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Introduction: Om Phonepasith is the owner of Mekong Eden Farm located in one of the edges of the Mekong river close to the beautiful city of Luang Prabang. He advocates for ecological agriculture defending organic techniques against conventional ones (using chemicals, monocultures...). He invites locals and foreigns to visit his gardens and learn about ecological agriculture, Laos culture or just enjoy the great view from the farm.

Date of birth
06/02/1991

City of birth
Saiyaboury, Laos

1. What makes you smile in life?
Giving and sharing with people. An inner smile. Helping people (especially in farming) by bringing new chances to the people who don’t have any. Helping through education.

2. What are you afraid of in life?
I’m afraid of losing my freedom. I’m afraid of not having my own speech, of not saying what I want to say. If one loses freedom, one loses creativity. Sometimes I’m afraid of making choices that may go wrong.

3. What is your passion?
What I’m doing at Mekong Eden Farm is my passion. Things that are good for the people and for the planet. Sharing, helping and teaching other people in a small community in peace and living a simple life these are the key factors to reach happiness.

4. What would you like to change in your life?
I would like to change the way people perceive the environment and nature.

5. What do you regret the most in your life?
No regrets.

6. How many hours a week do you normally work?
40 hours per week. I’ve been working all the time, taking care of the farm at any moment, but now I want to split my time, some time for working and some for me.

7. What is the thing you would like to do or see before you die?
I want to see more world, different cultures, ethnics and social contexts. I realise how I changed myself when I travelled in the past. I see the benefits of traveling, especially in opening the eyes to different realities.

8. What is your view of the future of mankind?
There are 2 groups of people, one focusing on development exclusively  and a second one that is aware of the environment fragility and it takes care of it. However, the main group of people are going in the wrong direction.

It’s quite frustrating when a project to promote organic farming is launched, building infrastructure and spending money and energy in a small village. Then suddenly a mining company arrives close to the village ruining all the work done.

Om´s hands
Om´s hands