Phase 1: Posing Real Questions

Updated 5 years 6 months ago

In general I know that China is a very big supplier to everyone around the world. China will continue to do well in supplying crops around the world because China has a vast amount of healthy land to grow many different types of crops. I know that China is virtually stable for growing rice, wheat, and corn. I also know that farming is one of the more major jobs in china partly because farmers have to  feed their family. They do this because farming may be a hard job but most of the time it feeds the families and puts a roof over their head. I also know that china uses more pesticides then using a method called mixed cultivation. If China uses mixed cultivation they can cut down on the money usage of buying pesticides. Based on conversations 

    - I know that my topic is going to be farming

    - I know that I will be focusing on the economics of farming

    - I know that china grows crops such as: Soy, wheat, rice, potatoes, corn, apples, tea...

    - I know that the best time of year for many types of crops to grow is: spring, summer, fall

    - I know that in southern China you can grow more tropical fruits and spices

As I said earlier, I learned these things online. China does not say everything about farming online. Some things may be blocked, so sometimes it was a struggle to find out things about my topic. When the internet would not give me the information that I needed, I went to my parents to ask them questions. Sometimes they could not answer the questions and sometimes they could. If my parents and the internet could not answer my questions, I would go to the library to find some information.

During my inquiry project I want to learn how the Chinese plant their crops. Is their a certain way to plant you crops during certain seasons? Also I would like to know if their are any traditional foods that they plant all year round or for special occasions. If there are any native foods to southern China that people not might know about today I would like to try those foods and maybe be able to plant them too. Besides their foods, I would like to know more about how they work and how long they work. I always wonder what time they have to get up in the morning because of how big their land is. To keep that amount of land healthy for a long period of time must be a lot of hard work. Saying that they might get up early to farm, what time do most farmers stop farming at.  

As I was learning about farming, I had some major questions in mind that might help me when i get to the village. These questions will have answers that are italicized under them. I answered these questions with out any additional research. Here they are:

1. If a natural disater happens during the Big Spring, what will the farmers do?

The farmers will be upset, but they cant do anything about the disater

2. If the land owner can not get any workers for the two seasons, what will he do?

He/she will tend to the fields by them selfs

3. Who do they sell their crops too?

I think mostly around China. I think this because other countries do not trust China's pesticide use.

4.  Are their more female or male workers in the fields?

From what I have seen here in XiZhou, I have seen more female workers in the fields instead of the male farmers 

5. If the farmers do not give the fields a break from all the crops, and the field is ruined, do they have to find another job?

I think they would have to find another job.

6. Do they rotate certain crops depending on the season?


7. What are the gender and ages of the people who work in the fields?

I see more men and boys out their in the field. They would probably start working at the age of 10

8. Do the farmers get many breaks?

The farmers probably get breaks once or twice a day to eat

9. If the half of the crops turn out to be dead, how will the land owner react and what will he do? 

If the crops turn out to be dead, the land owner would be very upset. He would probably tell the worker that he has to plant new crops as soon as possible

10. If one of the farm workers gets sick, does another family member or friend fill in his position until he is not sick?

This all depends on the land owner. The land owner would have a bunch of people in line if one of the farm workers gets sick

Being on different people's websites I know that I want to start soon as possible. I also do not want to procrastinate and do it last minute because then my work will not look like a 8th grades work. More specifically into my topic, I know that farmers use many tools to help them out in the fields. I would like to find out what to they use in order to harvest the plants. This might help me when I get out there and start working!

Since I have finished asking questions, I can start researching about my topic in phase 2. Here is a link that will get you to the website easier: Phase 2 research

These are some answers that i found from online on background knowledge.

Jillian's website...

These are the question that I have dropped: 


Are there any native foods to southern China that people might not know about? If so, why do the farmers still plant them?

How often do the actual workers who tend to the fields get paid?

How much do the actual workers get paid?




Inquiry Project


Wow, Matt. This is a lot of interesting information. It looks like you have already learned quite a bit about agriculture in China. What a fascinating topic. I am sure that when you arrive in Yunnan (tomorrow!), you will see first hand some of the things you have studied. Bravo! I look forward to hearing all about the new facts you learn. 

I am in XiZhou now! The sun is shining and the air is clean. It is so peaceful and quiet here and everybody is so friendly. I can't wait to get out into the fields and work with the farmers. I also cant wait to get out into the village and start asking questions about my topic! The final thing that I am excited about is the service learning project. I will be really cool to learn about the past in XiZhou!