The goal of the project is to develop an organic farm to provide the schools of Vieng Nua with healthy and locally produced organic food.
Education is also a main concern and we organize fun workshops at the farm for school children to raise environmental awareness.
Our food is being poisoned by the insane use of chemicals that is also destroying the planet. It is time to make a shift and to educate ourselves. Growing food doesn’t have to be industrial and left to a few percentage of the population controlled by the chemical industry and strangled by debt.
We can all make a difference and improve resilience by growing a small vegetable garden in our backyard. It’s fun, it taste better, and if we all do it the shift can be massive.
Organic food for the school is part of Seedlings larger mission: land restoration through permaculture.
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.
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.
We believe in sharing the fruits of our experience. Farms are amazing places to discover, learn, and have fun. This is what we kept in mind while designing our education plan for a series of workshop that will take the children (and adults) in a wonderful journey.
For each step of the journey, we have thought about activities at the school to introduce notions, vocabulary and ideas with the teachers. Then playful and participative activities at the farm, and finally some activities back at the school where children can come back to their experience and share it.
Pai Seedlings Foundation organizes natural farming activity days every week at our farm. Come participate for a day of grounding work, discovery and fun in a most beautiful environment.
Please contact us for more details or visit the workshop page.
Thank you to all the people that supported our crowdfunding campaign in 2017 on Ulule.fr and made it possible!