‘Our farm of three hectares is now carefully planned for integrated farming. One third is for rice and the rest is for fish ponds, chickens, ducks, fruit trees, bamboo for construction, corn, beans, herbs, medicinal plants and vegetables. We raise bees in the fruit orchard for organic honey, pest control and pollination.
‘We use farming practices that work with nature, not against it. We use compost and animal manure to fertilise the land. Pests and diseases are kept under control by insects and birds that are attracted to our farm by the trees, ponds and permanent vegetation.
‘Our vision is to see local churches and Christian organisations promoting sustainable farming practices. We teach that natural resources are created by God and we are all responsible for taking care of them.
‘Our farm has become a place where people come to relax, learn and eat healthy, home-cooked food. Each year, people from many different countries visit us and we build friendship through sharing and learning from one another. It is a blessing we never expected when we started.
‘Local farmers have started to become more aware of environmental concerns, and young people are moving back. Like us, many people are beginning to include new technologies like solar power into their traditional farming systems, with great results.
‘We pray and thank our creator God for everything. 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances.”’
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