Our Community

Since its beginning in 1962, Sampran Riverside has reached out to the local community in various ways and has gradually grown with them, starting from offering long term employment opportunities to venturing out to support organic agriculture.

Sampran Model

For the last 6 years, Sampran Riverside has been engaging with our local community promoting organic agriculture through the Sampran Model. The project is managed by Bliss Foundation with funding from Thai Health Promotion Foundation and Thailand Research Fund. Through the Sampran Model, we source approximately 8 tonnes of organic vegetables, fruits and herbs and 3 tonnes of organic rice per month from local farmers for our restaurants and spa. We also collaborate with local schools to promote organic farming for the children’s health and understanding of sustainability.

Visit Sampran Model’s website for more information.

Organic Farming at Public Schools

In 2015, the staff at Sampran Riverside headed out in teams to nearby public schools to prepare organic vegetable plots on their schools grounds. The students then later used the harvest for their own consumption at school and were able to sell any surplus at local markets. The young children also helped with the gardening and learning in the process the health and environment benefits of organic farming. Some of the temple schools we visited were Wat Dechanusorn and Wat Sanphet.

Sookjai Weekend Farmer’s Market

In November 2010, Sampran Riverside further engaged with the local community by opening a weekend farmer’s market called ‘Talad Sookjai’ for those who practice organic farming to come and sell their produces and delicacies. Regular tests are carried out every 2 weeks to ensure toxic chemicals are not used, and monthly workshops at the market pavilion related to organic farming and holistic health are provided to visitors. The community market has its own direct entrance and is open every Saturday and Sunday from 09.00hrs to 16.00hrs.

Sookjai Organic Agriculture Development Centre

The centre opened in April 2013 and is funded by the Thai Health Promotion Fund with a goal for Sampran District to become a producer of organic fruits and vegetables. The centre provides knowledge, support and training with help from Kasetsart University and Ministry of Agriculture to local farmers who would like their farms to be certified organic.