The root of the matter – The Nation

Pattarawadee Saengmanee

The Sunday Nation March 29, 2015 1:00 am

A community garden and urban farm find a home in trendy Thonglor

THE DENIZENS of upmarket Soi Thonglor are no strangers to the opening of new establishments on their street, having watched hundreds of restaurants, bars and nightlife venues come and go over the years. The latest kid on the block, however, falls into none of those categories. The Root Garden, as it is called, is in fact an organic farm and home to plots of vegetables and plants, a chicken coop, a goat pen and a fishpond.

Open since January, Root Garden is located next to the Pridi Banomyong Institute on Thonglor Soi 3 and aims to promote sustainable agriculture to the urban masses. Local kids already love it and seem to enjoy learning that their food comes from the land and not a motorbike-riding delivery boy.

The fruit of a collaboration between international NGO Oxfam and various people volunteer networks that have worked on human rights for more than a decade, the project is also promoting the land reform campaign and showcases how abandoned land can be transformed into a multipurpose space, open to everyone in the community to enjoy.

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