We're half way through my instagram take over with shots and stories from my time in Hanoi. As a recap - this is ari the Finance & Ops manager. Today Ha and I went to visit Kim Son Farm in Co Loa (just outside of Hanoi). The farm was started three years ago by Chinh, a 26 year old man excited to do something a bit different. Chinh operates his farm using organic practices, something uncommon in Vietnam. He said that when he started the farm his family was concerned. A year later he had convinced them to join the team. By not using chemical fertilizers or pesticides Chinh is helping to rebuild the soil nutrients on his farm. He makes his own compost using bird droppings and weeds from the farm which get added to the soil before each planting. He grows a variety of vegetables and fruits including water spinach, lemon grass, luffa, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, papaya, pomelo, and bananas. Because organic farming isn't something his customers are familiar with Chinh uses QR codes to help show customers his growing practices. They can see where the plants are growing on the farm, when it was harvested, and how many times it was fertilized. Oh, and the papaya tastes amazing.
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