Take your time and tour with the seasons

This time, this publication has designed 32 routes to guide tourists to farms and fields. You may get into the swing of things, take part in various activities, or have a meal with a farming family or a Hakka meal. You may shuttle between small towns in the mountains and listen to their stories. Let this trip along Provincial Highway 3 leave you with rich and warm hospitality and cultural memory, a stark contrast to your past trips which you probably forgot about the moment you finished the trip.

  • Hydrangea、Tung blossom、Lu Bing Hua Loquat、Plum、Peach、Strawberry
  • Orange daylily、Lotus、Cassia fistula Pear、Pitaya、Peach、Grape、Starfruit red jujube、Fairy grass
  • Florist's daisy Pear、Pomelo、Persimmon、Roselle、Grape、Dragon fruit
  • Cherry blossoms、Peach blossom、Plum blossom、Common camellia、Lavender、Cosmos、Sunflower、Rapeseed Persimmon、Strawberry、Kumqua、Orange、 Jujube
  • Papaya、Guava、Lemon、Tomato

Little tidbit

★ What are the six levels of industrialization?

The term "six levels of industrialization" originates from Japan that was intended to liven up the agricultural, forestry, and fishing industries and assist with the transformation of agriculture. Simply put, the term refers to an industrialization of a product by multiplying agricultural production (one level) by agricultural processing (two levels) by product sales (three levels), yielding six levels. This concept of multiplication leads to increased revenue for producers, industrial upgrades, and higher added values.

For example, a persimmon orchard was once simply a place of production. Now, activities such as persimmon picking, guided tour on making dehydrated persimmons, and persimmon dying DIY combine nature, ecology, and culture with production, making the activities educational and transforming pure agriculture into an agricultural leisure industry. Consumers not only get to appreciate the hard work of producers but also learn more about local culture and customs. This connects producers with consumers in a positive cycle.

★ Let's talk about food and agriculture education.

Food and agriculture have been inextricably intertwined since the get-go. In the agricultural age, each family was often responsible for every step in the entire life cycle of an agricultural crop, from production, harvest, processing, to food on the table. However, with the advent of the industrial age, people have been separated further and farther from agriculture. Food, agriculture, and land have almost totally been removed from the daily lives of people in this time and age.

Food safety incidents in recent years have led people to pay more attention to food. Topics like slow food, local production and consumption, low carbon food, and from production to dining room table have been raised. These topics can all be included in the broadly defined food and agriculture education.

Food and agriculture education includes farming experience and dining education. Through hands-on participation and learning, people can rediscover the real relationship between people and food, such as cultivation methods that are friendly to the environment, knowledge of the seasonality of fruits, and correct way of eating. More importantly, this helps people know this land and appreciate their food and environment.