All posts tagged: permaculture design

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 …

The Kul Kul Farm trio

Meet the Modern Farmers of Bali

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.

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.