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China: 2000m² in Heinigou

[caption id="attachment_9465" align="aligncenter" width="300"]2000 m2 in China Xingmei Long on her field in Heinigou, photo: Luise Körner[/caption]

In South China there is on average 1000 m² of available arable land there per farmer and it needs to grow anything that can be consumed by the farmer and their family or otherwise can be sold at market. We have found three farmers, Xingmei Long, Ianhua Zhang and Shaolan Zhang, who have volunteered a piece of the their land to demonstrate the 2000 m² idea.

All three farmers live in Heinigou, a village near Kunming, Southern China. Each farmer provides for their families by themselves. While all the farmers grow maize, Xingmei Long grows a regional type of potato, Ianhua Zhang also grows various types of cabbage and turnips and lastly, Shaolan Zhang produces tobacco as well. They all breed pigs and chickens and all the animals are free to roam around. In the past farmers had cultivated mostly rice in these parts of China, but due to frequent droughts they have switched to other more reliable crops.

Our partner organisation PEAC (Pesticides Eco-Altenatives Network) is supporting the project site at Heinigou and shares the stories and events happening on the 2000 m² field in Heinigou in our blog.

2000m²

An independent farmer

Once a month, a group of women dressed in the Miao ethnicity’s traditional dresses and their hair pinned-up in a bun enters the farmer’s market in the city of Kunming in South China. They come from Heinigou, a mountain village around 50 kilometers away from Kunming. …

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A Miao woman holds up half the sky

Zhang Shaolan in Heinigou village in Yunnan Province is one of three farmers who are showing us how they make a living from 2000m² of arable land in South China. Each of them owns roughly 1 Mu, which is 666m². The farm work on Zhan Shaolan’s field generates …

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Long Xiufen’s new house in Heinigou

Long Xiufen in Heinigou village in Yunnan Province is one of three farmers who are showing us how they make a living from 2000m² of arable land in South China. Each of them owns roughly 1 Mu, which is 666m². Just like most people in the Heinigou village …

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Our little global field in China

Our little 2000 m² global field project in Berlin is growing bigger. Recently there was a 2000 m² project set up in China. There is on average 1000 m² of available arable land there per farmer and it needs to grow anything that can be consumed …

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