Thailand’s Veggie Prince
Nakorn “Prince” Limpacuptathavon, 33, is the poster boy for sustainable farming in the city. He started growing chemical-free vegetables on a piece of land next to his own house eight years ago.
By Pornchai Sereemongkonpol
Oct 21, 2016
As his enthusiasm for all things green grew, he began hosting activities at his learning centre, Ban Jaochai Phak, or Veggie Prince’s House, in Lat Prao Soi 71 and now talks at various events to spread his organic farming know-how. Guru chatted with Prince about how urban farming can benefit city life, in case you may want to get out your shovels and garden forks.
How did your ‘Veggie Prince’s House’ come about?
Since I was first interested in agriculture, I learnt to farm through doing and accumulated knowledge and skills along the way. I got to travel to so many places — abroad and in Thailand — to join training, do research or partake in development programmes in rural areas. After I completed my master’s degree, I decided to grow my own veggies and made mindful choices of using healthy and environmentally-friendly products in my daily life. While I was doing research for my master’s degree, I met like-minded Bangkokians such as the Thai Green Market network who encouraged me to create an urban farming class to encourage city people to grow veggies sustainably, like how my wife and I had done with farmers in the provinces. It grew from there.