Kids taught importance of farming
A LEISURE FARM in Taiwan has way of inculcating the importance of agriculture in the young minds of kids and their parents. This is at the Tongshan Rice and Tea Resort, a member of the Taiwan Leisure Farms Development Association based in Yilan county. We visited the place recently in the company of other journalists and travel agents. What did we find when we arrived there? About a dozen kids less than ten years old were accompanied by their mothers. The kids were really enjoying straining and mixing the medium for producing mushroom spawns.
Tongshan township is where 40,000 people, mostly farmers, reside. Several years back, Tammy Chien decided to convert an old warehouse into a learning center with a focus on farming. The town’s four main products are rice, mushroom, pomelo, and tea.
At the learning center, the participants experience hands-on do-it-yourself educational activities. In mushroom culture, they don’t only teach how to prepare the planting materials and to grow them. They are also taught to prepare the mushrooms into delicious dishes.
During our visit, shabu-shabu was served with different mushroom species as the main ingredients. The kids who were at a different long table prepared their own lunch also with mushrooms and other vegetables.
For a half-day session, the kids are charged a fee of 250 Taiwan dollars equivalent to R375 in Philippine money. Last year, about 8,000 kids participated in the do-it-yourself educational activities, according to Chien, the lady CEO. That’s apart from the adults who also take part in the activities.
In rice, planting rice is not the only topic
Young kids being taught how to prepare growing medium for mushroom fruiting bags.