April 2019 in the Cambodian countryside.
Just back from our almost new organic farm, 3 hours traveling from Siem Reap, 38 Degrees, very hot very very hot.
In the Ac wagon I enjoy the beautiful surroundings, everything dry but also super beautiful.
Once arrived I already see the new wooden house with metal roof, the road still needs to be improved but everything is in its time.
In the midst of all the forests and mountains around us I can see all the little Moringa trees from far away. Entire rows up to the horizon, between small water pipes that have to provide some water for irrigation.
Wrapped up in a big hat, I walk around, wow what a heat the heat radiates from the sand.
Our new organic land is linked to the old land and with that we have huge expansion possibilities.
The new newly built house fortunately has a very large porch to shelter from the sun and rain. Inside the house two small bedrooms for guests like me :-). Phea and his family sleep on top of each other in a corner of the house, how they can sleep like that I think.
No electricity, very difficult telephone connection…. The water has been dug into a very large pound with a very small amount of water in the dry season…
April 2019 it is Cambodian New Year but here people just work far away from the city where all the festivities take place. Their life is very different, working so that they have food tomorrow. Live from what grows. People live a hard life here.
The neighbor fold comes running with an empty bucket to fill it with our water, she rinses her face, wash her hands a little and the rest home for the daily family need water.
Around 5 pm Phea will be watering all plants, also quite a lot of all hoses coupled with small tapes open so that they all get a little water. Through a complex water system, the water can get everywhere, but I can understand that for many farmers, all that material, water, pumps, petrol, pipes, etc. is not available for ordinary farmers.
Then Phea brings me around in the tuk tuk, what a country so big.
Beautiful to see!
He explains to me in which part we are going to grow, leaves for Powder, Tea and tablets. Moringa trees for the seeds and oil, the Kaffir Lime, the sunflower, the lemongrass, the turmeric etc etc. great to hear how everything is worked out.
In the evening we sit with our neighbors on a mat eating on the ground outside, dogs walk around us to be allowed to eat a bite.
We got a big bag of ice and a pack of beer, well that goes in….
Women pack the kids well, plenty of mosquito’s here.
At night I hardly sleep so hot, I drift away with sweat.
But once in the morning what a beautiful blue sky, the many birds that make themselves heard, the silence, the endless space ….. it is significantly cooler now 27 degrees what a relief then you can work for a while until the sun comes out again let hear.
What is important to be present on the land and to spend the night and see and feel what it is like on the land, only then do you get respect for the people who work there and what grows before it is on a plate, ready for us.
I hope I can enjoy this beautiful country for a very long time with the wonderfully optimistic people who always have the courage no matter how tough it is. I am ready to go again.
With many greetings from all farmers in rural Cambodia.
Organic Farm Baca-Villa
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