return icon Vietnamnet.vn

Community farming model offers an escape to nature

Leaving the urban sprawl for rural life has become a hot trend among successful business owners, retired people and farm-based firms as they seek a relaxing escape from pollution, a chance to unwind or a return to a childhood idyll. 

{keywords}
A working day in Lành Village in Hoa Ninh Commune of Da Nang. People living in urban areas have found rural life an attractive option to escape the hustle and bustle. Photo courtesy of Kim Hue 

A group of five agricultural families have started building the first-ever nature-based, rural community model – living in harmony with nature. They aim to be self-sufficient, healthy and sustainable rather than earning money from farming in the suburban areas of Da Nang.

The ‘Lành (Peace and Happy) Village’ began the agro-forestry practice by reclaiming 3 hectares of land in Hoa Ninh Commune in the valley of Ba Na Mountains, 30km northwest of Da Nang. They turned the area into a rural shelter and sustainable farming zone for five families.

Do Thi Kim Hue, 39, a co-founder of the community, said: “We do not build a profitable farm business, but a life choice in rural areas. All families will work together, cooking and eating together each day. Bamboo houses will be the accommodation for each family after a working day.

“'Lành Village’ is a typical example of chemical-free agriculture, minimal cost of living, self-sufficiency and a shared organic agriculture practice,” she said.

Hue said air conditioners and plastic would not be allowed on the farm.

“Each member will do their own tasks before cooking together in a shared kitchen for the community dining hall,” she explained.

{keywords}
Families working together on the farm. Kids are taught valuable life skills. Photo courtesy Ha Tran Hieu Tien 

The farm produces vegetables, meat, organic detergent and compost, while surplus crops will be sold to regain the costs of production,” she added.

She said children were taught housework and homeschooled, while enjoying sports, folk games, painting and gardening, without the use of any electronic devices.

She said kids would have more time playing together and exploring nature, compared to parents who spent their childhoods studying hard at school to get good grades. 

Love of nature

“Kids need time to learn life skills. They will explore plenty of interesting things from nature, the garden and the livestock on the farm. It’s a positive lifestyle rather than keeping their eyes on electronic devices or overloaded education programmes.

{keywords}
A member of Lành Village making a bamboo roof. The villagers focus on living in harmony with nature. Photo courtesy of Doan Van Thinh 

“It’s the reason I brought my kids to live on the farm. They will create their future from natural and more practical skills.”

Doan Van Thinh, 38, a member of the Lành Village, said "children are very active and they have energy to play each day, but rapid urbanisation means there aren't and ‘safe and interesting’ spaces for them".

“TV screens, electronic games and smart phones are the entertainment of choice for kids in the city, while here they have a full day discovering the amazing world of nature in fresh air and tranquil scenery,” Thinh said.

“My two children – the oldest is 10 years old – will live the rural life with me on the farm. They are eager to help with housework and gardening as well as resting or reading books under bamboo canopies,” he added.

Thinh said he had success with a tourism business in Da Nang, but decided to leave the city to live on the farm.   

He said his children would gain experience from the wonders of nature.

“All I need is that my children know about the world and nature by experiencing fun activities. They are given skills from nature that they can't get in the city. Survival skills help kids to stand on their own feet,” he said.

Ha Tran Hieu Tien, 21, who quit as a manager of an English teaching centre to spend time on the farm, said the experience helped with depression from the rat race.

“It’s like returning to childhood. Kids will grow up with skills from nature to overcome and challenges in life. They should try to overcome it, not run away from difficulties,” Tien said.

“Kids will find a nature-based starting point for their behaviour and an understanding of the environment, family and the value of work. That will help them build hard working personalities in the future,” he said.

Tien added that kids were taught how to keep the environment clean and safe as well as collecting waste for recycling and treatment on the farm.

Nguyen Van Hung, 49, a farmer in Hoa Ninh, said the nature-based village model would be an example for local farmers who develop organic agriculture and build supply chains for farm produce.

He said the commune was good for growing fruit trees, but farmers were hesitant to invest due to a lack of supply chains, market links and funds.

“Our farm produce often gets dumped when we harvest a lot, while the cost of materials is quite high.

“The commune has been building the organic fruit and green farm zone brand in Ba Na Valley and organic fertiliser has been adopted by 500 farmers," Hung said.

Hung said the Lành Village would help local farmers approach organic agriculture, waste recycling, cost saving and turning available resources into energy and products. 

Green practices

{keywords}
Kids enjoy folk games and painting at a farm near Da Nang. Children in urban areas rarely have the opportunity to explore the wonders of nature. Photo courtesy of Lành Village

The farm uses smokeless stoves that are fuelled with straw, coffee husks and sawdust.

A bag of rice husks, which costs VND6,000 ($0.2), can be used for three days, while creating ash for farming and compost.

“We produce enough for the farm first, while taking surplus crops or handmade products to the market,” Hue said.

She said "our farm lives with respect for nature, and follows an energy efficient, healthy, and non-waste lifestyle".

“The farm is not only a place to live in harmony with nature, but an educational site for all people to learn healthy life skills, organic agro-forestry and environmental protection,” she said.

{keywords}
Fresh cereal-milk, fruit and artisanal cakes are the most popular products for members of Lành Village -- a community living with nature and a healthy lifestyle. Photo courtesy of Kim Hue 

“We will host guests for farm stay to improve their awareness of nature, but it is not a destination for relaxation at the weekend. However, the farm will open workshops for school students and other farming communities.”

The village also offers yoga, meditation, crafts and garden produce for partners and visitors.

Source: Vietnam News

Riverside village offers ‘world learning’ experience for students

Riverside village offers ‘world learning’ experience for students

Forty kilometres west of Da Nang along the Cu De River, Nam Yen Village in Hoa Bac Commune has emerged as a popular destination for community-based tourism and education among city day-trippers eager for tranquillity at the weekend.

Da Nang launches first agro-science garden for kids

Da Nang launches first agro-science garden for kids

The Selfwing Viet Nam Company has opened an outdoor physical education and agricultural science skills space for kids in Cam Le District.

MORE NEWS

Coach Chung to lead national women's team until end of 2023

The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) and coach Mai Duc Chung have agreed to extend their contract for another year.

Ministry plans to add “place of birth” to new passport version

The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) is planning to add the “place of birth” to the new passport version to facilitate citizens’ seeking of visas to the Schengen countries.

Ministry urges to speed up vaccination for children for safe school opening

Safely opening schools is dependent on every child being vaccinated against Covid-19. However, according to the assessment of the Ministry of Health, the actual rate of Covid-19 vaccination coverage for children is still low.

Vietnam Airlines plans to sell aircraft to cut losses

Vietnam Airlines plans to restructure its assets and investment portfolio, and issue new shares to increase its equity, including selling aircraft to decrease losses and negative equity.

MFN tariff on gasoline lowered to 10%

The Government has given the nod to halve the most-favored-nation (MFN) import tariff on unleaded gasoline to 10% from the current 20%.

Vietnam spends $5 billion on coal imports

In the first seven months of this year, Vietnam spent over $5 billion to import coal for thermal power plants, up 123 per cent on-year.

Vietnam's futsal team has new coach

The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) held a ceremony in Hanoi on August 9 to introduce Giustozzi Diego Raul as the new head coach of the Vietnamese national futsal team.

Da Lat Flower Festival 2022 to last two months, with 51 events

The ninth Da Lat Flower Festival will be held in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong from November to late December, with 51 attractive events, according to a plan recently announced by the provincial People’s Committee.

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES AUGUST 9

Tropical depression intensifies into storm toward north

Ministry urges localities to set up teams to catch rabid, stray dogs

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has urged cities and provinces nationwide to set up teams to catch stray dogs in an attempt of curbing dog bite-related fatalities and better managing rabies among domestic dogs and cats.

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS AUGUST 9

Extra efforts needed to achieve target of 5 million foreign tourists: insiders

Pacific Airlines faces closure due to financial difficulties

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has just asked Pacific Airlines to report on their current capital condition, and whether they meet the requirements to continue operations.

Monetary stance points to only mildly higher interest rates in VN: Fitch Ratings

Capital account restrictions largely insulate interest rates in Vietnam from global monetary tightening and the country’s policy rate is expected to increase 50 basis points to 4.5% by end-2023, according to Fitch Ratings.

Ministry recommends unfinished wind, solar farms negotiate energy prices

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has asked the Prime Minister about the mechanism for ongoing solar power and transitional wind power projects to enjoy the incentive price.

New securities accounts hit near two-year low in July

The number of newly-opened securities accounts dropped sharply in July to the lowest in about two years as stock market liquidity hit a monthly low.
back_to_top