YUAN’s Farming Philosophy
Same but different land ethics practices
YUAN’s Farm is located in the Yangmingshan National Park in Taiwan, where four seasons are distinct. Due to the geographical environment and the climate, Yuan combines three agricultural methods to grow herbs: natural agriculture, Sumei natural agriculture and organic agriculture. To replace the use of pesticides, YUAN made our own compost, raise earthworms, and cultivate microorganism in the farm.
Mass production is not the main goal of the farm. Each stem of herb is a natural grace, resulting from the respect for earth and standing out in all kinds of weather. The water we used for irrigation is not from the groundwater or stored water but from the spring water of the National Park. The daily nourishment and irrigation from the mother nature make life naturally healed.
It was fate that brought us to the land
"YUAN, farm the land, I trust you... make the most use of it from here to there." The landlord gestured the entire hillside.
In 2007, YUAN found a terraced land that had been let fallow for 19 years in the depths of the mountains in the Yangmingshan National Park.
A pure land requires hard work of those with pure hearts; the landlord always expected to find the right person for his land. It was at that time when the landlord met YUAN and agreed with our ideal. With the landlord’s entrustment, we opened up YUAN’s farm in the silent mountains.
That year, YUAN was founded for just two years. Everything was like this land--desolate and waste.
[Giant Rocks Guard the Powerful Herbs]
The entrance of this mountain land has many giant rocks piling up randomly like a fort. After entering, you will see the wide-open field along with the ever-changing colors of mountains and trees at different heights. The beautiful mist around the mountain forest will take your breath away.
Because of the slants and slopes of the mountainous land, and the wild plants growing in random order, we needed to settle and situate the land in order to grow plants of different species. We also avoided the giant rocks and created the best nursing zone for all kinds of plants.