The nomad way of living 野 遊牧

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連續的創業人、生命的學習者、永遠的新鮮人。1949年於四川成都出生,台灣長大,曾定居美國十餘年。為肯夢、肯邦、肯愛、漣漪人基金會、Red Room及Forward Taiwan創辦人,是台灣極具代表的創業家之一。曾出版《生意人‧悅日人‧漣漪人》一書。


格式InFormat Design Curating負責人、元智大學藝術與設計學系兼任講師。畢業於英國愛丁堡藝術學院空間藝術研究所,返台後致力策展與設計領域,特別重視事件的文化基底。熱愛閱讀與料理,不工作的時候,通常把時間消磨在山上或海邊。

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Tomatoes are the favorite in our edible garden. We technically eat the fruit of the tomato plant, but it’s used as a vegetable in eating and cooking. This vine plant is fairly easy to grow and will produce a bumper crop with proper care. We have three different kinds of tomatoes.

This one is Beefsteak Tomatoes, from Ferry Morse seeds. The stalks are real sturdy and they are starting to flower now with the first batch of tomatoes appearing. Can’t wait to see how big they will grow.

Currant tomatoes (野生番茄)

The second type is currant tomatoes (野生番茄), mini in size,  each smaller than a grape, bigger than a pea. They look like cherry tomatoes, just smaller. We discovered two huge bushes, growing wild next to the paddy field.

The third type is the local tomatoes, the common varietal found everywhere in Taiwan. Noticed that their flowers are similar to the wild tomatoes but different from the beefsteak tomatoes. They grew well on our farm and have yielded a lot of tomatoes. Each weighing around 80-100g.

Building edible garden (Part 2 Soil Preparation)

The soil is from our rice paddy and it is clay soil. Clay, silt, and sandy soils all behave differently and have different needs.

The clay soil is mixed with potting soil, organic fertilizer and also rice husk to add some organic elements.sun dried rice husk

Separating out the rocks and clumps. 



Building our edible garden (Part 1 Construction)

There is something satisfying about honest hard work, as the phrase “bread labour” coined by Scott Nearing. This is an experiment to labour for our own food.

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Previous attempts at cultivating the garden failed, primarily due to lack of people caring for it. The first caretaker was good at it but he was temperamental. During his many down moments, the garden was neglected and became overgrown. Then it became too much work for him to reclaim the garden from nature. The second caretaker has a bad back and didn’t like to bend! Now SC, the current caretaker, is young and eager to do manual work.

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One mistake we made before was not preparing the soil, the land was packed full of rocks. Rather than digging into this rocky layer, I decided to build raised bed instead.

Here is a great write up on the benefits of raised bed.

  1. Constructing the raised bed
  2. Soil preparation
  3. Planting and caring


A beautiful find on my morning walk, silvergrass 五節芒

This is a common perennial grass in Taiwan, Miscanthus floridulus 五節芒, commonly known as silvergrass.

They grow all over. Depending on the soil condition, some may be red but they are usually beige/yellow. This is how they look in the wild.

The unfurling of the inflorescence.




Inflorescences turn silvery as the seed sets, with the continuing flower effect of the plumes lasting well into if not through the winter.