The February edition of Bamboo U just wrapped up. The Kul Kul Farm team (led by Orin Hardy and Maria Farrugia) wrote a great review. There’s an excerpt of it below, but make sure to read the rest over on The Kul Kul Farm website. Bamboo. The mighty plant of the tropics. The King (and Queen) of natural building. It stands tall in sheltered valleys, grows at a fascinating pace, and is gracefully flexible, strong and beautiful. Let’s face it, bamboo is why many people come to Green School. Combine this abundant material with the Balinese craftsmen and a creative design team.. and you have magic. And who doesn’t want magic? So here we are. Bamboo U: February Edition. Our second successful bamboo building course, envisioned by John Hardy, developed by us at the farm, with the support of Elora Hardy and the IBUKU team. Its a tall order delivering magic in 12 days, whilst giving people the skills and tools to create their own magic elsewhere. Especially when the experts; the Balinese craftsmen, don’t speak fluent English. But, when creative, …
The Bamboo U camp held in 2016 was incredible. Take a look at the video below and then join us for the 2017 version. Bamboo U is a design and bamboo building workshop in Bali hosted by the Kul Kul Farm at the Green School; facilitated in collaboration with the bamboo design firm, IBUKU. Bamboo U is an opportunity to design and build with bamboo alongside some of the architects, designers and craftsmen who built Green School. The group will investigate the available sites and hear from Elora Hardy and her team at IBUKU, the design firm that designed many of the classrooms at Green School and all the houses at Green Village.
The real world of architecture and engineering learning about the world of bamboo is critical. As long as bamboo remains an oddity in the tropical world, it will remain an oddity in the tropical world. If people like Neil Thomas, Atelier One and the Architectural Association start to embrace bamboo, it would be amazing. My dream is to have a bamboo university where engineering and architecture students come from around the world to learn about bamboo and take it home with them. Very, very happy to be starting with the AA, a school which many consider is the top architecture school in the world. Certainly they have produced some amazing people. -JH The Bamboo U experience with the Architectural Association: Sunday 11 – Thursday 22 September 2016 BambooU(niversity) was an idea originally conceived to help teach professionals about the potential of bamboo as a green building material. In its current form it is a design and build workshop hosted by the Kul Kul Farm at the Green School Bali; in collaboration with the structural engineering …
Elora Hardy’s 9 favorite places in Ubud, including Bambu Indah, The Kul Kul Farm and Green Village were featured in the June 2016 edition of AFAR Magazine. Read the interview with her here.
Have a spare four days in November? Come and do this great permaculture course in Bali. Held by the team at Kul Kul Farm, they have this to say: Learn the fundamentals of Permaculture Design and apply it to your own land. This 4-day ‘design your own project’ course takes place over 2 weekends and is created specifically for people who would like to design their own project using permaculture principles and ethics. It will help you avoid pitfalls and common mistakes in developing a new piece of land, especially when designing here in Bali. The course will start with conceptualising your ideas and being able to clearly communicate your vision for your space with other stake holders and family. This will give you the design know-how and concepts to turn this vision into tangible elements that can be placed, tested and costed to your project. Each student will have professional and experienced instructors provide advice, guidance and direction.
Orin, Made and Maria from the Kul Kul Farm make it into Modern Farmer magazine. The trio recognizes the hard truth about agricultural finances, so they’ve expanded beyond fruits and veggies to host farming workshops and will soon begin hawking garden supplies online. “Young people here don’t see a future in farming,” Hardy says of Bali’s tourism-driven economy. “But I don’t see a future without farming.” Read the whole article here.
The Kul Kul Farm, founded by my son Orin and partner Maria Farrugia, is a living, learning farm, market garden and education centre offering residential courses, weekend workshops and events in regenerative agriculture, organic food-growing and sustainable living. Orin said to me when he graduated from university, “Why didn’t you make me study something where I could get a job?” And I said to him, “I didn’t know making you was part of the equation. It’s not about getting a job, Orin, its about creating jobs that make the world a better place,” and here he is. He’s creating jobs and food and making the world a better place in a beautiful partnership. This summer the Farm has a Permaculture Design Course taking place from August 7-23, 2015, with Penny Livingston Smith. Check out the short video below for more information.