'Care farming' and 'healing agriculture' on the rise in S. Korea
Updated: 2022-06-20 10:20:30 KST
This is a parrot experience center in Goheung-gun County, Jeollanam-do Province.
Parrots show off their colorful plumage to visitors, soar into the air in groups before descending to feed.
A horseback riding experience center is also in full swing at a farm set up by a couple who left city life and moved to Jeju Island.
Experiences like these are known as "care farming," or "healing agriculture," and they're becoming popular in South Korea.
"I came to ride horses because my school told me to. It's fun when the horse slows down and then goes faster."
"We hoped to create a friendly environment where people could meet horses. So people come here to meet and feed the horses and experience horseback riding."
Courses are taught at the Gogheung-gun County Agricultural Technology Center to train people how to run these kinds of experience centers.
Even on lazy afternoons, 30 or so people fill the classrooms eager to learn.
"It seems that Goheung, which is currently falling behind in industrialization, has become a great place to develop and educate people about healing agriculture."
The center is over 7 hectares big and before the pandemic, about 20-thousand people came from all over the country.
"Goheung is called a "roofless art museum" because of its beautiful mountains, sea, and clean farmlands. I think this natural environment is the best place to develop 'healing agriculture' for modern people to recover their exhausted minds and bodies."
Officials say they aim to establish the region as a mecca for care farming and healing agriculture by setting the industry standards.
Jeong Eun-joo, Arirang News.