Eco-friendly Cultivation Method Fulfills Multiple Purposes
Nowadays consumers are becoming keener than ever to have organically cultivated pure fruit. With this in mind, Mr. Yeo Soo-hyun has been cultivating grapes using an environmentally-friendly method in his vineyards on ‘Nanhamsan Farm’. ‘Nanhamsan Farm’ is located 20 minutes by road from Gimcheon (in Gyeongbuk-do Province), which is the grape production center of the whole country. And, on this farm, between mid-August and early September, grapes of the ‘Campbell Early’ variety are harvested, which have a good taste with a saccharinity level of 14 Brix or higher, and are completely free of harmful substances.
Cultivation Through Recycling
Mr. Yeo started to grow grapes 23 years ago. He used to employ the conventional cultivation methods till 1995, when he undertook training in eco-friendly grape cultivation, which was arranged by the Korea Natural Farming Association.
With this cultivation method Mr. Yeo does not use any chemical insecticide or fertilizer at all. Instead he uses fermented fodder, chicken excrement, microbes, amino acid, and compost.
Grapes with High Level of Saccharinity
Between mid-August and early September every year, 18 tons or so of ‘Campbell Early’ grapes are harvested from Mr. Yeo’s vineyard. As no agricultural chemicals have been used, the grapes are safe to eat immediately after being dusted off. And, because of their high levels of saccharinity and good quality, they are very popular in department stores and consumers’ cooperative stores near the farm. Mr. Sung In-hyo, of the NAPQMS (National Agricultural Products Quality Management Service), confirmed this: “Nahamsan Farm’s grapes have a high saccharinity level of 14 Brix, and contain no residue of agricultural chemicals at all. So many consumers show keen interest in buying them.”
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