In Kui ethnic language in Surin province, “Sae Tom” refers to “the paddy field at a brook’s edge”, a perfect setting for cultivation. Sa Tom Organic Farm places the emphasis firmly on chemical-free organic farming throughout all of its production processes and serves as a learning center for the cultivation of rice, a major commercial crop of both Surin and Thailand as a whole. The farm disseminates knowledge on the native rice farming techniques for a diverse range of rice species including Surin Black Jasmine Rice, Komen Surin Red Jasmine Rice, Brown Phaka Ampuen Rice, and Tri-Jasmine Rice, as well as fermented rice to make wine. The locals are also engaged in arranging numerous activities to welcome travelers, for example, slipping into a Mo Hom (natural indigo dyed) outfit before trying their hand at the transplantation of paddy sprouts following the Kui ethnic rice farming method, growing backyard vegetables and organic fruit sand harvesting fresh produce to cook healthy menus without leaving damaging chemical residues. For local community-based learning activities, travelers can enjoy kayaking down the network of natural local streams and observing the freshwater fishing lifestyle along the Chi River with Surin Kayak Club.
A relaxing visit to the Farm Stay with a taste of the organic farming lifestyle is an opportunity for travelers to fully recharge their batteries, enjoy some simple pleasures and give something back by supporting local products and services such as food, accommodations, or souvenirs. Tourism here directly benefits the local economy and encourages organic farmers to continue striving towards their goal of sustainable utilization of natural resources.