1. Description of Our Community
Hsichou Township is located in the extreme south of Changhua County and just situated in the floating and overlying place of Siluo River in the east of Zhuoshui River mainstream. It is originally named as “Xizhou” as it is the sandbar of stream. Later, it is renamed as “Hsichou”. In 2011, government planned to set Phase 4 of Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP-4) in the Erlin, and it was originally scheduled to carry out river closure from Tzutsaipi Ditch, but the heated dabate on the allocation problem of water resources was triggered due to farmers' resistance. In the end, government accepted the good advice to transform CTSP-4 into precision machinery park and cancel the water diversion project. Farmers in Hsichou established Hsichou Shangshui Water Farmer Co. Ltd and actively promote non-toxic and friendly farming methods so as to retrieve the dignity of agriculture and the hope of sustainable agriculture. So far, Shangshui Rice, Local Food Materials, Agricultural Bookstore, Paddy Wetland and other projects have become the representatives for the successful transformation of non-toxic agriculture in Hsichou.
2. Summary of Our Project
This research took Hsichou Shangshui Water Farmer Co. Ltd as the subjects to understand the origin and spirit of this team and deeply understand the 4 projects promoted by the company at present. In this way, people can have a better understanding of the development of sustainable agriculture in Hsichou Township, and it is expected that people can have a deeper understanding of Taiwanese agriculture and realize the importance of Taiwanese agriculture with the leading of this research. The objectives for this research are as follows: A. To understand the idea of company’s set-up, development process and management conditions. B. To understand the reason that Cheng Gong Hotel is used as Agricultural Bookstore and to introduce the diverse activities held by bookstore. C. To introduce the impetus process of ecological restoration project for Hsichou Shangshui Rice ~ Paddy Wetland as well as the idea course of farmers’ participation. D. To introduce the Happy Pear~Pear Paradise in Hsichou and to explore the friendly agricultural idea and warm human relationship behind the Happy Pear. E. To understand the project that the local food materials are adopted for lunch in the kindergarten promoted by Hsichou Township Office and to explore the issue of safe food materials for nutritional lunch.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Chunghwa Telecom FTTB, 100mb for downloading, 50mb for uploading
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1.In the aspect of research topic fromulated: Hsichou Township is still unclear about what characteristics they are. we decided to extend and discuss various projects and activities to conclude the concrete agricultural characteristics in Hsichou. 2.In the aspect of composition and division of labor of research team: The division in theme was carried out according to everyone’s specialty and interest. 3.In the aspect of arrangement in research time: we made use of the time of local camp course in summer holiday for lecture and field survey the lunch break on Tuesday was used for the modification of report content, data supplement and website. 4.In the aspect of information technology: we have learned not only web page making but also photo’s editing and compiling. 5.In the aspect of data collection and writing of research report: Teachers arranged many course units to teach us how to take photos to find a view how to photograph how to make an interview and how to make a record.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Land, water, guava and farmers have interweaved the most unsophisticated and precious rural culture in Hsichou Township! Thanks to this Cyberfair project, we finally have a chance to approach the land where we stand on and further understand the greatness of land and farmers. Though this Cyberfair project, we have a deep feeling that the non-toxic and friendly food will not be produced to maintain our life without the enthusiastic and persistent farmers as well as their brave trying and challenge in new agricultural management methods, although “water” is the basis of agricultural development. Hsichou Shangshui Water Farmer Co. Ltd is the pride of the folks in Hsichou. It is believed that it will be the pride of Taiwanese with the joint effort of the company and farmers.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1.We have constructed the integrated theme and learning contents rooted in the living and local community. We have learned the ability of using information technology correctly. 2.We have known that computer networks can help us learn deeply and is also terrific platform for knowledge exchange. We have learned to cooperate and shoulder the responsibility, as well as the attitude of being brave to face and solve the problems. 3.We have learned the research ability and spirit. Through research subject, research framework, research questions, interview, literature collection, data analysis, report and web page making, we have constructed the knowledge of non-toxic agriculture in Hsichou. 4.We learned the knowledge in the textbooks, and the surrounding persons and things with care and giving.