"Reimagining future of smallholding family farms for 21st century"

Drachukha Chiwog, Goen Shari, Punakha Bhutan

At Happy Hill Farm, our family has been tending to this traditional smallholding in a remote village of Punakha for generations. Since 2011, we have been dedicated to experimenting with sustainable farming practices, aspiring to become a model family farm. Our collaborations with Bhutan Blossoms and Drachukha Flower group led to the establishment of Bhutan's first commercial edible flower farm. We have also successfully grown high-end medicinal mushrooms, Reishi Lingzhi, in partnership with NMC, MoAF. Our projects have gained attention locally and across Southeast Asia, inspiring aspiring growers. We strive for economic sustainability while prioritizing the well-being of our farmers, aiming to transform the food and farming sector worldwide.

At Happy Hill Farm, we're on a mission to address the economic sustainability challenges faced by Bhutanese smallholding family farms, while preserving the ecological, social, and cultural/aesthetic appeal that are the cornerstones of Gross National Happiness (GNH).

Our approach involves embracing high-value, low-volume crops through the use of high-tech smart grow houses. We've already made significant strides by successfully growing a rare type of mushroom called Reishi Lingzhi, making us the first farm in Bhutan to achieve this feat. Collaborating with the National Mushroom Centre, Ministry of Agriculture, we're leading the way in meeting the increasing global demand for these rare medicinal mushrooms and herbs.

But that's not all. We're also exploring the potential of organizing our family farms as exclusive high-end Agro tourism products, offering unique Culture, Nature & Spiritual Healing Journey packages in line with the new tourism policies of the country.

Happy Hill Farm aims to solve multiple challenges faced by smallholding family farms in Bhutan:

  • Human-wildlife conflicts & loss of crops and livestock animals.
  • Widening generational gap & traditional farm setting.
  • Lack of appropriate high-tech, high-performing technologies in the sector.
  • Lack of innovative financing & low innovations in the sector.