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6:01 AM   [07 Mar 2019 | Thursday]

Chiang Mai Discounts - 10 Approaches to Consume Cheaper in Thailand's Cultural Center

 Ek-ii-aek-aekkk...the Thai language call of the roosters aroused me from my warm, comfortable mattress. I can glimpse the sun beams seeping through the walls and under the wooden door. I can sense chilly, white fog of the Thailand highlands morning while walking downstairs to help my host mother prepare vegetables to sell at market.

"You seem sleepy. Why don't you go back to your bed and sleep longer?", Mae Ratri asked gently. Mae in this instance means 'mother' and is the way to address ones host mother; for about 2 weeks I was very blessed to have Mae Ratri Kruengngern's as my surrogate mother. Mae Ratri and her family are a rural farming family in Mae Tha, an idyllic green village in Northern Thailand. I was part of a group of university students studying sustainable agriculture and as inviting as the offer of extra sleep sounded, I was much more excited to continue with another day of learning.

Mae Tha is a small community of Mae-On sub-district in Chiang Mai, located amidst the mountains on the boundary of Lamphun province. Most of the population speaks the "Yong" dialect or the Thai language.

Mae Tha villagers earn a living by farming rice and cultivating indigenous vegetables using organic and sustainable practices.

Mr. Phat or Por Phat, dressed in his pale blue cotton shirt, traditional style pants and wearing flip-flops, is a leader of the village who firstly introduced organic farming and sustainable way of living to people in Mae Tha.

The transition process to change the farms in Mae Tha from chemical to organic ran effectively since there was a good cooperation from villagers in the community.

"I dare say it is because our families have a long and dear relationship. Our past generations live here. We are all related and that support   ทำป้ายเชียงใหม่v is the community's strength" Por Phat said proudly. Most mornings people will venture out to their own farms but if there is a time of harvesting they will willingly go to help others from farm to farm.

The most impressive thing about farming and living in Mae Tha is learning how to give and receive. You will always get assistance whenever you need and the state of giving perpetuates when you feel that you could help others. That is the beautiful and endless circle of support that people in Mae Tha adopted from their ancestors and pass on through the generations. Every Wednesday and Sunday Mae Ratri and a group of villagers will wake up around 2-3 am to prepare all the green, fresh, and chemical-free vegetables to sell in the organic food spots in Chiang Mai - JJ market and Nhong Hoi market.

 

 

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