We have bought old rice paddies that have been abused by monoculture, herbicides, and lack of proper care for decades and want to turn them into a food heaven striving on diversity to create abundance and share it.
This land will be our playground for all workshops on natural lifestyle and permaculture.
Water is the main resource, plentiful during monsoon (June-October) and scarce during dry season (November-May). To avoid floods and drought, we started by digging ponds on the lands and a network of drains that can be used to both irrigate and drain excess water.
Trees and fruit trees take time to grow, but their root system eventually has the ability to break down through even clay soil and improve its ability to absorb water and bring it to underground water tables. Plus they bring shade and organic matter that will turn into top soil or can be used as composting material.
We have planting more than 50 young trees this year: pigeon peas and Jamaican cherry, mangoes, tamarind, lime and oranges, moringa, papaya, mulberries, coconuts, bananas, roselle…
We have opted for raised vegetable beds with bamboo frame to avoid the problem of the soil being water logged in monsoon.
As for vegetable, we will focus this summer on varieties that like water and are resistant to bugs that can be plentiful. Beans, corn, squash, watermelon…
We are lucky to have Romance Farm in Pai as a partner, which lets us unlimited use to the manure from their cows and horses, an invaluable source of rich organic matter to compost and enrich our own soil.