Tradition With A Touch of Modern
Back to basics
Before big agriculture came and GMO seedlings, chemical pesticides and lab made herbicides to farmers in Indonesia (and everywhere), people used natural farming tecniques and grew a far more diverse range of foods. This was both good for their own families and for the market. It was slower to grow heritage rice but it went further. There were skills and deep knowledge around growing a wide variaty of forest garden plants around trees with vines, herbs, spices and other plants mixed in. Today keeping hold of that knowledge and implementing the traditional ways with some modern systems like aquaponics we aim to recreate forest gardens, starting at 5EyesFarm. We believe this will benefit the local farmers, create more income, jobs and healthier foods. We believe this could be passed on and implimented anywhere.
The old Forest farming is a knowledge of the hands. It combines plant lore that has been passed down with hundreds of intricate tecniques for growing food – but most of all it becomes an instinct working with hands and a knowledge that is difficult to communicate.
Composting naturally, mulching continually, planting diversely treats the soil more than any single method. It is good to test pH, add natural minerals, rotate nitrogen fixers and harness microorganisms but ultimately most of this is achieved by simply building a diverse forrest garden.
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A beautiful plan
1. Soursop- small variety – 16
2. Soursop- big variety – 5
3. Guava – 3
4. Mango – 11
5. Longan/Lengkeng – 7
6. Mangosteen 1
7. Jackfruit – 11
8. Rose apple/water apple/jambu air – 3
Total: 57 seedlings ranging in age from 3-5 months planted November 2019