For almost three weeks we stayed at Kittichai’s farm, situated 100 kilometers from Bangkok in a nice green quiet area, close to a national park. Kittichai is a 39 year old Thai with Chinese roots that worked for years in a governmental office, but decided two years ago to make a switch: buy land and start an organic farm. He just recently got supported by the government with funds. He now can invest in his farm and give workshops in return.
Our welcome was really nice, we got lost in his street and he picked us up with bicycle and rascal doggy Decy. He and his father have created a beautiful place the last two years and planted a variety of plants: fig trees, mulberry trees, banana trees, mango, papaya, passion fruit, peppermint, melon, tomato, cucumber, beans, corn, ferns, all the green vegetable that are possible to eat seem to be represented at the farm, now or in the future. His father is a farmer of the older generation that uses chemicals and has sometimes trouble to switch to organic. He has a big pond, where Chris loves to take a swim, even tough snakes are just swimming on the surface. Okay it was only one, and we weren’t even in the pond then.
The first days Kittichai took us on some trips. Restaurants, the wonderful market in the village, the national park area, the great Buddha, the lake area, a Chinese family feast where all people gather with the same last name: Chai, and Qingming, a Chinese holiday to celebrate their ancestors, a religious theme park, a dinosaur park, and so on. And everyday he came home with a new sweet or dish to try for us. So lovely. We noticed it’s quite difficult to be a vegetarian in Thailand, because the Thai people just looove meat. But praise to the green vegetables at the farm.
Qingming is a very interesting Chinese holiday. There are around 9 million Thai Chinese people in Thailand, making them the largest minority of the country. They celebrate their own holidays like Qingming. This is a day to remember the ancestors, the parents and the great, greatparents. The whole family seven sisters and brothers gather with their family to the graves, with lots of delicious home made food. They pray and offer the food. And then it’s time to socialize and eat themselves. The children with parents decorate the grave and there is nothing sad about this day. Everybody is happy enjoying each other’s company and the food.
The farm needs a lot of weeding. So we started. Weeding the ferns, the mulberry trees, the green vegetables. Sara one day was tired after hours of weeding, she stood up and by not paying attention smashed the weeding tool in her finger. She was so shocked of all the blood rushing out that she passed out three times and was surprised by loose motion. Chris caught her three times while running to the toilet and passing out again. He also did the cleaning. What a hero.
We planted plants, supported the tomato plants by robes, cut them, and so on. Chris was fasting the last six days. Every morning we did some yoga, making some herbal tea from the garden (lemon grass, peppermint, pendum) had afternoon walks and enjoyed the peaceful farm and surrounding. It was an awesome time to be welcomed by these two sweet people and to get an insights in Thai organic farm life.