mora mora, meaning “slowly, slowly”

It began simply as a thought: food and the act of farming hold the potential and the power to be restorative for the individual, the community, and the earth.

When I first began farming, I was struck by the meditative power that it had for my mind and my body. The clean and quiet air, the simple repetition of my hands, the awareness of life all around me. It was a nice break from the hecticness of my life with its hyperactivity and unending list of concerns. My path to farming, in all honesty, began as a pursuit of quietness and calm.

As personal of an endeavor as it was, it remained very clear to me that farming also carried a subtle power to connect people in a way no other profession I encountered did. The physical need for food was obvious, but its capacity to fulfill the need for deep social connection….that was something I could not get out of my head. My closest relationships have been built and strengthened in the context of a dinner table.

Even with the potential to bring health and wholeness back to an individual and a community, there was still more latent potential for the planet itself. Through reading and research, I found that there are ways of growing food that both care for and restore the planet. The earth, like the human body, knows what it needs. The farm works off the idea that the earth can sustain and heal itself, so long as our inputs promote healthy soil.

The divide between dormant potential and actualized power is hidden, I believe, in the name of the farm.

mora mora, meaning “slowly, slowly”

Physical and mental well-being, authentic community and connection, proper care for the planet - attaining these things lie on the practice of slowing down. The vision and methodology of Mora Mora Farm was not born out of theory, but out of experience.

Food and farming are the means, but mora mora is the mindset.

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.
— Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution