I came here hoping to learn about raising chickens and skills to become self-sufficient, and I learnt way more than what I expected. Keiko is such a nice host, who’s very willing to share her knowledge and teach me the many things I’m curious about: organic CSA farm management, Japanese pickling, miso making, wool spinning, weaving with a traditional loom, chicken butchering (I got to kill 2 chickens!), the list just goes on… Although I barely speak any Japanese, I’m always amused how far I get with a mix of English, Japanese words and gestures (it’s actually pretty fun if you enjoy charades!). It’s my fourth week here at Keiko’s farm house and I’m still enjoying myself with the variety this place offers.”
-Helane from Canada
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“I am interested in organic farms, and I have worked in Israel, New Zealand and Australia. I have been at Keiko’s farm for just over one week, and I have enjoyed myself very much. The work is hard, but varied and interesting. Every day we take care of the chickens and sheep, as well as everyday maintenance, such as repairs to the fence or buildings. There are also seeds t sow and crops to harvest. The animals are very well looked after and treated with much love and respect. I have learnt many things in my short stay at Keiko’s farm, which I will remember all my life.”
– Rob from England
“Rob and I have been working and living on Keiko’s farm for a week now. Every day, we eat from the things that are grown here. Since Rob is a vegetarian, we eat almost no meat at all. I am not a vegetarian, but astonishingly I like the food so much that I could just become one myself!”
– Alex from Germany
“I am a WWOOFer from Germany, and I have been at Keiko’s farm for about 4 weeks now. I didn’t plan to stay this long at first, but after I got here, I realized that I really liked the place, and most of all, I really enjoyed being with the people who work and live here.
When I got here, I could hardly speak Japanese. I had learned it at my home university for one year, but we never practiced real conversation, so it was really hard for me to communicate at first. However, it was actually really helpful not to have a language to fall back on – English, for example – to help me learn and improve my Japanese, because this way I was *forced* to learn. I am very thankful that everyone here was so helpful and patient with me!
The work here was sometimes hard, but always very interesting, varied and enjoyable. Before I came here, I had no idea about farming at all, so it was a very new experience for me. I am very happy that I chose to come here!”
– Jan from Germany
“I’ve been for two weeks now at Keiko’s farm house, and having a wonderfull time! Even though I don’t speak english we’re laughing a lot. I’ve done many nice things, every day you learn something new! Like picking eggs, planting seeds and baby plants(giving them lots of love!), feeding sheep and goats and just working hard with fun. I even drove the tractor, without getting anyone hurt! The people here are really thoughtfull and caring, some of the most wonderfull people I’ve met!”
– Froni from Holland