Seed to Plate Tour Japan

​What is the ‘Seed to Plate Tour?’

For the last six years after the farm season comes to an end, Stacey Givens of Side Yard Farm heads to Japan on Side Yard’s ‘Seed to Plate Tour’. During these annual trips she handpicks Portland chefs, farmers, makers of all kinds to join her in visiting Japanese farmers, ranchers, bakers, dairies and get to know the folks behind organic Japan. Stacey and the crew prepare farm to table dinners for intimate groups using local Japanese ingredients that she sources from her farm visits and gets a chance to spotlight these farmers/makers. Stacey also speaks about making the most of small acreage, farming among urban residents, how her work as a chef and her event space is key to her success, and what it means to be a young womxn farmer. All the Portland makers involved have a chance to speak about what they do, how community is everything and inspire young folks to farm. Every bit of this is directly relevant in Japan, where many farms are shoulder to shoulder with urban housing, and where the average age of a farmer is even older than in the United States—at 65.9 to our 58.3. There’s a desperate need for new blood. Japanese folks from all walks of life visit The Side Yard Farm every season to discuss the importance of organic urban farming and how to develop more urban farms in Japan. Over the last five years, these trip have paid off and more and more young folks in Japan are getting into agriculture. The connections, the friendships and what we learn on these trips are life changing.

​「種から食卓へツアー」

過去4年にわたって、ステイシーはシーズンが終わりに近づくと日本へ向かいます。この年に一度のツアーへは、彼女自身が選んだポートランドのシェフや農家、ワインメーカーや職人たちが参加、日本の農家や牧場などを訪ね、実際の日本の農業の現場を体験してきました。

ステイシーは訪問先の農家の素材を使ったディナーを開催し、都市の中の小さな農地を最大限に活用し、都市住民と共に農業を行い、シェフとして活動しイベントスペースとして農地を活用することがアーバンファームの成功のカギだということ、若い女性の農業者であるということについてのさまざまなお話をします。

ステイシーの取り組みは、より多くの農家が都市と近い距離にあり、農家の平均年齢が65.9才と、58.3歳のアメリカよりも早く高齢化が進む日本においても、当てはまることなのではないでしょうか?いま、新しい「血」が必要なのです。

毎年多くの日本人が、都市有機農業の重要性と、都市農地をより活用化する方法について語らいにサイドヤードファームを訪れています。

Side Yard Farm Tour & Lunch

The Side Yard opens their farm gate every year to Japanese groups wanting a private farm tour to learn about urban farming. After a farm tour and talk, Stacey cooks up a 3 course seed to plate meal using goods from the farm and neighboring farms. Please contact thesideyardpdx@gmail.com if you are interested.

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