Andrew J Wood
Inauguration of the first Skål Krabi Community Farm
KRABI,Thailand: Skal Krabi inaugurated a roof top community farming concept to help feed the local communities during these unprecedented challenging times.
Wolfgang Grimm, President of Skal International Krabi and National President of Skal International Thailand, welcomed the presence of the presidents of the Krabi Chamber of Commerce; Krabi Hotel Association and Krabi Tourism Association, to witness how to contribute to sustainable living and tourism at the Castle Residence in Krabi.
Owners of flat roofs are invited to allow communities greening their property with edible landscapes by installing Hydroponic and Aquaponic farms. Thereby reducing their carbon impact and at the same time allowing the community to benefit from the trading of organic salad sold to hotels, restaurants and local markets.
Alternatively hotels and restaurants are encouraged to explore how farming can be embedded into community tourism itineraries like the Thalane River Eco Cruise powered by solar energy, utilising an electric longtail boat. This is operated by the eco award winning ANANA Ecological Resort Krabi. Guests can visit the mangroves and bird sanctuaries and then experience the tranquil life on the river with organic refreshments, using the community farms produce, during a visit to a private beach.
All transfers from Aonang and Klong Muang are eco friendly using carbon neutral vans.
Members of Skal Krabi funded the community farms infrastructure with Song Phupha Organic Farm providing professional guidance.
Skal Krabi offers ongoing advice and support to more communities with the hope that local Government and the Tourism Authority (TAT) will consider participating too.
In the long term it is hoped such Initiatives will contribute to an intact ecological environment that reduces over-tourism while encouraging and empowering the community to invest time and money into the future of their children.
Skal Krabi and Thailand