Vegetable Gardening for Beginners (10 classes)

Vegetable Gardening Theme: Hand-grown vegetables taste amazing! Individuals and families are welcome to participate in this program. Learn what fun it is to grow vegetables through gardening lectures and fieldwork, and grow delicious organic vegetables with your classmates. You will also enjoy the experience of growing vegetables from seed and then harvesting your own seeds. We invite you to learn the cycle of food production and feel the changing seasons throughout the year. Learning in nature teaches us many things. Our lecturer is visiting from the “Seeds, Earth, and Human Future Research Institute”.

Dates: Saturday, March 18th to Saturday, December 16th
Location: Peace & Nature Ozo Base, 47 Hisaihara, Ozo-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe
11:00-12:00 (lecture)
12:00-13:00 (lunch)
13:00-15:00 (fieldwork)

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Fees (including seeds, seedlings, and other materials)

(Please become a P&N member to participate.)
Yearly membership: 3,000 yen (individual), 3,500 yen (family)

*We will issue a certificate to participants who attend all 10 classes.

1 adult: 50,000 yen (5,000 yen x 10 classes)
1 middle/high school/university student: 20,000 yen (2,000 yen x 10 classes)

Elementary school and under: free
*Visitor: Adult: 5500 yen, middle/high school/university student: 2500 yen

To bring: hat, towel, long-sleeved clothing (that can get dirty), sunscreen, sneakers or boots, drink, lunch (one of our members will cook and sell lunch at some classes – we will ask you for reservations)

Schedule (tentative)

AM – Lecture (tentative)
PM – Fieldwork (tentative)

3/18/2017 (Sat)

Orientation (participant and teacher introductions), how to grow potatoes
Building raised beds, planting potatoes
4/15/2017 (Sat)
All About Seeds I (F1 seeds, native seeds, and heirloom seeds)
Planting vegetable seeds (creating seedlings), taking care of potatoes, additional fertilizer.
All about Soil (conventional, organic, and natural farming)
Planting seedlings, planting satsumaimo (sweet potatoes), creating “bokashi” (fertilizer)
All about Fertilizer. Agricultural chemicals, companion plants, etc.
Yardwork (setting up poles, taking care of vegetables, additional fertilizer, weeding, etc.) Harvesting potatoes, planting soybean and black bean seeds.
How to take care of summer vegetables, keep insects away, etc.
Harvesting summer vegetables, yardwork (weeding, etc.)
How to recognize good vegetables
Harvesting summer vegetables, yardwork (weeding, etc.), planting carrot and daikon (radish) seeds.


All About Seeds II (Seed sharing, Seed Bank, seed harvesting)
Planting hakusai (Chinese cabbage) and cabbage seeds, planting fall potatoes.
All about Winter Vegetables I
Harvesting edamame and azuki beans, yardwork (weeding, etc.), harvesting satsumaimo.
All about Winter Vegetables II
Harvesting fall potatoes, carrots, daikon, and soybeans, threshing azuki.
Making miso
Harvesting carrots, daikon, hakusai, cabbage, threshing soybeans.

What is Peace & Nature?

Founded in 2003 by Bahram Enanloo, our director. We are an international NPO based in Kobe with Japanese and international members. We grow rice & vegetables without any chemicals with the help of local people at our organic farm in Ozo, Kita-ku, Kobe. We are working to create a safe environment and food cycle for future generations.

Reserve your place by using the form below or sending us an email.
(Email: please send your name, address, phone number, and number of participants.)