Plum Village has started two small, diversified, organic vegetable farms: one in the Upper Hamlet (with the monks and lay men) and one in the Lower Hamlet (with the nuns and lay women).
The Happy Farms actively promote mindfulness, community-building and sustainability. Those working on the farms (the “Happy Farmers”!) cultivate the land mindfully, and together with Plum Village monks and nuns, host retreats, guided tours, and workshops.
We are honoured to be fulfilling Thich Nhat Hanh’s dream of establishing the farms, and turning the land into a beautiful sanctuary for farmers, retreatants, volunteers and other local natural inhabitants. The Happy Farms offer nurturing environments in which to practice, heal and reconnect with Mother Earth through mindful agriculture. They are a concrete expression of mediation engaged with action, in the area of ethical and sustainable vegetable farming.
“You are a gardener, and you have in your hands the power to transform garbage into flowers, into fruit, into vegetables. You don’t throw anything away, because you are not afraid of garbage. Your hands are capable of transforming it into flowers, or lettuce, or cucumbers.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
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