Spelt WheatStart the pesticide-free growing project!
This is the wheat field before harvesting.
Summary of Applications for 2021
At Satoyama Club Minuma, an ancient wheat variety called “spelt wheat” is grown without pesticides in our own field located at a place 14 minutes on foot from Higashi-Urawa station on the Musashino Line, Japan Railways. The seeds are sown in late autumn (from mid-November to early December). We are looking for people who are interested in the farming process from sowing seeds in late autumn (any Saturday on late November to early December this year) to harvesting, milling and baking bread in summer (and will result in the fruits of these farm works on the “Bread Festival 2021“), people who are passionate about baking bread, people who are allergic to wheat, and are interested in pesticide-free natural farming ! We’d love to hear from you!
What is spelt wheat?
Spelt wheat is an ancient grain, the original species of bread wheat, which is widely used today. It was first cultivated in ancient Egypt and later spread throughout Europe. In recent years, spelt wheat has gained attention for its unique flavor and high nutritional value. It is a rare wheat that is appreciated by those who want to make their own bread.
Suitable for pesticide-free and natural growing
Spelt wheat is a robust plant that is able to handle extreme weather and soil conditions. The exceptionally thick husk of the kernel protects the kernel inside from contaminants and insects. Also, being an ancient grain, it can be grown with little or no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or pesticides. The Satoyama Club Minuma also grows pesticide-free grains.
For those with wheat allergies.
Spelt wheat is completely free of artificial breeding, let alone genetic engineering. Wheat allergy is difficult to prove medically because the conditions of those who develop it vary widely. Thirty years of experience in Europe has shown that 85-90% of wheat allergy sufferers do not suffer from the disease, even if they eat it.
(It is not gluten-free and should be consulted by a doctor before eating it.)
Significance of the event
Wheat is a familiar grain to the Japanese, such as bread and udon noodles, but most of the wheat products we seek in supermarkets today are made from imported wheat that has been sprayed with pesticides and insecticides. Today’s wheat has been artificially bred and is very different from the original wheat. In such an era, we at Satoyama Club Minuma grow safe and secure rice, wheat for udon noodles, soybeans and vegetables grown without pesticides, and from this year we will start making bread and sweets using ancient wheat. We would like to invite anyone who agrees with our approach and would like to participate in the process of growing wheat and other agricultural products to join us for this event.
The process of making bread from sowing to harvesting and baking
A lot of farming work is required to make bread from ancient wheat. The main tasks alone require the following
- Sowing of ancient wheat (spelt wheat) (late November – early December. Saturday)
- Wheat trading (three times winter)
- Wheat harvesting (mid-June)
- Drying in the sun
Making bread with wheat grown without pesticides yourself. Working in the fields, feeling the workings of nature under the sun. And to share the joy of the harvest with your friends. This is the ultimate in luxury. Satoyama Club Minuma is the perfect place for those who want to live a fulfilling lifestyle along with farming.
Condition to accept new comers
Those who agree to the following are welcome to apply.
- Every Saturday is our regular farming day. We seek new members who are willing to come to Saturday for farmng as often as possible (This conditions is the most important.)
- We seek new members who do not bother farm works other than ancient wheat growing & baking work. (we are involved in growing rice, wheat, soybeans, various vegetables and fruit trees.)
- Annual membership fee of Satoyama Club Minuma is payable as a regular member. The membership fee is collected every 6 months and is 15,000 yen per person for 6 months (18,000 yen for family members for 6 months – free for children). However, the membership fee is free for the first month after you join the farm work (4 times work) as it is a trial period.
Other matters to keep in mind
- If we receive a large number of applicants, we may not be able to accommodate some of them.
- You can apply to participate in any of the above mentioned stages of 1. sowing ancient wheat (spelt wheat) (Saturday, December) 2. wheat treading three times (winter) 3. weeding 4. mowing (June) 5. threshing 6. milling 7. bread making (August).
- The exact date and time of the spelt wheat sowing operation and the exact date of the bread festival 2021 will be announced in due course.
If you have any questions, please contact the Club.
Nearest Station: Higashi-Urawa Station (JR Musashino Line) 3 minutes walk from the clubhouse. Rice fields and fields: 12 minutes walk from the station.