The largest sunflower farm is in Northern Taiwan. The rows of farmland at Sun & Green are estimated to have 10,000 crowns of yellowcolor each year.
The leisure farm was founded in 2001 by a graduate of the plant industry program at the University of Science and Technology. He turned the land into a 54,000 square-foot paradise.
Sunflowers are not native to Taiwan. The blooms, best captured in popular imagination byVincent van Gogh ‘s swirling studies in yellow, have become a mainstay in Taiwan. The flower roots were first cultivated in North America as early as 3000 BC. Spanish explorers brought the seeds across the Atlantic during the 1500s, and by the early 19th century Russians mass farmed the plant for its seeds and oil, making it explode in popularity around the globe.
In order to meet market demands in the second half of the 20th century, Taiwan got into the flower market, which has been around since at least the 1600s. Over the course of five years, the acres of land used for flower cultivation had doubled.
After Taiwan became a member of the World Trade Organization in 2002, so-called leisure farms, which grow flowers and high-quality foodstuff, became a way forward for Taiwan ‘s agriculture industry, which struggled to compete head on with larger international markets. To help boost these farms, Taiwan ‘s government started promoting agricultural tourism to draw visitors to the doorsteps of boutique growers. The Council of Agriculture Minister said in 2008 that the continued influx of flower fans has helped turn Taiwan into a “ world-class flower island ”.
Taiwan has a bounty of sunflowers that is related to the country ‘s push against genetically modified crops. In 2012 the Council of Agriculture launched a fallow land program. Growers will be given incentives to let farmland rest for a period of time before planting crops. Adding to the proliferation of the sunny blossoms in Taiwan is the act of Sunflowers. Not only are the bright flowers good for the soil, but they ‘re easy on the eyes and have become the poster plant for fallow land all over the country.
There are fields at Sun & Green. Yong-lin has bred his flowers to stand waist-high so that visitors can easily pick their own plants. The flower growing process is explained to visitors at the farm.
There are at least 11 different types of sunflowers. They are also found in the restaurant at the farm. Visitors can order up more imaginative mash-ups likesunflower sausage and sunflower ice cream while sipping a cup of tea.
The farm grows lavender and snapdragons in the winter and lilies in the spring, but the season for sunflowers ends in November. The bright yellow blooms will take a bow in Taiwan as part of the spectacular Xinshe Sea of Flowers Festival, which will take place in November.
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