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