In July, his mother became paralysed leaving him responsible for her care. He is pictured above feeding his 91-year-old mother meals by using an instrument held between his teeth.
The 48-year-old eventually learned how to cook, plant wheat, peel corn and even weave baskets with his feet. Now, he also looks after the family plot, in addition to a flock of 24 sheep, two buffaloes and four hens.
Using his feet all year round has taken its toll and the farmer suffers severely from frostbite in the winter.
In China, people with disabilities such as Mr Chen’s often turn to begging as a source of income finding other avenues of employment closed to them. However, Mr Chen has chosen not to take charity.
"I have no arms but I have good feet," reported local news agencies.