Yuan’s Farming Philosophy:
The Ambivalent Land Ethics
Yuan Farm locates in Yangmingshan National Reserve of Taiwan. Geographically, it is within an elevation with 4 seasonal climates. Therefore, it could perform natural farming, Sho-ming Natural Farming and organic farming to grow herbs, produce fertilizers, breed earthworms and develop yeasts to replace pesticide.
We are not looking for big volume of harvest. Thus, we believe that strength of these herbs are the graces of Nature. Even the irrigating water are natural cold spring water from the mountains. All the living creatures in Yuan Farm are nourished by Mother Earth.
Serendipity with Land
“Ah-Yuan, go ahead and grow your herbs because I have faith in you. From here and all the way to there, all yours!” When the landlord pointed out ‘here’ and ‘there’, the farm area included the entire mountain as far as our eyes could see.
In 2007, Yuan found a bench terrace that had been resting for 19 years inside the mountain ranges of Yangmingshan National Park.
A pure land needs a group of people with pure hearts to farm on. This landlord has been waiting for us to show up and continues his belief of preserving the nature with Yuan Workshop. Yuan begins to spend quality time with nature. Back then, in the second year of Yuan’s establishment, this land was wild and out of order.
Time can keep a promise, and practice can fulfill a contract. Farming on your own land is to save grace from God; farming on another’s land is to return God’s favor. Since 2007, we have developed a group of sincere local farmers to love this land and also, we believe in karma with goodwill.
Dust from heaven never falls down, instead, it transforms into starlight to brighten up deliverymen’s nights. The sweat on the ground will not dry but nourish every sprout of spring and all the wheat of autumn.
Yuan chose to root in Jinshan because we believe that natural herbs can become the healing power from plant extraction. We have been searching for the perfect land to grow herbs on; finally, we found this herbal Utopia inside Yangmingshan National Park.
[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.