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Let's Haiku Again at Mukai Farm & Gardens! 

During March and April 2021, the Mukai Farm & Garden on Vashon Island will sponsor its second annual Haiku Festival, a juried competition for people of all ages to submit their haiku poems to compete in the following categories:

  • Heritage Award: Most eloquent portrayal of the history or some other aspect of the Mukai Farm & Garden
  • Nature: Most elegant and poignant depiction of some aspect of nature
  • Social Justice Award: Shedding unique insight on social equity
  • The Young Poet Awards: Best haiku for 1) Children (grades K-6) and 2) Young adult (grades 7-12)
  • People’s Choice: Most popular haiku
  • Other categories that may occur to the jurors

Haiku is a poem of three lines, with the pattern of 5-7-5 sounds, or syllables. Matsuo Basho, Japan’s most famous poet, described haiku as "Simply what is happening in this place at this moment.”
 
“Last year’s Haiku Festival drew 250 entries from all over the world, from people aged five to ninety-five,” said Rita Brogan, President of the Mukai Farm & Garden Board. “This year we look forward to an equally delightful burst of creativity from poets from Vashon and beyond.”
 
Vashon’s Mukai Farm & Garden is a place that nurtures awareness of Asian-Pacific culture and history. The former strawberry farm has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the few surviving Japanese farmsteads in the US. “In many ways, the Mukai property embodies the Japanese experience in America," said Ms. Brogan. “The Haiku Festival and Contest, gives us a way to channel the power of poetry to express our appreciation of Japanese culture, our shared life on the island as well as to invite people to visit our lovely gardens in April—all while practicing ‘social distancing!” 
 
The deadline for entries is April 24th.  There will be a limit of three entries per person. Entries must be submitted electronically on the form accessible on Mukai’s website. Entry haiku will be displayed throughout the Mukai Farm & Garden property through the month of May. 
 
Between April 24 and April 30, we encourage visitors to vote for their favorite haiku for the People’s Choice awards online or at the Mukai Farm & Garden kiosk. 

Pond renovation expert Kevin Gardener and volunteers
Kuni's Garden Being Resorted Sustainably
 
Garden volunteers began the renovation of the two ponds in the Japanese Garden in early March by emptying the east pond, removing invasive aquatic plants and installing rounded gravel. Their efforts are the first phase of establishing a more natural ecosystem in the two concrete-lined ponds to eliminate chemical algae control and reduce maintenance costs.

The new gravel in the ponds will harbor “good” bacteria, that will act together with aquatic plants and fish to nudge the pond habitat closer to a self-sustaining natural system. 

A big thanks goes to D&R Excavating who donated the gravel and delivery!  Major gratitude also to the volunteers, including Vashon Master Gardeners, for their hard work.

Island Sustainability Tour

The Vashon Rotary's Island Sustainability Tour will feature Mukai's pond renovation. Docents will be available outside at the pond on Sunday, April 11th, to discuss the process and answer questions. Appropriate COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed.

Vashon Rotary Island Sustainability Tour
April 11 & 12, 10AM - 12PM
Mukai Farm & Garden

Spring Pickles Class
We're doing another dive into pickling, this time with our friend and business sponsor Cheryl Lubbert of Nashi Orchards, who will share with us how to savor and preserve the best veggies of every season. 

Spring Pickles
Mon, April 5, Noon 
Zoom link will be sent after registration
$15 Registration Fee
Register Here
Kumihimo Class
 
Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese form of braiding using multiple strands of cord and/or ribbon. This fun class that is PERFECT for kids aged 10 and up. Mukai welcomes instructor Seiko Atsuta Perdue - a professor from Western Washington University - as she shows us the art of the Japanese braid. A Kumihimo kit is included with your registration.

Kumihimo Class
Sat., April 24
Zoom link will be sent after registration
$25 Registration Fee
 
Register Here
 
Bring Us Your Asian Collectibles
 
 
Mukai Farm & Garden will have a spring Nominoichi or Flea Market sale of Pan Asian collectibles. If your Asian themed bric-a-brac, knickknacks, curios, art and tchotchkes no longer spark joy, donate them to Mukai! We will use the sale to support programming, continued restoration, and future work on the Barreling Plant.
 
Drop off donated items at Mukai Farm & Garden on these days:
Sat, Sun April 17, 18, 9 a.m. to noon
Sat, Sun May 1, 2, 9 a.m. to noon
Welcome to our 2021 Business Partners! 
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P.O.Box 2603, Vashon, WA 98070

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