Thursday, August 12, 2010

Harvesting Sunflower Seeds For A Living

How do China's peasant farmers make a living these days? Well, they grow any kind of crop that they can, including sunflowers. Seeds of all kinds (including from watermelons) are all the rage among China's working classes. So what you can do to make a bit of money is grow sunflowers, harvest the flowers, and use sticks to literally pound the seeds out. Spread the seeds out on your roof for drying, and you are ready to take them to market.

~Steve

PS: With most men of working age absent from small villages (they are in big cities, working in relatively more lucrative jobs like construction), the bulk of this work falls to women of all ages and their children and grandchildren.

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