Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Mushroom Farm: A Field Trip

My wife and I accompanied my daughter's class on a field trip to a mushroom farm in one of the local mushroom growing centers, Hsinshe. Mushrooms have been an important crop since they were promoted as an export crop in the 1950s. Anyway, I've created a website about the trip here.


Anonymous said...

Clyde Said:

You know this is the crop my own family in Taiwan used to grow, so I've spent many a day picking mushrooms in the huge sheds! Not easy work. Looks like you all had a good time. Field trips in Taiwan are so great because not far away is always something so interesting.

Mickey said...

Beautiful and fascinating pictures....thank you.

Nice beetles too!

STOP_George said...


I just noticed that you have a picture of Keelung on Title banner.

You know that's Keelung and not Taichung, right?

Anonymous said...

The company I used to work for used the "mushroom" theory to manage employees. Keep 'em in the dark, feed them a bunch of sh*t, then cut 'em off at the knees.

Michael Turton said...

Hell yes its Keelung, took the pic myself. Keelung looks better than Taichung, let's face it. I just liked the picture...

STOP_George said...

Keelung looks better than Taichung!!!

Are you running for mayor of that city, Michael? Ahh, come visit Keelung -- where the air is as thick as a hotpot and where you look forward to the smell of stinky tofu -- to make you forget about the sweet smell of raw sewage.

Keelung is one of the most polluted and ugliest cities in Taiwan IMHO -- thanks to the corrupt KMT political presence there. Even my wife's family (it's my wife's hometown) thinks so.

However, after being there for 3 years, it sort of grew on me -- like bathroom mould. I grew used to the "character" and I sincerely miss it now.

Don't get me wrong, though. It COULD be a beautiful port city. But when the mayor builds a massive 3 story parking garage in front of the most scenic part of the city, and then uses taxpayers money to pay a friend to hang flowers off of the sides of the city's alumimum garbage cans (if you can find one) -- it ain't gonna happen.

Keelung, I'm told, was once a very beautiful city, though -- many moons ago. Let's hope it finds a mayor that puts things back in order.

Nice pic, though -- Michael :>)

Sorry about the rant.

Sebastian Turton said...

Good job on the pictures. I pick mushrooms too.

Michael Turton said...

Yeah, I often mourn the lost potential of Keelung. But Taichung is just butt-ugly, lying across the western plain like a smear of crushed cockroach on a tiled floor. Not. a. pretty. sight.