Happy Farmers Will Change the World


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We would like to invite you to participate in growing and supporting Plum Village’s Happy Farm as it enters its second bountiful year.

Your donation will help us introduce thousands of children and adults to the practice of mindfulness and organic farming. The Happy Farm is steadily transforming Plum Village into a beacon of sustainable food production, ensuring the community’s long-term food and water security, and providing an unprecedented training opportunity for aspiring young farmer-practitioners.

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Organic Mindfulness
In 2012 three lay practitioners and three Plum Village monastics joined forces to set out to realize our collective dream to grow enough fresh organic fruit and vegetables to feed the entire Plum Village community. Over the course of 2013 we made the first steps—laying the groundwork for the development of a small organic vegetable farm at West Lake, just down the hill from Upper Hamlet. Our first year exceeded all of our expectations and we need your help to keep growing.

How you can help
Your donation will allow us to buy the essentials needed to run the farm in 2014: the equipment, seeds, soil amendments, and a new polytunnel. It will help us increase the production of organic vegetables by 33% and to start a organic fruit field. It will also allow us to expand into education, allowing approximately 5,000 annual Plum Village retreatants to learn more about how important organic farming is for the health of our precious planet and offering practical support for people who want to learn how to grow their own food!

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The current Happy Farm team: Doug Butler, Stuart Watson, Phil Bluckert, Pierre Hermier, Benjamin Feret.

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