Our first impressions of Ashan were his tan skin and friendly demeanor. Even though he had just been sweating under the hot sun, he still had the energy to welcome us to his farm. His big smile made us feel like we were close friends that he hadn’t seen in years.
How did AShan, who didn’t grow up in the countryside, decide on becoming a farmer? His family moved to Taipei when he was in the third grade. His family only went back to Taitung during breaks from school to help AShan’s uncle on his farm. Through this, AShan learned how to grow tea and bananas. When AShan graduated from school, he became a motorcycle mechanic. Even though he was a mechanic for eight years, he always longed to go back to the beautiful fields of Taitung. After discussing it with his family, AShan decided to return to his hometown and take up farming.
AShan treats all of his guests like close family friends. He has always grown everything spray-free, so AShan named his farm “AShan’s Organic Shack.” He grows his pumpkins, sweet potatoes, turmeric, and tea without the use of harmful fertilizers or herbicides. AShan sells what he grows directly to his customers. He hopes that everyone can enjoy healthy, delicious, and high-quality produce.