Little girls love princess, but eco, feminist parents lament the adoration of helpless females who need rescued by princes. My daughter has thankfully moved away from the princess phase, no matter how much I tried to shield her from its influence from the start, but she often still asks about real princesses. I tell her that yes they exist, but that royal families aren't necessarily role models. Now, I have found a princess that is inspiring her subjects to grow organic vegetables.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand is calling on residents of Nan to plant organic gardens. Her own Thong Noi palace, which she visits once or twice a year, is a model of organic farming. Somsak Yasang, the princess' gardener, explains:
Sometimes the princess cuts vegetables in the backyard herself. The vegetables grown in the palace are served on her table. The princess also sells home-grown vegetables at reasonable prices. Some of the surplus produce is processed and sold. Fruit including jackfruit, tamarind and papaya were donated to the nearby Nan Panyanugul school for mentally challenged children.
Money raised by the princess' organic farm is used to fund the promotion of organic gardening in the province. If only one of the Bush twins would take up such a worthy cause, or perhaps the White House lawn could be turned into an biodynamic farm. We might not have an eco first family in the US, but at least Thailand has an organic princess.