Uncle Fa used to be a sea captain from Keelung, and he spent half of his lifetime wandering on fishing boats. Eventually he dumped the boat cable all the way to the bottom of the sea and climbed up to mountains to help Yuan Farm. When I asked him if it’s hot under the scorching sun, Uncle Fa replied “It’s way more comfortable in the mountains than on the boat decks. I feel that my life is more stabilized ever since I can step on the soil with weight!”
Ming-Zhong was born in Jinshan, 1953. As I see Ming-Zhong bending on his knees to sun-dry herbs with his rainy sweats on his entire body and face, I always ask him if he’s tired or not. He always shouts back to me with smile “Not at all, this is nothing! Compared with the work when I was younger…” I can understand that satisfaction brings happiness on Ming-Zhong.
Ming-Yu, the youngest son of Uncle Monkey, returned to his hometown after quitting his job in Taipei. All he wants is to have a peaceful life and to return to nature. Later, he finds peace by working at Yuan’s Workshop in Jinshan.
Chin used to work in the tech industry, however, work took over all his time and he missed out lots of opportunities to spend time with family, and of course, he lost his healthy self. Then he chose to return to his hometown and started to work for organic planting. After getting involved with nature, he found his true life and health back. By a lovely encounter, he came to Yuan Workshop to work and continues his organic living.
Han-Chang is a young man from Jinshan. On his days off, he grows yams and rice at home, and he is also a local tour guide. He proudly mentions his daughter as always. He told me that his biggest wish is to hope everyone in his family could be safe and happy. Then, all his hard work is worthy of giving his family happiness. Every time I see Han-Chang bowing at the farm, and I am touched by his humbleness and selfless devotion.
Uncle Monkey is a Jinshan-native. We love to listen to his old Jinshan tales. We always ask him what he did for a living when he was young, and he always smiles away with his wrinkles on his face and turns around to bundle herbs up without saying a word. I believe that we just DO it, and that’s the best answer of life that that Uncle Monkey teaches us. (Retired in 2014)