A DAY IN A FARM

A VISIT TO THE PER­MA­CUL­TURE KUL KUL FARM IN UBUD GIVES NEW HOPE FOR A BRIGHTER FU­TURE…

Bali & Beyond - - CONTENTS - By Wi­win Wir­widya

A visit to Kul Kul Farm in Ubud

If you have de­cided to live healthily and started to con­sume nu­tri­tious or­ganic food, then you prob­a­bly should know where your food ac­tu­ally came from. As a healthy food en­thu­si­ast my­self, I of­ten won­der, “Are th­ese foods re­ally or­ganic? How does a farmer run an or­ganic field?” while in­dulging in my home cook­ing. So I was re­ally ex­cited when I came across the Kul Kul Farm on the in­ter­net, and with­out a sec­ond thought, I paid the farm a visit on a fine Monday.

Lo­cated right next to Green School Bali in Ubud, Kul Kul Farm em­braces a per­ma­cul­ture de­sign sys­tem in farm­ing. Per­ma­cul­ture is a sys­tem of agri­cul­tural and so­cial de­sign that cen­ters on sim­u­lat­ing or di­rectly uti­liz­ing the pat­terns and fea­tures ob­served in nat­u­ral ecosys­tem. But a visit to Kul Kul Farm gives so much more knowl­edge as we can see first­hand how a real farm is man­aged.

Are you ready for farm­ing? Come and join my ad­ven­ture…

TOUR THE GAR­DEN

When I ar­rived at Kul Kul Farm to­gether with my fam­ily, Orin Hardy, the founder of the farm and a land­scape de­signer, and Maria Far­ru­gia, the co-founder, wel­comed me. Soon, our visit be­gan with a farm tour as Orin showed us the gar­den beds where they grow toma­toes, let­tuce, zuc­chini, ba­nana and pa­paya trees, and many more. Al­most no land is left empty be­cause a per­ma­cul­ture gar­den should uti­lize every inch of the ground to

its max­i­mum limit. And all the plants are grown us­ing a per­ma­cul­ture sys­tem.

Orin built the farm in 2012, af­ter he re­turned to Bali from his study at the Ev­er­green State Col­lege in Olympia in Wash­ing­ton D.C., USA. While we were tour­ing the farm, Orin shared his vi­sions for build­ing the farm, one of them be­ing his dreams of re­plac­ing land­scap­ing plants with veg­eta­bles and fruits for many homes and re­sorts around Bali. And af­ter a look around the farm, it was pretty easy to see how Kul Kul Farm is built with pas­sion in grow­ing qual­ity pro­duce to bring peo­ple to­gether and in­vite them to live closer to na­ture.

A GREEN STU­DENT

Aside from a farm tour, Kul Kul Farm also of­fers a Per­ma­cul­ture De­sign Course (PDC), a two-week spe­cial pro­gram that will teach you all about the per­ma­cul­ture sys­tem. Each course is joined by around 25 peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, most of them are teach­ers and stu­dents from around the world.

One of the par­tic­i­pants that day came from Sin­ga­pore. She joined the course so she can ap­ply the per­ma­cul­ture de­sign sys­tem in the el­e­men­tary school where she teaches. The par­tic­i­pants stay at the

tents pro­vided in Kul Kul Farm, and have break­fasts and din­ners with in­gre­di­ents har­vested di­rectly from the farm. I was pretty lucky to be able to join some of the ac­tiv­i­ties at Green School Bali where the course took place.

Both the Kul Kul Farm and the PDC are be­ing men­tored by Peter Barge and Kinchem Hege­dus, the brains be­hind the fa­mous Jam­beroo Val­ley Farm in Syd­ney in Aus­tralia. Now, they live right next to the Kul Kul Farm, and every day they share their ex­pe­ri­ence and ded­i­ca­tion to per­ma­cul­ture prin­ci­ples to the Kul Kul team.

Per­ma­cul­ture is not only about farm­ing and har­vest­ing qual­ity pro­duce. It also takes com­mit­ment that in­volves in­tegrity, unity in di­ver­sity, com­mu­nity, as well as the will­ing­ness to im­prove the life of all stake­hold­ers and sup­port of lo­cal farm­ers. Kul Kul Farm also con­ducts a free or­ganic gar­den­ing work­shop at the farm every Thurs­day morn­ing un­til lunchtime. Of course, this ac­tiv­ity is per­fect for you who are look­ing for an ed­u­ca­tional fam­ily day out in Bali that also makes you one with na­ture.

Kul Kul Farm Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja, Sibang Kaja, Abianse­mal, Ubud 0811-3896-070 www.kulkul­farm­bali.com

Here, the farm stores their har­vests.

The PDC par­tic­i­pants.

Qual­ity pro­duce are planted at the per­ma­cul­ture farm.

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