Kids taught im­por­tance of farm­ing

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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.

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