time job, I want to spend my weekends sorting this place out.
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Re: Hello from Fukushima

Post by Aquilis » Wed May 01, 2019 9:51 am

That sounds really cool! Good luck with it all. I completely agree that Tokyo is more fun as a tourist, only so long I can tolerate being a sardine on a train.

Out of interest, how did you get on a training programme with the locals?

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Re: Hello from Fukushima

Post by DocDoesFarming » Wed May 01, 2019 7:54 pm

Basically my wife wanted to return to Fukushima so we attended this sort of convention for those wanting to move to the countryside. We found out that local prefectures help support people wanting to get into agriculture by paying a certain amount to train and help out on the local farms and paying half the cost of repairing your house if needed.

The convention was at 有楽町 in Tokyo.
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Re: Hello from Fukushima

Post by Zasso Nouka » Thu May 02, 2019 5:44 am

DocDoesFarming wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 7:25 am
Compared to city life it's definitely more relaxed with lots of possibilities. Also bigger houses.
Tokyo as a tourist might be more fun than living there as strange as it sounds.
That makes perfect sense, specially when you see the size of some apartments there. It's an interesting place and there's always plenty to do there but for me the countryside is a lot more relaxing.
DocDoesFarming wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 7:25 am
Well so far the training has been me filling pots with dirt, planting stuff, watering the plants and then spacing them apart for better growth when they got bigger. This current farmer tends to sell plants so I've been baking in greenhouses a lot.
Although I did learn how to plant spuds and drive a tractor. Hopefully the next farm with have other things to do.
That's pretty neat that you are getting to experience a number of different farms, should give you a wide range of experience to be able to call upon when you start your own farm and also help set you up with some good connections you can call upon later.
DocDoesFarming wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 7:25 am
With chickens, we've not quite decided yet. Free range would be a good idea because of the space we have but my wife is worries about the local wildlife taking them. A dog and fence would solve that problem I'm sure.
If you do decide to keep chickens later a simple net with an electric fence in front of it (3 wires is enough generally) should keep most predators away. 11,000 volts delivered to a curious wet nose is an almighty deterrent to most predators and they will maintain a safe distance after that.

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Re: Hello from Fukushima

Post by Ibaraki llama » Fri May 03, 2019 8:59 pm

Welcome to the forum. Very jealous.We just got back a couple of days ago from camping in Fukushima (Bandai area) and are already making plans to go back.