Nestled under the foothills and just a 15-minute drive from Zhongshan City Centre (Guangdong Province, China) lies Flow Organic Farm and Animal Sanctuary.
The Farm encompasses 270 acres of land, and the founders are 10 years into a 40-year lease.
Flow Farm aims to promote a plant-based lifestyle. It also nurtures the 91 animals which the owner/manager (Justine) refers to as her children.
On entering the Farm precinct you find the shop, office and kitchen facility. It is newly constructed from three shipping containers. An old Lychee tree shades the adjoining outdoor patio area.
The Animals of Flow Farm
Our visit began with a tour of the Farm. “Hong Kong Pig Save” Group joined us. These animal lovers were to spend two days and one night on the Farm. They will help to erect new animal enclosures, clean enclosures and groom the animals. The purpose of this group is touching. It is to follow and meet pig transport trucks in order to give the animals water to drink. They pay “last respects” before the pigs go to slaughter.
Our tour took us to visit all of the animal enclosures. We saw numerous rabbits, 16 dogs, 12 pigs, 18 donkeys, and even a few turkeys. There are 91 animals on the Farm in total.
A male Mini-pig was given to the Farm. They then purchased two female mini-pigs for the company. Three pigs reproduced into twelve. The funny part is that none of the pigs are mini. They are very large and continue to grow vertically on a daily basis.
Features and Facilities
The tour continued past a Mulberry tree orchard, vegetable and herb gardens. It also passed what looked like a huge cactus garden but was actually a Dragon Fruit orchard. The Farm grows over 200 varieties of fruit, vegetables
Atop a hill is a flat, grassed area used as a camping ground. It has showers, toilets, and a dormitory for indoor sleeping. This area leads to multiple hiking trails and even an old Chinese Monument.
Lunch was served on the patio and we were presented with three courses of delicious plant-based food. The farm grows most of the ingredients used in the meals provided.
The Farm hires 18 full-time employees. Tour, corporate events, educational programs for schools, and sales of their
From Fashion Design to Organic Farm
This provided an opportunity to speak with Farm founder (Justine) to discover how it all came about.
Justine studied fashion design in Paris and went on to work in New York. Meanwhile, her Father (part-owner of the nearby Crowne-Plaza Hotel) rented the land and began cultivation. His grandfather was a farmer and it was his dream to one day continue the legacy.
Justine fell in love with the Farm and as a result gave up her career in fashion. She has never been happier than when tending to her plants and animals.
I asked Justine if she misses the creative career she had in Fashion Design. She explained that there is plenty of opportunity for creative thought and action in Managing the Farm. She is continually looking at unique programs to run and fresh ways to market and promote their products and services.
Justine is a truly inspirational young woman. Her love for animals and care for the health of other humans oozes from her graceful, warm persona.
Visit the Farm, lose yourself in every moment, and find yourself in perfect FLOW.