Movement Ground Farm was the brainchild of Kohei Ishihara (aka Farmer Kohei). Before farming became an idea, his background and passion had been in youth and community organizing around issues of racial justice, LGBTQ equality, and immigrant rights; and he has what seemed like a lifetime of experience serving as the Executive Director of the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM).
Kohei turned to farming because of its power to ground and nurture. He feels there is somewhat of a spiritual experience being part of a farm, feeling connected to one’s food, and enjoying this lifestyle in the presence of friends and family. After three years gardening in California and two years working at two New England farms, he began to appreciate how farm fresh food can really bring people together. He also noticed that land brings people together. Pig roasts and bonfires do, too. Eventually, he developed a totally new vision of what a farm could offer. Just think about some of these possibilities:
- We can bring diverse groups of people together – linking communities and movements that are traditionally separated by ideological, geographical, and social schisms.
- We can give displaced immigrants and refugees the opportunity to re-connect with nature, land, and food.
- We can rent out our cabins to awesome groups waging cutting-edge social justice campaigns, and provide them with a farm-fresh retreat experience that money alone could never buy.
- We can build a local food distribution system and establish a level of food sovereignty and be ready for impending droughts and food shortages.
So that is how Movement Ground Farm (MGF) began its birthing process. Through MGF, he hopes to give customers access to some of the freshest vegetables available, an exciting assortment of chicken, duck, and quail eggs, and some occasional shiitake and oyster mushrooms. He also believes, that if you connect to the food, the land, and our intentional community of incredible people, the return on investment will be incalculable, immeasurable, invaluable, and just off the books, in a pretty powerful way.
– Kohei Ishihara (or Farmer Kohei)