"I will always stay here. I like to take care of these vegetables."
Xu Fengxia's case is a little different. As a farmer with no farmland in her name, she had grown green vegetables in the vegetable base of the Chinese Academy of Agriculture for six years. Now it's been eight years since she started growing organic vegetables on the eco farm of Liuminying Village.
Xu Fengxia has a lot to say when it comes to nurturing the seedlings of organic vegetables. 'It was really difficult in the beginning. No use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides is allowed. It was so painful to see my own seedlings killed by pests that I would cry'. Xu Fengxia began to seek every opportunity to ask for experts' help and she herself continued to accumulate relevant experience. She would stay in the vegetable garden longer than anyone else. Efforts pay off in due time. The seedlings she nurtures turn out better and better and all the people on the farm compliment her on her strong sense of responsibility. But Xu Fengxia thinks she is only doing her part, 'I am asked to nurture seedlings, so I will try my very best to do so. I can't have people cursing me when I am gone! '
She also stresses that after so many years of experience in the field, she has come to fully appreciate the benefits of growing organic vegetables. 'The cabbages grown on farmland using carbamide tastes sour, but the cabbage in our garden tastes sweet and has great texture.' She also says that she knows there are many other benefits of having organic vegetables, but 'I am too dumb to put them into words. Still, whenever I have the chance I will try to persuade my friends, relatives or acquaintances to grow organic vegetables or buy organic vegetables'
When asked about her future plan, she says that 'I will always stay here. I like to take care of these vegetables.'