Welcome to the Living Land Project!
Sia Lee and Laut Lee, the Living Farm manager
The LIVING LAND PROJECT was formed in response to the destructive methods of farming in Laos: slash and burn (swidden) culture, which leaves land overgrown with invasive shrubs (Lantana!) and weeds, preventing natural tree re-growth, and the extensive and indiscriminate use of insecticides, herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers. This results in degraded, unusable land: dead land.
By introducing organic and land-friendly methods, like organic composting, crop-rotation, fallow periods, green manure and the use of natural, locally available means to encourage growth and control invasive insects and diseases, we demonstrate the continuing fertile use of land, LIVING LAND
Some of our farmer's children
We promote our knowledge and methods through cooperation with local farmers (we have 7 families working with us on rice growing), projects with the Department of Agriculture and Forestry of the District of Luang Prabang and the Agricultural College of Luang Prabang Province where we offer on-site training to 3rd year students and scholarships.
We supply our Organic vegetables, salad greens and herbs to the leading hotels and restaurants in Luang Prabang who appreciate our chemical-free produce and their superior taste, freshness and crispness, due to having been grown at their own natural pace.
Susan, our faithful buffalo
Making rice flour
Learning to winnow the rice
Our ancient husking mortar
Are you ready to eat
Weaving baskets is part of a farmer's skills
Our Blacksmith at work
Prepare the bamboo