Top 5 Best Organic Farm Stays in Thailand

Some farm stays are very comfortable such as Asita Eco Resort

Some farm stays are very comfortable such as Asita Eco Resort

Enjoy a slow-paced life in every moment in our 5 best selected choices of organic farm stays in Thailand! Find the perfect place for your next journey! This is just one example in one country. There are many possibilities worldwide.

Some farm stays are very low cost and more rustic.

Some farm stays are very low cost and more rustic.

You can find farm stays around the world by searching online for keywords Farm Stay and the country you want to stay in. Here’s the link for Farm Stay US, a U.S. Farm Stay Association.

Staying at organic farms is a great way to travel the world on a budget. Accommodations are often quite affordable, and you would have some of the freshest, healthiest food on the planet. You could stay in uncrowded, non-touristy pristine rural areas. Search online before choosing locations to find best places. Some farms offer WWOOFER work exchanges where you can live practically free if you’re willing to help do farm chores. Ask about Internet speed and availability before making reservations. You can also search for more specifics by searching keywords Farm Stay plus keywords such as Organic Farms, Fruit Farms, Workshops, Natural Building, etc. You could turn a vacation into a low cost adventure.

There are many possibilities for farm stays, including:
– Negotiate free food and rent in exchange for leading a workshop
– Start a blog such as Farm Stay Reviews (fictitious example for illustration purposes) and negotiate discounts.
– Find out key harvest times at places that sound most interesting. For instance, you could probably negotiate a discount for bulk food if you help during their busy season. You could transport the fruit, etc. back home for canning. One or two people could pick produce and then send it home for other family members to process. Repeat several times and you’d soon have a years’ supply stored up in your rootcellar or cool pantry.
– You could choose a favorite region such as the area with best organic farms and travel between farms by bicycle, motorcycle, tiny home, RV, etc.
– Select farm stays according to your preferences: best restaurants (check out reviews on sites such as Trip Advisor.com), best prices, guided tours, learning permaculture, low cost camping options, your favorite terrain (forest, beaches, etc.), preferred activities (mountain biking, hiking, surfing, volunteerism), special amenities such as yoga classes, massage, nearby shopping and national parks, etc. You might find free camping in a national park and eat at the restaurant in the Farm Stay.
– Start working online and travel full or part-time as a digital nomad. This could include freelance work such as programming or creating websites, writing books, editing, online teaching, making music… Many possibilities.
– You could alternate farm stays with home stays, hotels, etc. in cities for variety.

***Pick and choose multiple options to create an awesome life of fun, adventure, travel and doing good.***

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This idea is related to the blog post a few days ago about staying/living at multiple organic farms (Distributed Farm Network). As Ajarn Richard points out “If you can offer tips for soil regeneration or natural building, etc. (add value to the farm) you will find many openings.” He’s already started doing this.

Long Term Visitor Areas – Cheap Living on Federal Land


We are visiting the BLM Imperial Dam LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) to share a location where folks are living cheap and tiny. The LTVA is home to thousands of people throughout the winter and is a very affordable lifestyle. The cost is only $180 for 7 months over the winter. Located along the Colorado River there are ample recreation opportunities; Fishing, boating, swimming, wildlife viewing and ATV trails. There are other LTVA locations besides Imperial Dam.

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Related: Great video about nomad living, the best state to get a driver’s license and register your vehicle, health insurance, mail forwarding, etc. by Bob at Cheap RV Living: Where to Make your State Residence and How to Do it

Life In The World’s Most Traveled Tiny House


Tiny House Expedition is the world’s most traveled tiny house. Since filming this story in Vancouver, this intrepid family have put many thousands more miles behind them and now have travelled over 40,000 (64,000km) miles in their 20′ (6m) tiny house on wheels.

One of the greatest things about a tiny house on wheels is that it is able to travel. This film-making family takes full advantage of that fact and has built an incredible life for themselves on the road traveling as part of a community out-reach program, while also filming their documentary series, Living Tiny Legally.

“Living Tiny Legally is a 3 part educational docu-series. It provides an in-depth, inside look into how a handful of cities from all over the country are making legal tiny housing a reality.”

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Please subscribe. These channels are putting out fantastic, life changing/culture changing information.

Krave the Adventure Bus Barnwood Kitchen

Krave the Adventure Bus barnwood kitchen

Krave the Adventure Bus barnwood kitchen

This kitchen popped up randomly in a search engine image search of skoolies (buses converted into tiny houses). I was immediately impressed with this extremely beautiful kitchen, and was very surprised to learn that it was built with reclaimed barnwood. It’s incredible that free, salvaged/recycled materials can be turned into a kitchen that looks so great.

Another view of the Krave the Adventure Bus barnwood kitchen

Barnwood kitchen made with recycled wood.

Salvaged barnwood is often available for free in exchange for tearing down old buildings and cleaning up the building site. Check the wood carefully. Many times old barnwood is beyond use. Other times it can be a gold mine as in this case. Just for fun try a quick image search of ‘barnwood kitchen’ in your favorite search engine and you’ll see most kitchens built with barnwood are gray and rather dingy.

Distributed Farm/Community Network

The following ideas sprang from a long discussion with long-time blog contributor Ajarn Richard. Richard has traveled the world and is now planning a tour of US sustainable farms in his new van. Part of his plan is to do WWOOFER farm work on organic farms in exchange for learning, meals and parking his van.

Everyone needs community. However, it’s getting increasingly hard to find a community of people that you really get along well with. Richard’s plan is to get to know people on a number of farms, and then hopefully build lasting relationships with those he gets along best with.

Starting a homestead is a serious long term commitment that requires a sizable investment in terms of money, time and effort. Richard feels that it’s somewhat risky to sink everything into a homestead. For instance, fracking companies or a big agra industrial feedlot could move into your area and upset the balance of the environment and local community, increase crime, pollution, etc.

Richard’s plan of working with multiple organic farms in a distributed network spreads these risks. If things don’t work out at Location A, you go to Location B or C. After all, things are always changing. One area could get wiped out in a flood, fire or hurricane. Instead of losing your homestead you’d simply relocate in your van, skoolie, tiny house on wheels, etc. to another site.

Key to the success of a plan like this is first developing skills – learn valuable skills such as how to boost soil quality and crop productivity with natural farming/permaculture techniques, knowing how to optimally plant trees, grow microgreens, etc. ***Create enough value and like-minded people will naturally coalesce into community.

Healing the Soil With Natural Farming – IMO and EM


“Introducing ultra-low-cost agriculture for everyone. Jadam Korean Natural Farming Method as trained and practiced on Kaua`I, Hawaii. Locally sourced and produced methods for fertilization, pesticides, and bio-remediation of farms and land. Very low-cost organic farming methods. Indigenous people, the world over, have used similar practices since farming began.”

They say you can farm organically at $100 per acre a year using this method with only minimal use of inputs from off the farm. Use what is locally available and free: pristine soil samples and culture samples from under undisturbed old trees, wild grass, weeds, spoiled fruit, fruit peels, left over egg shells and fish bones, old leaves, worm castings, fungi, biochar, mulch, etc.

Tips from the video: All mixtures are sustainable, super safe and nontoxic, but please wear a mask when spraying to avoid getting too many organisms in your face and lungs. Mixtures are typically made from concentrates and then mixed with rainwater at ratio of one teaspoon per gallon. Use pure rainwater in the formulations. Plant Sesabania Grandiflora as nursery trees to provide shade for new trees in your forest garden. Later, grind them up and use as mulch around the fruit trees. Minerals from seawater or diluted sea salt can be used to help replenish garden soil. Natural ‘pesticides’ (more like repellents) are made with materials such as neem leaves, garlic and onion. Bio-remediation can be done in a patchwork across the land, and over time the beneficial organisms will spread into surrounding areas. Fungi are effective at bio-remediating legacy industrial and agro chemicals in the soil. It’s good to cover the soil with thick mulch to help keep the soil moist and help the microbes grow.

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They recommend this natural farming book: JADAM Organic Farming & Gardening : ULTRA Powerful Pest and Disease Control Solution, Make all-Natural Pesticide, The way to Ultra-Low-Cost agriculture! Paperback – 2016 This book has very good reviews. I plan on buying it.
Related: Korean Natural Farming
It’s best to get firsthand experience to truly learn the process. Once you’re good at it you can turn dead/abandoned land into fertile soil and make a good profit. This process is better than turning lead into gold. You’ll be creating low cost organic food to feed communities that are slowly being killed with toxic supermarket foods.

I’m Leaving Civilization: Wanna Come with Me?

Vince Edwards is an off-gridder who’s creating a model for a network of self-sustaining communities. He’s got 20 acres in Colorado and has written a book about it called, I’m Leaving Civilization: Wanna Come with Me? 110 pages, Kindle ebook for $9.99 at Amazon.com. Not surprisingly he’s come under attack by local authorities for his outspoken opinion on excessive building codes and regulations. He’s currently running for local sheriff to turn this situation around.

Book summary by the author: “It’s been said by many that, “you can’t handle the truth” and I’m not just discussing Hollywood actors. Can you handle the truth? Is the truth hiding amongst the following pages? This is either the beginning for you in your study of “rights gone by” or this book is what you’ve been looking for that could point you in the direction of the “end of the rainbow.”

This book is a work in progress, as evidenced by the “First Edition” subtitle. I’m working the knowledge, strategies and theories into my life to test them, as I go along to potentially edit small portions of this book.

The thousands of conversations I’ve had with people, attempting to explain exactly how things work and sometimes succeeding, led me to a word processor to see if I could explain things better to myself, and by extension: You.

I hope you get a lot out of this book, and it is the catalyst that changes many lives for the better. I welcome all feedback both for and against, critical or not. You’ll find my contact information somewhere in the footnotes.”
~ Vince Edwards

I hear he has more information on Facebook and Twitter. Vince’s experience is part of a larger story of corruption in Costilla County, Colorado that we covered in 2016: Colorado Off-Gridders Forced back on the Grid, Camping on own land Illegal. Roughly 200 off-gridders were forced off their land under controversial conditions. This is a big story because Vince Edwards has obtained documents that indicate fraud and abuse took place to drive these people off their land.

WA maker turns skoolie, short-bus & container into home-office


Seven years ago, Jeremy and Mira Thompson quit their jobs and sold their suburban home to hit the road in a short-bus they’d converted into a mobile home. After a year on the road, they’d gone through their savings and were thinking about starting a family.

Now living on family property on Washington’s Key Peninsula, they bought a full-sized school bus at auction. This time they stripped away the metal behind the cab and embedded a wooden cottage inside their new vehicle.

Jeremy used his experience as an auto body mechanic and recent education in architectural drafting to design their conversions. He had also turned his carpentry into paid work and needed a workshop. After finding a very affordable container – one that had been tagged as scrap-, Jeremy began to convert it into a wooden clad (on 3 sides) office with a green roof.

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Excellent video packed with inspiring, practical ideas like buying school buses dirt cheap at auction. The school district had to sell a bunch of them quickly due to a change in air quality regulations. This created a surplus and the price came way down. Lots of recycled/reclaimed items turned into a beautiful home and shop.

Tour Ultimate DIY Off Grid Workshop


Raphaelle and Mark are wild folk living an alternative lifestyle. Together they are reinventing how business is conducted- in tiny, eco-friendly, nomadic off-grid ways. Join us as we take a tour of their amazing DIY off-grid wilderness lab built out of an old cargo trailer and learn a little bit more about the story of this incredible couple!!

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