Middle of this week we went to visit a partner-farm of TheVillageGreenShop in Tarlac and as soon as we set foot in the brown ploughed soil we were welcomed by wonderful breeze of fresh crisp air and awesome sight of greenery around . We don’t want to leave. As I look into the horizon I remember a John Muir’s quote which I ran across a brilliant nature blog – Earth Station (http://earthstonestation.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/old-mountain-friends/#comment-2909) that says
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”
― John Muir
When I was much younger I remember going to my father’s farm in the countryside. It’s so calming and relaxing. For that reason, I realise why while I was living in 2 of the big cities in Europe where a good part of my adult life was spent, had to escape to museums and galleries. Not that impressionist works provide a semblance of sunrise from a Degas work or Monet’s hay stock of sunset and Pissarro’s Harvest but such wonderful works provide respite and inspiration.
And nothing is much truer than living soil underneath my feet as I walked into rows of calamansi trees, moringa trees, banana trees and papaya trees, white corn, and stooping down to marvel at seedlings of different varieties of lettuces and green leafy veg such as kale, spinach, mustard greens etc.
This is the organic farm that feeds a growing community of subscribers of TheVillageGreenShop in Metro Manila. At the time of our visit the entire staff including the farmers are doing mid-year assessment and planning for the next year. They are looking at how can they build resilient structure in the farm and ensure the lettuces and veg withstand extreme temperature and stay happy and keep those insects at bay, create diversity in food choices, ensure affordability and accessibility of organic produce…and bring organic produce on the table in every household. One community at a time.
More than any kind of farm input it is the human element that matters most like commitment, passion and dedication for good healthy real living food and respect for nature that enables our farmers and the entire team of TheVillageGreenShop produce fresh veg, fruits and greens week after week.