Living in the Village

Growing Food

Living in the Village near Chongqing

This video was made in Luoqi, a small village next to Chongqing. Chongqing is a very big city in southwest China.

In this village most residents make a living by growing vegetables and rice.

More and more people have been going to the city to work. Older residents, like Granny, stay in the village and continue to grow vegetables.





Growing Apples in a Village

Every year around April, apple trees bloom.

The bees pollinate the apple blossoms.

After several weeks, the blossoms’ petals fall off and little fruit appear.

There are too many apples, so farmers cut off the extra fruit. This allows the rest of the fruit to grow better.

Farmers keep the biggest apples.

After June, the apples are almost as big as “Timbits”.

A special paper bag is put on each apple. These bags protect the apples from the birds. This is the busiest time of the year for the farmers.

Bags stay on the fruit until October 1st. During this period, farmers only need to water the apple trees

When the fruit are the right size, farmers remove the paper bags. However, the apples are white like milk, not red, because they have been shielded from the sun.

Farmers remove any leaves that are blocking out the sun.

After October 20th, the apples are mature. It is the happiest time for the farmers.

Here is a video describing the apple harvest:



Do you remember how apples are grown in China?