organicharvest

Since the time agriculture in Vietnam started to become more than just rice, and cultivation became an economic investment, farmers have had the habits of cutting and regrowing, changing their crops as the prices fluctuate. This is a harmful practice, an incurable syndrome in almost any Vietnamese farmer’s mind. They change their crops constantly like fashion changes, and inflicts heavy environmental damage. When it comes to blinded by greed, no example is more widespread and relevant than agriculture in Vietnam. This is why despite having natural advantages, Vietnam has not created a sustainable economy based on agriculture from the time its communist party took power. So what do farmers do to deserve such criticism? Twelve years ago, I could remember fruits such as longan, rambutan and mango dominating the sphere of horticulture. Pretty much every kind of money flow resolves around these sweet fruit. Back then their big market are northern Vietnam and China, where cold c..
I got two weeks off traveling to prepare for the IELTS certificate. During those days I stayed in the city. Now that I am back to the provinces there are some changes in the landscape. The monsoon rain had intensified in the past half month, and the storm season was at the door, with more rain and winds. Thus the barren landscape of the post-harvest fields is now filled with greens. It is during this rainy season that the farmers here in Dong Nai cultivate rice. Unlike farmers in the Southern Delta, farmers in the highland have two harvests of corn during the long dry season and one harvest of rice in the shorter and more intense rain season. There is one kind of farm product that appears during the raining days. It is called termite mushroom. The name is from the fact that this mushroom only grows on and around the dunes that the termites make their hive. Another characteristic in that it only grows after a long night of raining, and soon withers in the daylight. The mushroom h..
It has now been one and a half month into the rainy season. Aside from the greener landscape, rain has brought more bounties. The market my mum went to today are full of fish, all kinds of freshwater fish. To the southern people fish may seem a common food, but that only counts if you are from the Cuu Long Delta. And even there the fish may not be organic, as it is the biggest marine cultivator in the country. In the highland it is different, we do not have many rivers aside from Dong Nai river and La Nga river, and absolutely no canals. The main source of water here are from small streams and drilled wells, so come the many local names of this place: Suoi Cao, Suoi Nho…or Suoi Ret, each has the word “stream” in there. Such a place where there are only red soil and mountains but no river, not many people raise fish, so the ones in the market are all natural. And the rainy season is the time they mature and reproduce. You can find many kinds of fish here which also exist in the..
Today I am back to visiting pepper groves. After half a month there are many significant changes. With the monsoon rain season three weeks into its duration, the groves which have been recovered from the nematode diseases two months ago now get to their next step: blooming. The ones that is stilled plagued by root rot and root galls have no hope of harvesting this season, the number of these groves are considerable and they appear here and there on my way into the black pepper zone of Suoi Cao, about 15 km from our headquarter in Xuan Loc. But as the rain brings new leaves and flower spikes, the elevated moisture in the air has bred another plague: a type of leafhopper insect. They are a common pest that can be found on other plants like rice or citrus trees. On pepper plants they are particularly destructive, despite being easy to cull. I visited the grove of farmer Thinh, the guy who has his grove attacked by these insect not long ago, but he was quick enough to spray them..
I got two weeks off traveling to prepare for the IELTS certificate. During those days I stayed in the city. Now that I am back to the provinces there are some changes in the landscape. The monsoon rain had intensified in the past half month, and the storm season was at the door, with more rain and winds. Thus the barren landscape of the post-harvest fields is now filled with greens. It is during this rainy season that the farmers here in Dong Nai cultivate rice. Unlike farmers in the Southern Delta, farmers in the highland have two harvests of corn during the long dry season and one harvest of rice in the shorter and more intense rain season. There is one kind of farm product that appears during the raining days. It is called termite mushroom. The name is from the fact that this mushroom only grows on and around the dunes that the termites make their hive. Another characteristic in that it only grows after a long night of raining, and soon withers in the daylight. The mushroom has a..