A Post-1985s Girl from Luoyang Becomes a New “Farmer” in Her Hometown after Graduation
Born in Luoyang, the 34-year-old Xie Jingjing, majoring in computer, was graduated from Gansu Agricultural University. She could have been a white collar working in the office, but she firmly decided to be a “farmer” in the new era in her hometown despite the opposition from her family. From a green hand planting 20 mu of strawberries to an expert with 45 mu of strawberries and grapes, Xie Jingjing experienced many hardships, but realized her dream of being a “farmer” in the new era.
“Three years after graduation, I changed three jobs, but I still felt lost. I was wondering what career would fulfill my self-value? This was not the life I want.” Xie Jingjing told the reporter.
During the Spring Festival of 2011, Xie Jingjing’s uncle told her, “Since the government is vigorously supporting agricultural development, the new agricultural planting mode will have a bright future.” The words inspired Xie Jingjing. After careful consideration, she made up her mind.
At the beginning of her business, Xie Jingjing contracted 20 mu of land in Shilitou village. With 110,000 yuan lent from her uncle and 190,000 yuan loans from the bank, she started growing strawberries and mini watermelons. Lacking experience, she missed the best planting time and earned less than 80, 000 yuan. “It's not enough to pay workers.”
Facing business failure, Xie Jingjing began to learn from others. She visited strawberry producing areas in Beijing, Tianjin and Wuhan, and asked for advice from the experienced farmers nearby. With the advanced management techniques, and green and organic planting methods, the quality of her strawberries and watermelons has been greatly improved.
“Other grape planters usually believe that the weeds will badly influence the grape growth concerning sunshine, water and fertilizers, so they pull up them. In fact, the weeds are best fertilizers, so I never pull up them. Instead, the weeds will be cut regularly and thrown in the field directly. The decomposed weeds will become the best fertilizers.” Xie Jingjing was proud of her creative idea.
At present, Xie Jingjing’s family doesn’t support her dream, but she is hopeful for the future. “Some people ask me how hard it is to start a business, and I will tell him that the first is to have a good business plan, and then stick to it, and finally your dream will come true.”