Organic Life – stories from the farm

Organic Life – stories from the farm

The goal of organic life is to bring health and well-being to every aspect, decision, approach and outcome we undertake. It is  challenging but worthwhile and exciting seeing something different emerge – something a bit more resilient than our old consumer...
Fantastic tropical aquaponics in the making

Fantastic tropical aquaponics in the making

Making Aquaponics in the jungle To build the aquaponics, we recycled 6,500 car tyres in the infrastructure build. Don’t worry, the tyres are sealed and cannot contaminate the system.  For the first stage pictured above, the plumbing is elaborate – it...
The Masheer, a beautiful fresh water fish

The Masheer, a beautiful fresh water fish

The Masheer is a prize freshwater fish growing up to 2 meters long, majestic and revered for its beauty. From the Himalayas through the Indian subcontinent and around to China via South-Eastern Asia this fish has a long history. The Mahseer fish as an emblem of the...
Bee farming in the backyard is fun and good

Bee farming in the backyard is fun and good

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm Keeping Honey Bee in our Urban backyard This story is about European honey bees in Melbourne, Australia. At 5EyesFarm we have the Asian Honey bee and several...
The bees have moved in to the spare room

The bees have moved in to the spare room

Your Title Goes Here We learned the ropes of beekeeping in Australia for some years with a few urban hives. These were Apis mellifera (commonly called European Honey Bees (EHB) though they probably originated in Egypt). But since establishing 5EyesFarm in Java,...
Cornsilk – the mysteriously easy, healing tea

Cornsilk – the mysteriously easy, healing tea

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm CORNSILK TEA We have been casually discarding corn-silk,  casually throwing it aside as fussy useless stuff for decades. You know,  the pesky stuff that...
The terror and delight of the invisible glass trap

The terror and delight of the invisible glass trap

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm As a human invention, glass is a remarkable thing. It helps us see, keeps the elements at bay and holds our precious liquid tonics. If you have even watched a...
The versatile banana holds special secrets

The versatile banana holds special secrets

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm Bananas - what's the deal? The humble banana is not a fruit but a berry! Furthermore, it is not a tree but a herb! Yes, a banana plant is technically a large...
Whip Scorpions look scary but don’t sting

Whip Scorpions look scary but don’t sting

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm They don't sting Whip Scorpions are not actually scorpions. Nor are they spiders. But they ae related to both. Theirs is a unique classification: Kingdom –...
Intrepid adventures in homeschooling on the farm

Intrepid adventures in homeschooling on the farm

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm Homeschooling on the farm Too good to be true At the best of times, it can be a challenge for children and parents alike when it comes to balancing school...
A great good food quest

A great good food quest

Do we really want to know? I didn’t. Where does our food come from, how it is grown or raised and what’s actually in it? And besides, what do we do about it even if we know? What can we do if the supermarkets provide fruit and vegetables that are grown with lab...
Long-horn a beautiful beetle story

Long-horn a beautiful beetle story

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm Long-Horn Maybe the fascination of insects and creatures here gets us swept up a bit, but while eating dinner there is a visitor so majestic it cannot be...
Mole Cricket – the trumpet singer

Mole Cricket – the trumpet singer

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm The (ugly) romantic trumpet player The mysterious mole cricket is the platypus of the insect world and a romantic singer. The mole cricket looks like a...
Nutmeg – a healing spice

Nutmeg – a healing spice

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm Nutmeg - a healing spice (Ah, I can smell that incredible smell and even feel it on my skin…) A nutmeg pod dislodged itself from the tree, cast its...
Big waste versus small waste management

Big waste versus small waste management

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm We feed the green waste to the insects - and feed the insects to the animals Greater Jakarta is a populated place. Waste production from the greater city has...
The Mormon Butterfly

The Mormon Butterfly

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm Butterfly poetry Never has black been so velvet. Stare for even a moment, and it draws you into a vast abyss of mesmerising travel. It is the black of all...
Forest Garden

Forest Garden

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm 5EyesOrganic – Creating a Forest Garden – bring on the biodiversity. A forest garden is a layered garden that consists of food-producing plants....
Organic Rosella

Organic Rosella

Posts Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm Rosella is the edible fruit of the hibiscus plant. We use it to make a special jam, and a base for juices. We grow a range of medicinal plants at 5EyesFarm....