The 2nd Tokushima University Farmers’ Market

2016-11-4

On September 24 at Suketo no Oka on the Tokushima University Josanjima Campus, the 2nd Tokushima University Farmers’ Market was held. It was an opportunity for placemaking, contributing to regional sustainability and growth, innovation in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, sixth-sector development and the food industry, as well the dietary education of the students.

As with the first time, it was modeled on the Farmers’ Market held on the campus of Portland State University in Oregon, U.S., with an improved design based on the outcome of the previous occasion.

Matt Bibeau was invited from Oregon as an advisor. He’s the founding principal at America’s first outdoor kindergarten, Mother Earth School, and representative of Permaculture Teachers & Transition Schools. A satellite office was co-created for local residents, farmers, businesses, local high schools and the university from the standpoint of social innovation and placemaking to promote regional sustainability and growth.

Seventeen organizations including farmers and community vitalization groups, and 15 shops set up stalls. There were presentations about regional revitalization activities, sales, a gift economy workshop, the Menka Remon kitchen van (exchange with a local laboratory), and an exhibit on the Awa Railway, Tokushima students’ dream electric railway. The Tokushima University Jazz Band performed. About 100 students and local people took part, making it a very lively event.

Atsuya Yoshida, Director of the Center for Community Revitalization which sponsored the event, said, “We want to continue to provide a place where the diverse people of the region gather, and expand the scope of engagement”. The event will be held again in future.

 

Matt Bibeau speaks   Josanjima Campus Suketo no Oka (from the Future Center)

Matt Bibeau speaks 

 

Josanjima Campus Suketo no Oka

(from the Future Center)

Students cook rice harvested in the terraced rice fields of Kamikatsu   Participants enjoying the farmers’ market

Students cook rice harvested in the terraced rice

fields of Kamikatsu

 

Participants enjoying the farmers’ market

Participants enjoying the farmers’ market

  Performance by the Tokushima University Jazz Band Club

Commemorative photo of the students and shopkeepers

 

Performance by the Tokushima University Jazz Band Club