Gong Xuemei (龚雪梅)

Gong Xuemei lives with her older sister Gong Ting aka Lucy and their parents on their farm.

Xuemei is a a middle school student. She took us on one of my favorite adventures of the trip. Before we sat down to the delicious lunch her sister prepared, Xuemei took us around their farm showing us the chili pepper fields and ducks in the stream. Eventually she led us up a wooded path to a muddy, clay field where they grow peanuts!

Liu Laoshi, Kevin and Xuemei in the peanut field

She showed us how to properly pick out the peanut plants, shake loose the dirt and pick off the nuts nestled in their roots.

Xuemei and me with some of our peanut plants

Here’s our team leader Kevin with a basket full of freshly picked peanuts:

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