What is porpeang farming?
Porpeang farming mainly centers around being as close to self-sufficiency as possible and not concentrating on growing just one crop. The selling of any surplus goes towards buying household items such as clothes and fuel, plus other essentials like animal and fish food.
It is a fulfilling way of life that creates very little waste, uses few chemicals and can also help the local community.
The diversity that is achievable within a small arable area is mind-boggling. It brings the farmer much closer to nature too, more so than if they were to grow a single annual cash crop.
Choosing to live a porpeang existence can be a challenging prospect for would-be newcomers.
The learning curve from day one and for years to come often encompasses:
Raising livestock and fish
Growing fruits and vegetables
Working with nature and the seasons
All require care and attention for a porpeang farm to flourish.
For most, the opportunity to lead a more active, healthy, self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle, is well worth the extra effort.
The late King of Thailand
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) encouraged a self-supporting lifestyle for everyone in Thailand.
He advised that all farmers should be able to feed themselves and their families. It starts with small-scale rice production, growing enough rice for household consumption. Any excess harvest is then sold to raise income or used in exchange for other goods from fellow farmers.
They were also encouraged to change from planting a single type of crop to integrated farming and incorporating modern permaculture techniques, which works with nature rather than against it.