All posts tagged: Orin Hardy

Sumba Hospirality Foundation permaculture gardens

The permaculture gardens of the Sumba Hospitality campus

Orin has been working on the gardens at the Sumba Hospitality Foundation as long as the IBUKU team were planning the beautiful buildings. They have really become something special. The Sumba Hotel School is setting a new tone for development on an island that is rapidly becoming another tourism destination in Indonesia. Built entirely of bamboo, this school offers high quality hospitality training to underprivileged young men and women on the island. The campus is off the grid and powered by solar power. Water is recycled and reused to water the gardens. The landscape is designed following permaculture ethics and principles. It includes a extensive food forests, an annual market garden, rotating animal system,  a collection of edible street trees, medicinal plants, and other perennials used for food and animal fodder. Students learn not only how to work in hospitality industry,  but are also taught how to care for the land and how to grow food and raise animals sustainably. It is a beautiful illustration of how to help traditional peoples enter the modern world …

Bamboo U Workshop Bali February 2017 (4 of 13)

Building with bamboo: Photos from Bamboo U

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, …

John Hardy in TED Stories film

TED Stories: What if kids could change the world?

Part of a series of stories created by ARTE France for TED Stories.  This 50 minute documentary features interviews from John Hardy, Orin Hardy, and staff and students from Green School Bali as they explore how children can change the world. At 11 and 13 years-old, Melati and Isabel Wijsen started an enormous fight to force their government to ban plastic bags in Bali. Their island crumbles under mass tourism and consumption. An army of little hands strives to hide it all. Stakes are high. 67% of GDP depends on tourism. And the plastic crisis only makes climate change worse. We went to meet the two sisters in their home in Bali, a paradise at the forefront of climate change. They share their experience on activism and kids empowerment and their secret : Melati and Isabel attend Green School, in the heart of Bali. Founded by John Hardy, this experimental school immerses kids with their reality : a world about to end, and another one to invent.

Orin and Maria at the Kul Kul Farm

Orin & Maria’s Kul Kul Farm: Making the world a better place

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.