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Guibi Zako
Guibi Zako
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Guibi Zako Forest Garden, Near Mimasaka, Okayama, JP
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate

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Guibi Zako

Project Type

Rural, Demonstration, Political

Project Summary

Much to the amusement of our neighbours, we are attempting to create a forest garden on an acre of abandoned agricultural land in the foothills of the Chugoku Mountain range, Okayama, Japan. Once at a more presentable stage of development, we hope that it will serve as an inspirational and educational demonstration of sustainable agricultural and social alternatives.

Project Description

The plan is simple. Put an acre of overworked and abandoned, terraced farmland back into a healthy and sustainable balance with nature and see what happens.

In the process, we hope to provide an inspirational example of how food, right livelihood and participatory community for the people who chose to involve themselves in the project can be attained.

The project is in it's fledgling stage, having started a little under a year ago (June 2010), but is already attracting attention (on a local scale). Over 50 trees, shrubs and bushes have been planted and work on the understory is underway.

Other plans for this year include the erection of a yurt, a deer and wild boar proof fence, and the establishment of the vegetable garden. We also aim to strengthen our ties with the existing local communities and prove that we're not just a bunch of clueless nutters. You're welcome to follow our progress on the rather erratically written blog here.

Wish us luck, or even better, get in touch and pay us a visit.


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