HOT PRESS
Vol.535 October 12, 2016

Look, Touch, and Learn the Process of Growing Fresh Delicious Vegetables.

Children observing the roots of small-sized Chinese cabbages grown long.

Children observing the roots of small-sized Chinese cabbages grown long.

“Aeon Cheers Club Farmer’s Program,” has launched; Children can experience growing various vegetables at Aeon’s directly operated farms.

Aeon has started “Farmer’s Program” at its directly operated farms across Japan in which elementary and junior high-school students can experience farming several times. The Program aims to have children understand the mechanism of plants and roles of soil through experiencing planting seedlings and harvesting, as well as environmentally-friendly vegetable farming in a consistent way. On September 22, Aeon invited 18 children to Aeon Hyogo Miki-Satowaki Farm for the first session as a first step of the Program which is to be completed in three sessions. In the Program, children dug up growing cabbages to understand the roles of its leaves and roots, and learned that the size of leaves, the length and the size of roots vary depending on its growing stage. Moreover, children also touched seedlings of small-sized Chinese cabbages after 20 days of seeding, observed its roots grown long to absorb nutrients in the soil, and planted them in the field. Some children excitedly commented “We can’t wait to come back here and see how big they have grown.” In the second session, children will learn about soil through observation of composting which utilizes food waste collected in Aeon Group’s stores. In the last session, they are to harvest the small-sized Chinese cabbages planted in the first session, and taste them.