Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Farming in Northern Thailand, Mae Tha, Chiang Mai


Sustainable agricultural and natural farming is another strategy to dwell life, protect a tradition, and shield nature in Northern Thailand.

Ek-ii-aek-aekkk…the Thai language name of the roosters aroused me from my heat, comfy mattress. I can glimpse the solar beams seeping via the partitions and beneath the picket door. I can sense chilly, white fog of the Thailand highlands morning whereas strolling downstairs to assist my host mom put together greens to promote at market.

“You appear sleepy. Why do not you return to your mattress and sleep longer?”, Mae Ratri requested gently. Mae on this occasion means ‘mom’ and is the best way to handle ones host mom; for about 2 weeks I used to be very blessed to have Mae Ratri Kruengngern’s as my surrogate mom. Mae Ratri and her household are a rural farming household in Mae Tha, an idyllic inexperienced village in Northern Thailand. I used to be a part of a bunch of college college students learning sustainable agriculture and as inviting because the supply of additional sleep sounded, I used to be far more excited to proceed with one other day of studying.

Mae Tha is a small group of Mae-On sub-district in Chiang Mai, situated amidst the mountains on the boundary of Lamphun province. Many of the inhabitants speaks the “Yong” dialect or the Thai language.

Mae Tha villagers earn a residing by farming rice and cultivating indigenous greens utilizing natural and sustainable practices.

Mr. Phat or Por Phat, wearing his pale blue cotton shirt, conventional type pants and sporting flip-flops, is a pacesetter of the village who firstly launched natural farming and sustainable way of life to individuals in Mae Tha.

The transition course of to alter the farms in Mae Tha from chemical to natural ran successfully since there was a great cooperation from villagers in the neighborhood.

“I dare say it’s as a result of our households have an extended and pricey relationship. Our previous generations dwell right here. We’re all associated and that assist is the group’s power” Por Phat mentioned proudly. Most mornings individuals will enterprise out to their very own farms but when there’s a time of harvesting they may willingly go to assist others from farm to farm.

Probably the most spectacular factor about farming and residing in Mae Tha is studying tips on how to give and obtain. You’ll at all times get help everytime you want and the state of giving perpetuates if you really feel that you may assist others. That’s the stunning and countless circle of assist that individuals in Mae Tha adopted from their ancestors and go on via the generations. Each Wednesday and Sunday Mae Ratri and a bunch of villagers will get up round 2-Three am to organize all of the inexperienced, recent, and chemical-free greens to promote within the natural meals spots in Chiang Mai – JJ market and Nhong Hoi market.

The natural meals promoting areas are established by Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Communities or ISAC, a corporation that goals to construct and assist sustainable agriculture communities in Chiang Mai. The solar shines extra brightly as it’s time for a giant truck to return and decide up each the produce and the sellers for the journey to the market.

Mr. Weerapon Thamkhun, one of many ISAC’s committee members mentioned “giving excessive precedence on residence consumption is our first concern.” He added “the aim of Natural Market is to advertise the merchandise from pure processes with not utilizing chemical fertilizers or pesticides, together with processing and advertising.” The variety of natural meals shoppers is rising because of the rising consideration to well being issues and agricultural sustainability.

The smiling faces of the individuals who come and purchase natural greens on the market marks the appreciation of receiving wholesome, protected meals and affordable worth. The rising demand and appreciation for high quality is the problem that the natural and sustainable farming group readily accepts. Mrs. Wannapa Tachai, a fan of natural meals mentioned “natural farming is the best thought for each shoppers and farmers. We each have a clear and protected meals for our well being.”

Mae Ratri turned her face to Mrs. Wannapa and gave her a nod. “And it appears we, each farmers and shoppers, are pals. They may pay an affordable worth for the nice high quality of recent greens, whereas we are able to additionally present them wholesome meals.” Mae Ratri added that she felt like it’s a sort of making advantage. Since she and other people within the village produce the protected natural meals for shoppers, not introducing probably dangerous chemical compounds.

The daylight will get stronger and strikes its place to the highest of our head exhibiting that it’s time to have lunch and return residence. All of us gathered round and had lunch collectively. Sharing meals is a standard factor to Mae Ratri and her pals as a result of it exhibits the simple and shut relationship of individuals in Mae Tha. After the meal, the individuals have been prepared to return residence and put together for working of their farms. We planted, plugged, watered, pulled weeds, and hand dug the soil. The work was exhausting however each single drop of sweat will in flip be reward when the greens are grown.

Since it’s throughout winter time, broccoli, cauliflowers, and lots of sorts of winter inexperienced greens might be grown. So we seize a hoe and began plowing new plots for them. The solar nonetheless shines brightly bringing hotness and humidity however the cool breeze helps ease the warmth. So, we maintain working the farm.

Time handed by, the sound of birds flying again to their nests was an indication that it was time to complete work. We went again residence and cleaned ourselves. I discovered that though working within the farm was tiring and made my two palms tough and bruised, it introduced freshness and delight to me.

“I really feel comfortable as a result of I do know that I’ve spent my sweat for rising wholesome and protected meals for the goodness of my prospects”, Mae Ratri’s phrases have repeated a number of occasions in my thoughts. Natural farming shouldn’t be solely bringing her household protected meals for wholesome life, but in addition widens the view to understand the rule of nature. The extra they shield nature by farm with pure strategies, the longer nature stays with them.

“Now we have just one likelihood to dwell our lives. Being wholesome and to dwell fortunately in sufficiency are far more necessary than incomes a sum of cash and being rich by trickery and take-advantage doings”, Mae Ratri remarked. I feel these are robust phrases of knowledge realized from generations of individuals residing near the land and respecting robust group values.

Source by Suttira Kaewthep


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