Any time of the year is a fantastic time to experience Living with the Land and the Behind the Seeds tour at Epcot. A visit around Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates the fall harvest, however, can be even more special.
The Agricultural Sciences team really gets into the holiday spirit. They created a delightful display featuring pumpkins, gourds, hay bales and scarecrows. Throughout the attraction, guests can see fall colors on fruits, vegetables and flowers including pepper “towers,” bitter melons, and even edible flowers like the French marigold.
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- Guests experience a two-acre wonderland of tomato “trees,” cucumbers on strings, hanging pumpkins, floating lettuce and even Mickey Mouse-shaped fruit at The Land Pavilion, making it one of the most unique growing facilities in the world. Visitors gain inspiration for their gardens at home and look at the issues of feeding the world in sustainable and creative ways.
- On the Behind the Seeds tour, guests get a more in-depth understanding of innovative growing practices as agricultural scientists guide guests through the greenhouses and laboratories. Technologies aimed at achieving sustainability are demonstrated, like the careful management of water and nutrients and biological control of insect pests.
- The Land scientists are constantly working to develop growing systems that are both kinder to the environment and improve productivity — for example, figuring out how to grow more crops in less space so people have the food they need and forests and other natural areas are protected.