How this crazy project got started
About a year and a half ago, we had an idea. We had just spent a week in a modest, rustic cabin in the hills. On our way, we visited farmer’s markets and had several inspiring conversations with local producers. The ride back to the cabin was spent talking about the farmers we had met and what it would be like to do what they do. Although they probably didn't make a lot of money, they seemed happy. And why wouldn’t they be? They sell health and happiness. That must feel pretty good.
Over the course of the next few days, friends came up to meet us, and each night we prepared and enjoyed delicious meals made from these beautiful ingredients. The cabin was far from luxurious, but the feeling of contentedness and fulfillment of being surrounded by nature, enjoying fresh, locally produced food in the company of friends was the recipe for forgetting the daily grind we had left behind.
We came to the realization that times like these were a very important part of our happiness. Yet, why did we, like so many of our friends, have so few occasions to enjoy them? Could life really feel like this more often? Was there a difference between standard of living and quality of life? How could we share this feeling with others?
One thing was certain. It was time for a change, and it would start with us.
About Ferme la Machine
Ferme La Machine was born of the desire to escape the "machine" of modern, middle class life by creating a new and better one. We share a growing malaise felt in the middle class, stuck in a cycle of a stressful commute, demanding workdays, too little time, too little sleep, not enough enjoyment and fulfillment in life.
Sparked by a growing awareness of the importance of a more intelligent and sustainable use of our natural resources, concerns about health and wellness, increasing demand for organic products in our communities and the challenges we face making life changes when you are stuck in the machine; the concept of Ferme La Machine Farm was born. We have traded life in this machine for a new one. One of our own creation, that values quality of life, health and community