They get together, play in a wading pool, make detox juices and have barbecue potlucks on their rooftop. Pajeori, a cooperative of young farmers, is an enjoyable group to hang out with. However, that doesn’t mean that Kim Na-hee and her friends aren’t a serious bunch of farmers. They harvest different vegetables and herbs every season, including tomatoes, basil, corn and potatoes, on a rooftop in Gusu-dong and at their government-supported community garden near Nodeul Island. Their goal is to help single-person households achieve self-sufficiency. They meet up on this rooftop every week from March to late October, cook what they’ve harvested from their farms, drink beer and hold cooking classes. What does it take to be a part of this co-op? Kim and her friends are pretty inclusive—the monthly 10,000 won fee (which goes towards rent and maintenance fees for the venue) and an open mind are all you need.
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