Made with 100% pesticide-free ingredients from Satoyama Club Minuma farms.
Fermented Food “Miso Making” Workshop
Information for recruiting participants
“Miso Making” Workshop Outline
Made with pesticide-free soybeans and rice from Satoyama Club Minuma’s farm
The First Session
From 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Sunday, March 14, 2021
The Second Session
From 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Sunday, March 21, 2021
- The contents of the first and second sessions are the same.
- After each session, you will be able to take home about 4kg of miso.
- Both sessions will be made with rice malt made from pesticide-free rice and “Aoyama Zaiyai” soybeans grown on Satoyama Club Minuma’s farm.
- However, if the Emergency Declaration due to Corona Pandemic is not lifted by the date of the workshop, the workshop will be cancelled and the registration fee and Satoyama Club membership fee will be refunded.
The 2020 Miso Making Workshop
Summary of This Workshops
At Satoyama Club Minuma, we grow a variety of soybeans called “Aoyama native soybeans” in our own fields in Higashiurawa, Saitama city without using pesticides, which we receive from an organic farmer in Ogawa-machi, Saitama Prefecture. We use these soybeans to make our own miso in February and March every year. We are looking for people who are interested in cultivating the crops necessary for making miso, a fermented food, as well as the farm work up to (and after) harvesting and making the fermented food.
Why We Believe This Workshop is Important
People have recently started realizing the efficacy of fermented food for keeping health conditions. However, the miso and other fermented foods we buy in supermarkets today are made from soybeans sprayed with pesticides or genetically modified soybeans from the U.S., and are mass-produced with a lot of preservatives. It is highly doubtful that the original benefits of fermented foods can be nowadays maintained. In such times, Satoyama Club Minuma has been working every year to produce miso, a basic food essential to the Japanese diet, using safe and secure soybeans and rice grown at our own farmland without using agricultural chemicals. We would like to invite people who agree with our concept and are willing to participate in the work of growing soybeans and rice, the essential ingredientsnecessary for this event, and we are looking for participants. This time we will be making miso, but in the future we plan to try making soy sauce as well.
The Process of Making Miso/ Necessary Agricultural Works
Making miso from soybeans requires a lot of agricultural works. The main tasks alone require the following:
1. Sowing soybeans (early to mid-July) 2. weeding 3. pile-driving 4. Spraying wood vinegar for insect control 5. Soybean harvest (late November) 6. Removing beans from the pods (mid-December) 7. Bean sorting (mid to late December) 8. Making miso (February to March every year)
To be able to enjoy the feeling of fulfillment of “I made homemade miso!” while ensuring the safe and delicious miso for your family and to be able to boast to your friends, the farming work up to the harvest is also an essential part of the process.
Removing the beans from the pod
Conditions for Invitation
Applicants who agree to the following conditions are welcome to apply.
- Every Saturday is a regular farming day, and we need people who can participate in these days as often as possible. However, from January 2021, you can join us on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in addition to Saturdays.
- Those who are interested in agricultural work other than harvesting soybeans and making miso, and who like farming (we grow rice, wheat, soybeans, various vegetables, and fruit trees) are very welcome.
- Participants in this workshop are required to pay the half year membership fee ( ¥15,000 per person or ¥18,000 per family ) to become a regular member of Satoyama Club Minuma. The membership fee will be collected semi-annually (6 months).
- However, before you decide to join our club, you can have up to four free “trial farming experiences” on regular farming days (every Saturday). If you would like to participate, please come to the club’s greenhouses on the map below by 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. on any Saturday. Please apply for a “trial work experience” using the inquiry form.
- In addition to the 6-month regular membership fee mentioned in 3 above, the following participation fee (cost of materials and other expenses) will be charged for each workshop.
- However, this membership fee and the participation fee below will be refunded if the emergency declaration is not lifted by the date of the workshop, as this workshop will be cancelled.
- If there are too many applicants, we may not be able to accommodate all of your requests.
- Making Miso
- You will be given about 4kg of miso to take home.
- We will provide the containers and all the other equipments necessary for making miso.
- Other common items
- Participants are requested to bring their own masks, aprons, and hair covers (or towels for these items).
Where will the Workshop be held?
Satoyama Club Minuma Clubhouse
1-15-12 Higashi-Urawa, Midori-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 336-0926, Japan 3 minutes walk from Higashi-Urawa Station, JR Musashino Line
How Many Applicants Accepted?
Up to 4 persons per each workshop, first come first serve basis.
How to Apply
- Please apply using the entry form below.
- When you receive an e-mail from the club to the effect that “Your application has been accepted” . Please transfer ￥15,000 for 6 months membership to the following account within 8 days of receiving the reply email from the club.
- As soon as the payment is confirmed, the Club will email to you a certificate of participation for each workshop you have applied for , so please bring the certificate with you on the day of the workshop.
- Applications without the payment of semi-annual membership fee ( ¥15,000 per person or ¥18,000 per family) not received within 8 days after the Club sends out an e-mail stating that your application has been accepted will be considered invalid.
- If you would like to have a trial farming experience on one of our regular farming days (every Saturday) before applying to this Workshop, please fill out the inquiry form below. We welcome you at any time. Up to four trial farming sessions are free of charge. If you would like to participate in this program, please come to the club’s greenhouses (see map below) by 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Paddies and fields
Nearest Station: Higashi Urawa Station, JR Musashino Line Clubhouse: 3 minutes walk from the station Rice Paddies and Fields: 12 minutes walk from the station
If you have any questions, please contact the following cell phone.