Thursday, November 28, 2013

first fall

Standing among giants
In awe of their poise and stilled stance
Aged skin a spiraling grain, dressed in green velvet
Their crown of golden yellow begin to fall blanketing the ground
Revealing their raw nakedness
Their arms stretched out to the sky as if yawning for a 4 month sleep
Quietly there, with no need for a sound of a single word
Admiring the sight of silence  
Standing among giants

Day of Thanksgiving
I continue to think and pray for those who helped make this happen
Thank you all for your support

Saturday, November 23, 2013

typical day at ARI

Every day begins with the first light creeping through the curtains, a kind reminder it’s time to wake. As I exit outside the first breathe is filled with the aroma of pigs and morning dew, with the suns face peeking over the horizon greeting me to a new day.  My body is instantly woken by the cold air with warm breath becoming vapor with every exhale. The ARI community gathers like zombies from a deep slumber to join in on morning exercise. The sound of Japan radio is broadcasted with no understanding what is said with the sound of music guiding us through a motion of stretches. Than a prayer is said and everyone separate’s to begin there morning assignment. This month I’m put into meal service with not much cooking experience, close to nothing. Holding my composer by pretending like I know what I’m doing and following my gut instinct. My cousin once told me your cooking is only as good as your imagination. Most days my cooking is experiments thinking like mad scientist. After breakfast is a time of listening and reflection called morning gathering.  One person is set as chairperson out of the community in a daily rotation for every day. Morning gathering consist of moment of music where hymns are sung or music is shared depending on chair persons style and choice. Than he or she shares to the group of his or her testimony or whatever is placed on his or her heart in “ARI English”. Than my midmornings and afternoons consist of working in crops and vegetables where I feel more comfortable and suitable, where I’m free get as dirty as I please. Than after a shower at 5:00 pm I’m put back into the kitchen for dinner where I try desperately to hold my weight and learn as much as I can, in hopes cooking may become enjoyable. Than the day slows down finishing with sleep.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Carrot harvest: this is a small portion during the washing stage
Nasu Mountain: Lunch at the top with the community
Mountain Floor
 extreme weather: rain, hail, high winds, fog. It was good to
take a breather off the farm for a day
street food

Thursday, November 7, 2013

ARI introduction

Reflection in the morning haze.  Thrown into the  daily schedule of exercise, meals, sowing ,harvesting , threshing, sorting, introductions of who and where you came from, prayer meetings and community events, attending church by bicycle, and of course rest. I’m finally adjusting and now it’s becoming an enjoyable routine and part of life. One thing I admire and appreciate is seeing the process of our food grown organically, harvested, cooked and served with everyone doing his or her part.
Joining hands from all over the world.


sweet potato harvest : almost 1 ton
Sam harvesting soybeans: my first two weeks was both white and black soybean harvesting, threshing, sorting and drying
pumpkin patch: we harvested monster pumpkins over the kg. package description
checking weekly schedule