Organic Life

Learning & growing

Organic farm

The organic farm includes the animal farm, the aquaponics, the medicinal farm, the productive raised beds and the orchids.

Organic foods

We offer Great Foods workshops at the Farm. from harvesting to preparing to cooking and feasting these are hands-on experiences that change us for the better.

Organic life - stories from the farm

We offer consultancies and workshops around Indonesia in practical ways to eat well and creative cooking and food preparation. Proceeds help support our community engagement projects.

Organic life

An organic farm is a set of integrated systems. It is not just the food we grow or the fruit we harvest. It is the variety – the infrastructure and what it is made from – the cost ratio’s, the water. It is also the methods used and the harnessing of natural cycles and systems with a touch of technology to help guide and produce. It is deep care of animals and plants and soil and all the processes that take pace in a production cycle. It is waste management and earth stewardship. 

We are what we eat!

Farm-to-table would be ideal and we certainly aim at that on the farm for our guests. For people living in the city, it is often tempting to get take out and basically not think too much about what we are eating. Then, when we have dependant mouths to feed we start to feel the need to learn more about where our food comes from and what benefits our food has. Yet discovering some basic cooking, food use and nutrition skills is not part of the life book these days. We are here to help.

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Organic Farming

The organic farm includes the animal farm, the aquaponics, the medicinal farm, the productive raised beds and the orchids. It also includes the worm farms, the cricket farm, the black soldier fly (BSF) farm and the compost processing centre. Organic farming is about a combination of growing strategies and practices that enhance the natural process that benefits production, health and the whole system. Composting and good soils, drainage and mulch, bedding and seed stock, rotation and natural pest controls are but some of the practices around organic farming. As with life, organic farming is a long term commitment and investment. It is not a short term cash crop approach. Establishing an organic farm is creating a solid foundation that matures with time. The longer it is established the less work is involved and the better it produces. 

Chapters of organic farming

Animal Farm

The animal farm is an important part of the organic life at 5EyesFarm. We raise 4 species of fowl – Duck, Chicken, Quail and Goose. We raise them on hand made organic food from the farm made three times a day. These birds are free-range and have a wonderful environment that includes a pond, a river, shaded tree space, open space and several shelters. The large barn houses most of them at night. We raise them primarily for their eggs and occasionally for their meat. 

Aquaponics

-Aquaponics is the magical system of growing plants and fish together and both help each other. This type of organic water farming is sustainable, water saving and improves food production and quality. Using aquaponics, we are developing a food security strategy for the future. Phase one is underway with Tilapia Nile and a range of cropping from water-crest to tomatoes to lettuce and a variety of experimental plantings. 

Raised Beds

When we mix dry waste with compost and soil we are adding carbon into the mix and also because the dry waste is coarse it allows a good deal of oxygen and retains moisture far more than exposed soil. Such an environment (air, water, soil, compost, dry waste) is the staple for a healthy garden bed. It promotes earthworm activity and especially promotes the growth of good bacteria’s, fungi and microorganisms. These are all working the pile into good hummus for the future.

Insectarium

When we mix dry waste with compost and soil we are adding carbon into the mix and also because the dry waste is coarse it allows a good deal of oxygen and retains moisture far more than exposed soil. Such an environment (air, water, soil, compost, dry waste) is the staple for a healthy garden bed. It promotes earthworm activity and especially promotes the growth of good bacteria’s, fungi and microorganisms. These are all working the pile into good hummus for the future.

Organic gardening is not about just substituting toxic chemicals with less toxic ones, but about a whole different way of thinking and working. It is a conscious effort to cooperate with Nature in the creation of health and abundance for all.

Heide Hermary

The Essence of Organic Gardening

 

Organic farming includes the animals, the fish what they eat...

Organic farming is a method of using whatever nature and the systems and living things discard and reusing everything differently. Clippings and off cuts, trimmings and weeds become mulch or compost or food. There is no waste from waste here. It is one giant recycling project to create the best of healthy, dynamic and diverse foods.

Organic

Organic farming is about the health of the whole cycle of productive growing. Soil, water, seeds, rotation, natural pest management, compost making and a host of other elements come into play. At 5EyesFarm we grow all our food organically. Fruit, vegetables and herbs & spices. But we also raise free-range organic poultry and fresh-water fish. Each system we run, including making food for the animals on site, is designed for best practice in organic management.

Free-Range

The Ducks, Chickens, Geese and Quail have a big, safe home at 5EyesFam. They can swim, lounge, forage, and meander around both indoors and outside. They eat grubs, worms and snails along with their organically prepared, hand made 3 meals a day.

Banana planting

Recycled Irrigation

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Make a raised garden

A Green-Ed workshop

Learn to create a raised garden bed

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Introduction to organic gardening

A Green-Ed workshop

Learn the elements of organic gardening and prepare for your own project

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Grow your own herbs & teas

A Green-Ed Workshop

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Heide Hermary

The Essence of Organic Gardening

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