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  • Jennifer is a self proclaimed country girl born and raised in Northern California. After joining social media, Jenny met a farmer from North Dakota. She followed her heart all the way to the rural prairies of ND where she is now married to that farmer. Besides spending time with her farmer, Jenny can be found with a camera in hand capturing the world around her, loves the challenges of bringing culture to the North Dakota prairie through a variety of culinary creations, and using her interior design degree to flip their bachelor pad into a home. All of this and more can be found on her photography blog: jldphotographblog.com.
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Well you may or may not have noticed that I've been rather MIA from here! My husband and I took the trip of a lifetime and traveled across the world to get there... We literally just got back from spending 17 days in Southeast Asia. During the course of our trip, we visited Singapore, Cambodia, and Thailand. It was such an awesome trip.. I am still letting it all sink in. It was such an eye opening, humbling, and educating trip to see how that part of the world lives. Things are very different over there from the culture to the houses and finally, the food. But one thing that remains the same even after traveling across the world... agriculture is important no matter WHERE you go. And the diversity of agriculture is apparent EVERYWHERE!

 

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While we were in Singapore, we got to walk through several different markets selling fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats. I was literally in awe with the variety of fruits and vegetables I've never even heard of! Multiple varieties of eggplant... green, purple, and some striped. Vegetables like lotus root, galangal, and kaffir lime. Different sizes, different shapes of the same fruit I'm used to. New fruits like durian, jackfruit, starfruit, and dragonfruit. Vendors cutting up the jackfruit and portioning it to sell.

 

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The diversity of agriculture is abundant even in places like Cambodia which is still very much third world in some parts. Tourism has now taken over as the top source of income in Cambodia, but agriculture is right behind it. We were visiting in the dry season but still driving around the countryside we could see water buffalo grazing in the dry rice patties and handheld tractors being transported down the road. 

 

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In Thailand, fishermen were out fishing for jellyfish. They dry the jellies and export them to Tawain and Korea. Tawain enjoys the tentacles while Korea eats the heads. We actually got to watch them use that long stick with a hook on the end to plop the jellyfish into the boat. We also visited a floating village where they farm fish to clean and dry. In the photo you can see the fish farm and then the children cleaning the fish for drying. They literally salt them and then lay them out on screens in the sun to dry. It is then packaged up and sold. 

 

Three very different countries located worlds away from North America. Yet such variety and importantance placed on agriculture. It's amazing to me that you can travel across the world and still see the influence agriculture has on everyone. Whether it be Singapore who imports most of it's products, Cambodia who still keeps farming alive despite their booming tourism, or an island in Thailand which relies on fishing and the sea to provide for its farmers. Agriculture really is a global economy and is a livelihood for people across the globe. Farmers really are feeding the world whether it be in Asia, North America, South America... agriculture is alive and well no matter where you go! 

 

For more about our trip, you can visit my blog at http://prairiecalifornian.com