Imagine 5EyesFarm as a small-scale research and environmental education and learning centre based around innovative and creative approaches to organic farming, sustainable living, health and good food, and community education.
5EyesFarm sits on the foothills of Mount Salak in a Sundanese agricultural village in the Bogor Regency of West Java, Indonesia.
Danti Tarigan and Jonathan Wright established 5EyesFarm in 2016. They made the farm home with James, their adopted son, and Danti’s parents. A small group of local workers help run and manage the various projects and keep the project cycles going.
Permaculture with a sustainability and regeneration focus is a guiding approach. We care about how we grow food from seed to soil to harvest. We research and compare how we source and purchase all farm-related goods to minimise waste and transportation, reduce cost and ensure quality production and sustainable packaging.
Where we can, we substitute standard materials for more effective and sustainable materials so that the building infrastructures are carefully designed through recycling and remaking, restoration and repurposing. In these ways, the cycles of the farm are also carefully managed.
Future food sustainability initiatives include growing more productive and diverse forest gardens (small food forests) and conserving produce through fermentation and curing for long-term storage and enhanced health benefits. Examples include making cheeses, vinegars, pickles, jams, flours and dried foods.
5EyesFarm is a magical place, fairly small and contained, with so much going on everywhere you look that it can’t all be taken in in one visit. We grow 150+ fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, and medicinal plants and raise fish and poultry in different systems.
Experiencing the farm is a great way to connect with nature and learn practical skills like composting, worm farming creating organic layer beds and building small to medium systems that help to grow healthy foods.
These are easily transferable ideas and great project starters for community groups, schools or other organisations.