Ripe for the picking

(This is great! Knowing where your seed comes from is essential!!! mrjonmoore)

PATTARAWADEE SAENGMANEE

Choncharoen farm showcases vegetables and flowers at its biannual fair

After four years of complete renovation and replanting, Thailand’s largest seed distributor Choncharoen Farm has once again thrown its gates wide to welcome the public to the 2015 edition of the Chia Tai Fair.

With temperatures at a cool winter low, it’s a great time to visit Kanchanaburi and learn about the latest in agricultural innovations while admiring a colourful backdrop of more than 200 species of flowers and plants. The concept for this year’s event, which wraps on Sunday, is “eating rice mainly, eating vegetables as medicine”.

Among the highlights are Atlantic giant pumpkins weighing a massive 80 kilograms, pollinated and hybrid seeds of heirloom plants, fruits and herbs developed by Chia Tai and demonstrations of how to make the very most of personal outdoor space, no matter how small it might be.

Spread over 100-rai and surrounded by mountains, Chonchareon Farm is one of several integrated research stations run by the Chia Tai Group, a seed subsidiary company of food giant Charoen Pokphand Group.

The fair has been held biannually since 1999 in an attempt to educate farmers, gardeners and the public about what is happening in the agro-industry.

“Part of the reason for refurbishing the landscape was to allow better access to visitors in wheelchairs. We want to share our new innovations and technological updates as well as the techniques used in seed nurseries with local agriculturists and also with anyone who may be interested,” says chief operations officer Manus Chiaravanond.