Lessons Learned: Making the Most of Water-Logged Fields

The Charis Teaching Farm’s goals are to provide food for at-risk families, heal the land, provide jobs and serve as a learning resource to local farmers.  Sometimes, the topography of our farm lends itself to these goals, and sometimes it doesn’t. During wet season, the land we are situated on is the perfect spot to demonstrate…

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….

Lessons Learned: Watermelon Crop Failure Due to Untimely Rains

Sometimes, all the research and development can’t compete with unpredictable forces of nature. This past month, we received two days of heavy rain, during the middle of dry season. It destroyed our watermelon crop beyond saving. Here’s how it happened. In Thailand, there are primarily two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season is further…