Neil and Su's farm is pretty small, about 2 acres of land. They have geese, ducks, chickens, bananas, herbs, peas, corn, tomatoes, cantaloupe, okra, catfish, and more.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The farm we are currently at is in Bang Pra, which is an one-two hours SE of Bangkok. It is owned by Neil and Su Willmann. Neil is originally from the Chicago and is a retired Navy guy. We spent many years as chief engineer on some Navy ships. Su is Neil's wife, who is Thai. They have been married for about 3 years and started their farm about one year ago. The farm is about a 5 minute drive from their house. Neil and Su have so many projects going on right now. Neil calls it "project creep," where you start something small and end up with something unmanageable. They bought their house a few years ago and are doing massive renovations. They are adding a spa for Thai massage and other Japanese treatments onto the front of their house. At their farm they are building a huge house for several things. Neil has many interests which he pursues. One of them is boatbuilding, so he is creating a boat building workshop at the farm house. Neil spent many years teaching sailing in Japan, and their house is near the ocean and a reservoir, so he hopes to build a boat he can sail around here. He also is a potter, so he is creating a pottery studio.