Agroforestry Abundance

Grow an agroforest from seed and contribute to regenerative action.

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ABOUT SIBANG GEDE

This course takes place in Sibang Gede, just a few minutes away from Subak Uma Lambing and our community garden and kubu.

It is an area that was for a long time cultivated using chemical fertilizers. Along with the local land owner, we are now transforming it into a natural, abundant food forest that will provide sustenance and revenue for years to come.

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course will work on the shared goals of regenerative agriculture that brings about healthy land and food while nurturing traditional knowledge and self-reliant communities together with a local farmer in the dry subak in the neighboring village of Sibangede.

During the course you will learn about: Simple principles and management for an adapted regenerative agroforestry goals : farmers, superficie, tools, seasons, food production The importance of livelyhoods soil : ecosystem of the humus soil, minerals’ life and balance, water and wet soil, ph, …

Forest strata.

We will explore how plants behave in their environment, considering the quantity and quality of light that the plants need to be healthy and the particular forest niche they thrive in. Natural succession. To cultivate a forest it is important to see how plants behave across time : flowers, fruits, seeds, biomass.

How long it takes them to reach their full life cycle and how long it takes until they reach maturity for pruning, harvesting, offer a window propagation .

The importance of Mulching. It is essential that soil stays covered with organic matter to be fertile. We will teach people the best mulching practices for maximum soil health. Intercropping. We will demonstrate how to combine plants in an Agroforest, including examples on how to properly combine different species in one system.

Plant Propagation. Knowledge of best practices for the propagation of different plant species to create long term health and productivity of individual plants.

Agroforestry Design. There will be a practical design exercise evaluating the producer’s goal regarding the quantity and type of products being produced and considering all variables of a property: climate, soil quality, ground leveling, positioning considering the sun, etc. Agroforestry Management : There will a practical experience of how to think, plan the future with collective improvements We will also initiate the implantation of a new area that will become a food forest at the local banjar.

 

The learning offered in this course can provide great benefit for Indonesia and its people. Therefore, we invite promising future Indonesian agroforesters to apply for full scholarships for this course.

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • 16 sessions

  • Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and a wide-brimmed hat. Rice farmer conical hats can be purchased for 40,000Rp/hat on site.

Course fees are allocated to the costs of growing the rice - the seeds, organic fertilizer, a cow to plough the land, and so on - and to supporting the farmers with the goal of helping them to transition from conventional to organic farming, to produce more good food for their communities, and to provide a consistent local supply of naturally grown rice to both international and local markets. Course fees also enable us to pay good wages for our young AW facilitators.