If you’ve ever wanted to see the circle of life in action, take a trip to Green Cow Organic Farm. At this sustainable farm, nothing is wasted or taken for granted. The land covers 85 Chinese acres (almost five hectares), and there are ten cows, 30 pigs (for eating), 200 hens for egg and 20 geese to protect them. Half of what is produced on the farm goes to its Shunyi restaurant, Mrs. Shanen’s. The other half is for the farm’s members who receive a case of seasonal organic vegetables each week.
Crops in the field include winter wheat, soup peas, potatoes, and garlic. The greenhouse houses mint, rosemary, fennel and more. Every plant and animal has its place on the farm; Cow manure and other organic matter are composted. Even the toilet is a compost toilet, otherwise known as clivus multrum, a design originated in Sweden. It really is odorless! You would have to see it to believe it.
Below is just a glimpse into organic farm life. To get the full effect, check it out in person! This month, there will be two tours at Green Cow Organic Farm: One is tomorrow – on Sunday, May 6 and the next one is Saturday, May 26. Tours are an hour-long and begin at 9.30am sharp. Fare is RMB 50 per person. Contact Matt at Beijinggreencowfarm@gmail.com for more info.
Photos by Kara Chin