Bali Rungu Organic Farm
I'm Gede Green and my farm is Bali Rungu Organic Farm in the mountains near Baturiti, Tabanan. Bali Rungu means "care about Bali". I grow on two different properties. First, a 2.2-hectare farm purchased in 2007; and second, my family's 30 are of historically non-chemical land.
I'm very serious about my farm, and I want to show people in my village about healthy food and about learning, change and new ideas as long as those ideas are about making healthy things for a lot of people.
I started selling at the market on it's first day when I was growing only on my family's land. Now, I sell over 60 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs to restaurants, hotels, bakeries, yoga groups and Delta Dewata Supermarket. I also have a program to grow specifically for what a restaurant needs. A small number of items are seasonal and new items are being added through seed testing and seed saving. I'm actively looking to expand in Bali in 2011.
Organic growing - All vegetables, herbs, fruits, and other plants are grown completely without chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
Fertilizers, sprays, compost & mulching - I practice organic and Permaculture techniques for fertilizing the land. This includes green manure, composting, mulching, and crop rotation. Purchased and/or chemical fertilizers are never used for my farm and my products.
If needed, a spray is made from local leaves, fruits, or organic soaps and oils. Some of the recipes are from the old people in my village. This has been a trial-and-error process.
Plants are inspected frequently and predators removed by hand. Healthy plants usually do not attract predators so composting, mulching, green manures, and composted cow manure from our organically fed cows help keep plants healthy and returns nutrients to the soil. Sometimes an infested plant is not removed so that it weakens and predators go to only that plant. Weeds are either composted or burned off site. Companion planting is used. Due to a shortage of materials for mulch, rice straw from non-chemical rice farmers in my village may be used and is carried by my staff from the road to the farm, about 150 meters. All of this is a very labor intensive, manual process.
Water - Only rainwater or clean, pure spring water is used on the farm. My farm has two sources of underground spring fed water that comes directly out of the land, approximately 10 meters below the farming surface. No other water enters the farm. Chemically laden subak (sawah or rice field) water is not available and is never used.
Seeds & seed saving - As much as possible, I use seeds from my own seed saving practices for about 98% of all of my products. I purchase only organic seeds for the few vegetables that do not produce seeds on my farm. An extensive seed saving program is in place so that seeds become stronger as the seeds acclimate to the farm soil. However, for example, seeds from cherry tomatoes started from non-organic tomatoes in 2006 have been successfully grown into the 7th or 8th generation of organic seeds.
Other information - Smoking and chemical soaps are not allowed on the farm. If plastics are used for staff food or orders, all residues are removed. My staff regularly remove any plastic that may blow into the farm from surrounding village temple land. I want to raise funds for a local NGO to train about recycling in village schools with the hope that this will also influence all village people.