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Iwamizawa Agricultural High School

(Japanese translation below)

About a 20 minute walk from Iwamizawa JR Station is the Iwamizawa Agricultural High School. This high school specializes in agricultural science, basic science and technology and was designated a Super Science High School by the Ministry of Education. The school was established in May, 1907. There are a total of 797 students and 114 of those are in the Agricultural Department. Most of the students are males and many of them are 2nd and 3rd generation farmers.

Besides agriculture subjects, students also study English to improve conversation and presentation skills and focuses on improving comprehension and learning English expressions. In addition, students learn how to improve their ability to compose logical sentences. Students also learn mathematics and enhanced logical thinking skills required for science projects and presentations. All of these areas of study are used to conduct exploratory-centered learning, observation and experimentation.

Youth Forum News spoke to teachers Mr. Yasuyuki Ishida and Mr. Mikihiro Takeda. Mr. Ishida transferred to Iwamizawa Agricultural High School from Bihoro High School in 2018. He is highly respected among students. He said he wanted to become a teacher because he was inspired by the teacher in charge of his high school agricultural club. His emphasis is on basic cultivation techniques and business knowledge and skills.

He explained that there are certain certification requirements for the production and sale of agricultural products. Management of the production process must be carried out safely using global GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) standards in order to realize sustainable agricultural products. The Department of Agricultural Science produces 30 to 40 kinds of vegetables, including cucumbers, eggplants, melons and watermelons.

Mr. Takeda teaches in the Department of Life Science and began teaching at the school in 2008. He said that he decided to become a teacher when he was 30 years old. He teaches gardening and distribution, which has a total of 112 students from freshman to senior.

In order to give students valuable hands-on experience, the school holds events which include Green Fairs, Food Fairs. Students sell their goods in “Rock Farming Shops,” which takes its name from the school. The word “Rock” means “Iwa” in Japanese and is taken from the first part of Iwamizawa and “Farming” is for Agriculture.

The most recent Green Fair was held on May 18 and the Rock Farming Shops, where students sell their goods, were also open on June 14. The purpose is for students to learn how to cultivate, grow and then sell flowers, vegetables and dairy products. The most popular flowers at the Green Fair are poinsettia and cyclamen, and the bulbs are sold in winter. Cyclamen are perennial flowering plants, of which there are 23 species.

The Food Fair will be held on Saturday, October 5 at Ario Sapporo (North 7, East 9) and five other locations around Hokkaido. The most popular item at the Food Fair is tomatoes. Other items for sale are processed foods, including meat, milk, butter and ice cream.

Mr. Ishida and Mr. Takeda both stress that there are many points of contact with people in the distribution process, so students must connect with people at the various stages of production, distribution and sales by learning compassion and hospitality. Please visit one or all of the fairs when you have the time. It’s not a long drive from Sapporo and there is plenty of parking available.


太田 沙希



Youth Forum Newsは石田康幸先生と武田幹弘先生の2人の先生に話を伺いました。石田先生は、2018年に美幌高校から岩見沢農業高校に赴任し、出身高校の農業クラブを担当する先生に憧れて、先生になりたいと思ったそうです。授業は、基本的な栽培技術とビジネス知識に重点を置いているそうです。石田先生は農産物の生産と販売には特定の必要条件があると説明し、持続可能な農産物を実現するためには、生産プロセスの管理を安全に実施しなければならないためGAPを導入していると言っていました。農業科学科は、きゅうり・ナス・メロン・スイカなど、30から40種類の野菜を生産しています。 






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