Opportunities to Share

It’s nice to be reminded from time to time of the reason that we are called The Charis Teaching Farm.  We recently had the opportunity to offer knowledge and insight to a new farm that is being built up across the border in Burma.  Our guests were the English translator/assistant to a Burmese Major in…

Lessons Learned: Tire-Potato Planter with Mixed Results

I was warned when I arrived to Thailand by our former farm manager: insects in the soil here eat up all tubers.  I totally believed him, but I still wanted to try.  I have successfully grown potatoes in my frontyard back in the states  in 15-Gallon containers. I have also tasted the difference between home-grown and store-bought potatoes….

Growing Against the Grain

My basic knowledge of vegetables is that, unless they’ve already been acclimated to it, they don’t like heat.  Many tomatoes stop producing fruit at around 34C.  With the average daily temperature more near 40C on a daily basis, we’re seeing less fruit production.  Our cucumber vines have wilted and been cleared away.  The corn stalks…