A Farm that Provides

The rains have returned to Thailand.  For many farmers in our area, that means that it’s time to plant corn or get the fields ready to plant rice.  For us though, it’s much more. While we have already plowed our fields and will be harrowing them this week, the rains have brought the much needed…

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…

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…

Planting Seeds for Change

One of the main reasons that the Charis Teaching Farm exists is to enrich the knowledge of the farming community of Maesot and the surrounding region.  One day, many years from now, my greatest hope is that the culture of farming will have changed so dramatically that farmers will no longer burn their crops, trees…

A Visit to Fair Earth Farm

While in Chiang Mai, I took a visit to Fair Earth Farm, just north of the city.  This is a 1-acre farm, and uses a blend of agroforestry and traditional farming practices. Their goal is to create a self-sustaining model for other local farmers to learn from and implement on their own farms.  What with our own…