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Growing greens in the Seoul, Korea


Yang Hee-sook (right) and her family visit their allotment at the Daewon Weekly Farmstay in Seocho-gu on October 6 to take care of their cabbages. Photo by Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald.

On 23,000 square metres of land here, where the Seoul Metropolitan Government had once planned to build an opera house, lies the city’s new dream of a greener future.

By Kim Young-won and Sang Youn-joo
The Korea Herald
13-10-2012

Excerpt:

With beads of sweat dripping from their foreheads and the tips of their noses, groups of people work on a Saturday morning watering vegetables and crops, pulling out weeds and scattering organic fertilizer over fields.

If it wasn’t for the wall of skyscrapers in the not-so-distant background, the scene could be mistaken for a typical farm field in the countryside.

Yet, this is Nodeul Island in the Han River, right in the middle of Seoul.

On 23,000 square metres of land here, where the Seoul Metropolitan Government had once planned to build an opera house, lies the city’s new dream of a greener future.

“Seoul promotes urban farming for wide-ranging benefits in community building, environment and citizens’ quality of life,” said Song Im-bong, director of an urban farming department at Seoul Metropolitan Government.

More citizens are taking a look at urban agriculture as they seek out locally grown fresh produce and opportunities to reconnect with the earth, get their children to like healthy foods and have some physical exercise.

Kwon Young-hoo, professor at Korea National College of Agriculture, said urban farms could bring about a vitalising effect to city life.

Read the complete article here.