Sustainable agricultural and organic farming is an alternative way to live life, preserve a civilization, and also protect spirit in Northern Thailand.
Ek-ii-aek-aekkk. . .the Thai language call มรภ.สวนสุนันทา of the roosters sparked me out of my warm, comfy mattress. I can peek the sunlight beams halfway through the walls and under the door. I can sense chilly, white fog of the Thailand highlands morning while walking to help my host mother prepare veggies to sell in the market.
“You seem tired. Why don’t you go back to your bed and sleep longer?” , Mae Ratri inquired lightly. Mae inside this case means’mother’ and could be the way to deal with ones host mother; for around 2 weeks I had been blessed to have Mae Ratri Kruengngern’s as my mother. Mae Ratri and her relatives have been a rural farming family at Mae Tha, an amazing green village in Northern Thailand. I was part of a set of university students studying renewable agriculture and as inviting as the deal of additional sleep seemed, I had been much more excited to keep on with yet another day of learning.
Mae Tha is actually a small community of Mae-On sub-district at Chiang Mai, situated atop the mountains on the border of Lamphun province.
Mae Tha villagers make a full time income by farming rice along with strengthening native vegetables using sustainable and organic techniques.
Mr. Phat or Por Phat, dressed in his pale blue cotton coat, traditional style pants and wearing flipflops, is a leader of their village that firstly introduced organic farming and sustainable means of living to people in Mae Tha.
The transition process to change the farms at Mae Tha from chemical to organic ran effortlessly since there was a fantastic alliance from villagers locally.
“I dare say it’s really because our families have a lengthy and dear relationship. Our previous generations reside. We are related and that support may be your community’s strength” Por Phat said proudly. Most mornings people will venture out into their own farms however if there is just a time of harvesting they will willingly go to help others from farm to farm.
The most striking thing about farming and living in Mae Tha is figuring out how to give and get. You may always receive assistance whenever you desire and the condition of committing perpetuates once you believe you could help the others. That is the stunning and endless circle of service that we in Mae Tha adopted from their ancestors and pass through the generations. Every Wednesday and Sunday Mae Ratri and a set of villagers will wake up around 23 am to organize all of the greenfresh, and Chemical Free vegetables to sell in the organic food spots at Chiangmai – JJ market and Nhong Hoi market.
The food selling areas are established by Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Communities or ISAC, a firm which intends to construct and support sustainable agriculture communities in Chiangmai. The sun shines more brightly since it is time for a big truck in the future and pick up the produce and the sellers for the day at the marketplace.
Mr. Weerapon Thamkhun, among of those ISAC’s committee members said”devoting high priority on home ingestion is our primary concern.” He included”that the goal of Organic Market would be to promote the products from natural procedures without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides, including processing and marketing.” The number of organic food consumers is increasing due to its rising attention to health concerns and agricultural growth.
The grinning faces of the men and women who come and buy organic veggies at the market marks the appreciation of receiving healthy, safe meals and reasonable price. The rising requirement and recognition for quality could be the challenge that the sustainable and organic farming community readily accepts. Mrs. Wannapa Tachai, a fan of food said”organic farming may be the greatest idea for both farmers and consumers. We both have a fresh and safe food for our wellbeing ”
“And it sounds we, both consumers and farmers, are friends. They will cover a reasonable price for the great quality of fresh vegetables, while we can provide them healthy food.” Mae Ratri added that she felt just like it is a kind of making merit. Since people from the village produce the safe organic food to consumers, not introducing potentially harmful chemicals.
The sun becoming stronger and moves its location to the very top of the head revealing that it is time for you to have lunch and move straight back home. Most of us assembled around and had dinner together. Sharing food is a common thing to Mae Ratri and her friends because it shows the most easy and intimate relationship of men and women in Mae Tha. After the meal, then the everyone was ready to really go home and prepare for in their farms. We planted, plugged, watered, pulled weeds, and dug the ground. The work was exhausting but every single drop of perspiration will in turn be payoff once the vegetables have increased.
As it’s during winter period, broccoli, cauliflowers, and many forms of chilly vegetables can be increased. So we catch a hoe and started plowing fresh plots to them. The sun still shines brightly bringing hotness and humidity however the cool breeze helps facilitate the heat. So, we maintain working the farm.
Time passed , the sound of birds flying back to the nests was a sign that it was time for you to finish work. We went back home and washed ourselves. I found that although in the farm was exhausting and left my own two hands rough and bruised, it attracted freshness and pleasure to me personally.
“I feel happy because I know I have spent my perspiration for growing healthy and safe foods to that goodness of my customers”, Mae Ratri’s words have lasted several times within my mind. Organic farming is not simply bringing family safe food for healthy life, but also widens the opinion to comprehend precisely the rule of nature. The longer they protect nature by farm with natural methods, the longer temperament remains with them.
“We have just one opportunity to live our own lives. Being healthy and also to live joyfully in sufficiency are way more important than getting a sum of income and being wealthy with trickery and take-advantage doings”, Mae Ratri commented. I feel these are strong words of wisdom learned from generations of individuals living near the property and sustaining powerful community worth.