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Green Drinks lecture on food safety and environmental protection

Zhao's Farm

June 16th, Monday, 7:30 – 9:00 pm (free entry)

 

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) at Anlong Village – In the Words of a Local Farmer

To reduce the impact of non-point-source rural pollution on Chengdu’s rivers, and promote sustainable rural development, Chengdu Urban Rivers Association (CURA) launched its ‘Upstream Ecological Model Village’ project in 2005, at Anlong Village. Through a closed-loop ecological system that comprises of ecological farming, biogas digesters, composting toilets, and household wastewater treatment systems, CURA sought to protect the rivers by improving the rural environment.

Ecological farming is of course a key component of the Anlong ecological system, and is operated on the Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. Since 2005 dozens of farming households have attempted the ecological farming component, and currently there are 9 households that have persisted with the CSA. These ecological farmers have abandoned the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, work in their fields mostly by hand, and operate weekly deliveries to send healthy, safe, and fresh produce to their ‘clients’ in Chengdu. They are also an experienced lot, having practiced ecological farming for the past 7-9 years.

On Monday, we are pleased to have invited an ecological farmer from Anlong Village, Mr. Zhao Fugui, to share his joys and challenges in the practice of CSA. We sincerely welcome all who are concerned with food safety and environmental protection to join us in this conversation, and explore together the future of the CSA model here in Chengdu!

6月16号,周一,晚上7:30-9:00

安龙村社区支持农业——一位农友的探索与坚持

为减轻农村面源污染对成都河流的影响,推动农村可持续发展,成都城市河流研究会于2005年启动了府南河上游生态示范村项目,尝试通过生态农业+沼气池+旱厕+生活灰水处理系统的生态循环模式来治理农村环境以达到保护河流的目的。

其中生态农业是最为关键的一环,以“社区支持农业”作为项目操作方式。05年至今先后有十几户农友加入项目,目前仍在坚持的有9户,他们不用农药、化肥,大部分田间劳作通过人力完成,每周把健康、安全、新鲜的蔬菜送到成都的“客户”家中;这些农友最长的坚持了9年,最短的也有7年。

16日晚,我们邀请了安龙村农友赵富贵大哥来到成都,和我们分享他在实践这种“另类”农业模式中的苦与乐。真诚地欢迎关心食品安全和河流保护的朋友参与活动和我们共同探讨社区支持农业存在的问题和发展前景!

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