DestinationsThe multi-faceted farm, set on 142 hectares of land, is a joint venture with two Michelin-star chef James Noble of The Boutique Farmers

Banyan Tree Group plants gourmet organic farm in Chiang Mai

Ori9in, a collaboration with British chef James Noble, will open its doors in October 2020.
Ori9in, a collaboration with British chef James Noble, will open its doors in October 2020.

Banyan Tree Group has teamed up with James Noble, two Michelin-star chef-turned-farmer of The Boutique Farmers, to open Ori9in – said to be the first gourmet organic farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Set on 142 hectares of land, Ori9in, which is a 30-minute drive out of Chiang Mai, champions local procurement and sustainably sourced food by committing to biodynamic farming practices and distributing high-quality organic products planted by local farmers.

The multi-faceted farm offers farm rental spaces that allow top Michelin-star chefs from Thailand’s restaurants and hotels to grow specific ingredients and test and plant overseas produce. Families can bond over farming and enjoy freshly harvested vegetables and fruit delivered right to their doorsteps weekly, while local villagers get complimentary vegetables harvesting from the community garden.

Soulful food experiences

A unique experience offered by Ori9in is its White Menu dining, which is said to observe provenance and zero waste as almost all ingredients come from the farm itself or from local cooperatives within a 30-km radius.

To enable a zero-waste kitchen, diners experience an alternative gastronomy of fine dining where ingredients and produce take centre stage.

“Luxury is changing. Fine dining is changing. What people want from the new norm is to know where their food is coming from…” said chef James Noble. “All guests just write their preferences on a white piece of paper, and they love the surprise factor of seeing what I’m able to come up with between that and when I put the dish in front of them. It’s in the moment, yet incredibly considered.”

By featuring seasonal ingredients, the farm is able to constantly refresh its menu with innovative dishes, with healing ingredients like turmeric, ginger or echinacea also freshly picked and mixed into bottled drinks.

Come October, the Ori9in farm will be officially opened to the public from 9am – 6pm daily, with ticketed options for different journeys.

As part of phase two of the farm’s development plan, Ori9in is looking to welcome MICE groups up to 120 pax and even weddings at the spacious Wooden Farm Sala and Lanna House Food Venue, according to Mr Noble.

Teams can also look forward to bonding over hands-on jam/ketchup-making and crops-planting sessions or checking out Asia’s largest Maize Maze.

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