The organic garden is a central aspect of the SAE LAO Project and is important to it’s long-term sustainability. In the long term we aim to make the restaurant and the projects entire food consumption 100% sustainable by growing all the fruits, vegetables and herbs in our own garden and buying the rice and animal products from the local community.
SAE LAO works with ecological methods to make the soil more fertile and use natural resources most efficiently. We recently started to compost kitchen and garden leftovers.
In the future we hope to work with field scientists and agriculture students to study the soil and improve farming methods to prepare for future ecological challenges.
A permaculture specialist will join us in October 2023 to improve our work.
Most people grow food for themselves without using chemical fertilizers. When they have an excess they travel to the market in Vang Vieng, 7km away along a bumpy road, having to pay for their petrol and for the market stall that they set up.
As part of promoting environmental practices and increasing incomes for the local community, SAE LAO buys locally grown, organic food from suppliers in Vang Vieng and people in the neighboring villages.
SAE LAO has advertised in the local village that we will buy the food from them for the same price they would get at the market. Additional transportation is then not required. This creates more income for the community and provides our volunteers and staff with fresh, local, organic food.