Autumn is the perfect season for wellness. It's essential to take timely rest for both body and diet to prepare for the coming winter. Embark on a leisurely journey through Taitung's Origin Farm, marvel at the autumn scenery, indulge in seasonal delicacies, and delve into the cultural history, art, and ecological wonders of Chishang. Enjoy a bountiful feast filled with the unique local flavors of Chishang, and immerse yourself in a healing experience that soothes both body and mind.
Origin Farm is a team of cultivators that have been based in Chishang, Taitung, for a long time. They operate in the purest and pollution-free Hualien-Taitung area of Taiwan. Origin Farm has led farmers in using the most natural farming methods, promoting friendly cultivation, and advocating organic collaboration. Origin Farm's rice has won international awards, bringing glory to the local region. Their exclusive rice variety, "Black Fiber Rice," is rich in dietary fiber. It is the only rice brand in Taiwan that has received three international gold medals for its quality. It has also been certified by international labs as a source of dietary fiber. In addition to their main products, which include Black Fiber Rice, Chishang Rice, and instant rice products, they also offer agricultural tour experiences. They invite everyone to come and experience Taitung. (Photo Credit：FB 源天然Origin-米•禮•旅 )
Origin Farm's "Slow Agriculture Tour" offers half and full-day package itineraries. In these activities, participants will experience the process of threshing and milling, learn about these processes, and participate in painting activities. They will also guide everyone along the route of the "Pioneering East Rift Valley Granary Festivities," which begins at the Dapo area, to the riverside park and Highway 197. This visual feast combines art with the beautiful landscapes of the earth. You'll visit art pieces related to rice cultivation, such as "Old Man Fishing in the Dapo Lake," "Eternal Traveler," and “Electric Cow”, among others. It's a relaxing tour of the East Rift Valley Land Art Festival pieces.
Participants in the full-day itinerary will also have the chance to experience DIY bento making and rice soap crafting. Using Origin Farm's Chishang white rice, germ rice, and Black Fiber Rice, you'll get the delicious taste of sushi rice while prioritizing health benefits and texture. In the rice soap DIY activity, you'll create the best soap for your skin using the most natural ingredients.
Apart from the fixed itinerary, you can also choose three additional options:
Option B: Visit the Luye Tea Plantation to enjoy the scenic views and watch paragliders landing and taking off. Watch hot air balloons being inflated and witness the illuminated night show at the Balloon Festival.
Option C: Head to the Zhenxing Tribal Village's highest rice paddy for group games. In the evening, with the backdrop of the setting sun, enjoy a panoramic view of the Chishang rice fields. Indulge in local specialties, with Chishang rice as the star ingredient, combined with local produce and seasonal vegetables. Dine to the accompaniment of relaxed music performed by local artists.
Option D: Explore Dapo Lake, and ride an electric bicycle through the green tunnel by the lake. Admire the flowers and birds while wandering through various art installations. For dinner, savor the local specialties of Chishang rice and free-range, mountain-raised chicken. Enjoy the chewy rice and tender chicken for a delightful and satisfying meal.
All of this falls in line with the original mission of Origin Farm: Planting hope, spreading happiness and creating a core value of unity and mutual benefit. Promoting healthy diets, using them as a pivot point, and leveraging the influence of the public through purchasing, promotes sustainable agricultural practices. This, in turn, increases farmers' income, transforms the economy in rural areas, and revitalizes the complete agricultural ecosystem in the countryside.
Origin Farm's partner farms extend from the Hualien Valley region across the coastal mountains to the coast of Taitung. Through collaborative hard work, the presence of eagles and frogs has increased between villages, and the ecological balance is gradually returning. Many endangered species have been successfully rehabilitated. Origin Farm believes that "when the land is healthy, the crops will be healthy; and consuming healthy crops leads to a healthy body. Whether it's harvesting or consuming these healthy crops, we are the ones who benefit the most." This is the best state for a friendly environment.