Still Living the Good Life

It’s been a few months since our last post.  I take that as a sign that we’re either overwhelmed with the stress of life or very busy doing the work we came here to do.  I’d usually be inclined to claim that the former is to be blamed, but, as it turns out, we’ve come…

Digging in Deep

Last week, I took my older son to the Charis Teaching Farm with me.  We had researched a natural farming practice called “Banana Circles” and we were anxious to implement it. Banana Circles are essentially a 1 meter wide pit dug 1 meter deep.  The excess dirt is piled on the rim of the pit….

January Farm Update

The Charis Teaching Farm has been in transition with staff changing over, new projects and the dry season in full swing.  It has been a time of exciting change and new developments. Staff Empowerment In December, our Farm Manager moved back to Chiang Mai.  I have been filling in as the Farm Manager since then….

Greenhouses, Seeds and Maggots, Fun!

I’ve been in Maesot researching at the Charis Teaching Farm for the past three months now.  This post gives a small update on projects we have in the works. Black Soldier Fly Farm Black Soldier Fly larvae are an amazing nutrition source for livestock.  They are about 45% protein! and a sizeable amount of fat…

My Son the Farmer

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to bring my son to the Charis Teaching Farm.  We had a great time together, exerted ourselves physically and learned about vermaculture. We started by harvesting morning glory, called Pak Boong in Thai (Pak means vegetable in Thai, so most vegetables are called Pak _______; FYI).  In the States, this is…

You Eat What You Pay For

We recently read an article about the economics of family farms in the U.S. One result of our journey towards Thailand is a more acute awareness of how each decision that we make impacts someone else achieving their own good life.  This plays out in many areas, but what has been on our minds most…

DIY: the Adventure Begins

In his book, A Failure of Nerve, Edwin Freidman describes American society as a “seatbelt society more oriented toward safety than adventure.” He goes on to discuss the emotional gridlock that existed in pre-renaissance Europe just before the major scientific and geographic discoveries that would go on to change Europe for the next couple hundred…

My Garden

Many of my friends at work and church know that I have a garden and have been producing vegetables for the past couple years. I get questions about what I’m growing and how the season is going from time to time, so I figured: what better place to discuss this passion of mine?  Afterall, this…