“For example, they like to walk on the trails in the woods that are rarely used by humans,” he says.
KEEPING IT LOCAL
Jiaopu, like most farming villages in Taiwan, has long suffered a youth drain. Young adults move away for school and work, leaving the elderly and youngsters at home to keep the farm going. The foundation also sets its mission to support the farming industry in the community by bridging local producers with urban consumers. Visits to nearby orchards and dairy farms are arranged for participants to meet and talk to local farmers and producers.
“We would like to help local farmers make their conventional farming more environmentally-friendly, and at the same time, bring in the support of consumers and let them know that making better choices when consuming can lead to a more sustainable way of life,” Chiang says.
On June 15 and June 16 at Lishanshu, visitors will have a chance to learn how to build ridges between paddy fields using cobblestone. The registration deadline is tomorrow. Since the learning center provides a variety of activities all year round, groups of 20 people or more are welcome to make reservations for the activities of their choice. More information can be found at the foundation’s Web site: www.kskk.org.tw/satoyama.