After a dreary and cold day in SW Ontario, revisiting the time I visited this lovely teak bench beneath the blossoms at The Royal Agricultural Station in Angkhang, Thailand.
For years and years this area's hillsides were completely deforested from slash and burn agriculture for the opium poppy crops. But 1967, King Bhumibol, sick to death of the rampant poverty and corruption, surveyed the area with an idea. Intent to create sustainable farming practices for the devasted ethnic minorities, the King established this station as a testing ground for water management and new crops, suited to this relatively cool climate 1400m above sea level. The project flourished! Coffee, fruits and vegetables became the new money maker for the farmers and the region. More Royal Projects followed and today the hills of Northern Thailand are lush with rich forest canopy and crops galore #strongleadership #sustsinability #opiumreplacement #kingbhumibol #thisisthailand