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September 30, 2017 | Last Modified: 2017

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This beautifully landscaped 70-acre botanical park by the Ta Chine River is located just outside Bangkok and has provided local entertainment, relaxation, accommodation and a place to meet since 1962. Culture, tradition and a native way of life have been preserved through daily practices and performances.

50 years ago, the grand parents of Arrut Navaraj bought 70 acres of unspoiled land along the Ta-Chine River within the city limits of Nakorn Pathom.
The area was developed into a hotel, a cultural center, restaurants, and a garden for outdoor events. Two generations later, a simple fruit garden turned into a EU certified organic farm that produces herbs, fruit and vegetable on 10 acres.

Responsibility

For the last 6 years, Sampran Riverside has been engaging with local farmers of Nakornpatom province promoting organic agriculture through the Sampran Model. The project operates under the Bliss Foundation with funding from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Thailand Research Fund.

Conventional farmers mostly depend on middlemen who dictate price and specifications for their produce. Farmers therefore could never name their price, yet at the same time, could never control their costs due to the rising price of agrochemicals. Farmers’ debt problems worsen whilst their health and environment deteriorate with the prolonged use of agrochemicals. This vicious cycle applies to most farmers who account for approximately 35% of Thailand’s population. Therefore, most of our country’s socio-economic problems could be resolved by addressing this unbalanced and destructive food supply-chain problem. Mr. Arrut Nawarat, the project’s mastermind, is an ardent advocate of integrated organic agriculture. Farmers’ produce is directly delivered to customers at reasonable prices. The aim is to put the community’s production-related economic, social and environmental systems on a sustainable basis. Of late, Mr. Arrut has helped local organic farmers expand their customer base to major hotels in Bangkok.

„The farm has two aspects: We show local farmers how to cultivate and process fruits, herbs and vegetables organically. This is perfect for mother earth and its inhabitants, but also generates new channels and business for them“, arguments Arrut proudly. „On the other side, guests do experience authentic tours, participate on the daily farm life and see how the ingredients for their meals, tees or cosmetic products are cultivated“.

Business Case

The Sampran organic farm, located 30 kilometers away from Bangkok, and is still owned by the family Narawach. The former hotel „Rose Garden“ was renamed and became the „Sampran Riverside“. Not only the name changed, but also the concept of the hotel was converted. Visitors can experience warm hearted Thai hospitality, Thai cuisine with organic ingredients from the farm, tea ceremonies with organic tea from own cultivation, cultural workshops, a farmers market, the Patom Organic Spa with an own biological cosmetics line, containing hair- and body products as well as natural scents. Furthermore, the Sampran Riverside offers local tours.

The formula works. For two consecutive years, the Sampran Organic Farm had received the Thailand Tourism Awards in the Category of Excellence in Recreational Attractions. This is a well-deserved win for local commitment and the successful implementation of the public initiative “Farm to Function”. A unique model that creates direct demand through the integration of entrepreneurs and local farmers. Still now, the Sampran Organic Farm has become an outstanding farm model for Asian agriculture.

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This beautifully landscaped 70-acre botanical park by the Ta Chine River is located just outside Bangkok and has provided local entertainment, relaxation, accommodation and a place to meet since 1962. Culture, tradition and a native way of life have been preserved through daily practices and performances.

50 years ago, the grand parents of Arrut Navaraj bought 70 acres of unspoiled land along the Ta-Chine River within the city limits of Nakorn Pathom.
The area was developed into a hotel, a cultural center, restaurants, and a garden for outdoor events. Two generations later, a simple fruit garden turned into a EU certified organic farm that produces herbs, fruit and vegetable on 10 acres.

For the last 6 years, Sampran Riverside has been engaging with local farmers of Nakornpatom province promoting organic agriculture through the Sampran Model. The project operates under the Bliss Foundation with funding from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Thailand Research Fund.

Conventional farmers mostly depend on middlemen who dictate price and specifications for their produce. Farmers therefore could never name their price, yet at the same time, could never control their costs due to the rising price of agrochemicals. Farmers’ debt problems worsen whilst their health and environment deteriorate with the prolonged use of agrochemicals. This vicious cycle applies to most farmers who account for approximately 35% of Thailand’s population. Therefore, most of our country’s socio-economic problems could be resolved by addressing this unbalanced and destructive food supply-chain problem. Mr. Arrut Nawarat, the project’s mastermind, is an ardent advocate of integrated organic agriculture. Farmers’ produce is directly delivered to customers at reasonable prices. The aim is to put the community’s production-related economic, social and environmental systems on a sustainable basis. Of late, Mr. Arrut has helped local organic farmers expand their customer base to major hotels in Bangkok.

„The farm has two aspects: We show local farmers how to cultivate and process fruits, herbs and vegetables organically. This is perfect for mother earth and its inhabitants, but also generates new channels and business for them“, arguments Arrut proudly. „On the other side, guests do experience authentic tours, participate on the daily farm life and see how the ingredients for their meals, tees or cosmetic products are cultivated“.

The Sampran organic farm, located 30 kilometers away from Bangkok, and is still owned by the family Narawach. The former hotel „Rose Garden“ was renamed and became the „Sampran Riverside“. Not only the name changed, but also the concept of the hotel was converted. Visitors can experience warm hearted Thai hospitality, Thai cuisine with organic ingredients from the farm, tea ceremonies with organic tea from own cultivation, cultural workshops, a farmers market, the Patom Organic Spa with an own biological cosmetics line, containing hair- and body products as well as natural scents. Furthermore, the Sampran Riverside offers local tours.

The formula works. For two consecutive years, the Sampran Organic Farm had received the Thailand Tourism Awards in the Category of Excellence in Recreational Attractions. This is a well-deserved win for local commitment and the successful implementation of the public initiative “Farm to Function”. A unique model that creates direct demand through the integration of entrepreneurs and local farmers. Still now, the Sampran Organic Farm has become an outstanding farm model for Asian agriculture.

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