So I’ve been here in 순창 (Sunchang), South Korea, for a few days now and am constantly surprised at how many different things are being cultivated throughout the city. Simply walking one or two blocks around here will lead you to stumble upon green onions, salad, persimmon trees, corn, chili, rice and more. It’s honestly quite difficult to find a plot of land here that’s not being used in some way or another. I talked to my dear friend Hannah about this, and she basically said that it’s absolutely necessary to utilize all of the land because they have to feed 50 million people on a piece of land a bit bigger than Maine. Seeing veggies growing all over the place, and each and every family doing it, is a tad bit inspiring for getting my project up and running with families throughout Antonito and Conejos County taking part.
Here’s a picture of some corn being grown right next to the sidewalk and in front of some public building:
And here’s a cute little chili pepper that I found growing next to the road (this area is famous for 고추장, Gochujang, a fermented red chili sauce):
I was heading out to hike the nearest mountain here in Sunchang and was walking on these cool rubber-coated sidewalks they have here. I’m glad I looked down at one point because there was a long tarp laid out with a ton of rice drying on it. Apparently this is something they do with most of their produce here. Yesterday I made a trip out to the Yellow Sea and saw a bunch of rice drying out in the emergency lane on the highway!
And here’s a little dose of inspiration. This pretty little guy’s got a ways to go before he gets to the top of the tree, but I’m sure he’s like, “Heck yes, I’m gonna climb this tree! There’s no stopping me now!”