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Urban Farming with Indonesia Berkebun

Sick and tired of all the stresses and strains of the big city? tried everything to wind down at home after a long day?

It might sound mad, but why not try a bit of farming? Urban farming to be precise, and yes it’s totally possible in the city, thanks to the Indonesia Berkebun project. Its purpose is to create green spaces in the middle of the busy city, a scheme pioneered by Ridwan Kamil, the winner of International Design Competition focusing on Ecology, Education, and Economy.

The project takes advantage of empty land by growing vegetables etc. It should be pointed out that people involved in this are not professional growers, but through trial and error, they discover the best way to optimize the growth of the crops. It started as a non-business oriented movement with the crops being shared amongst participants and the surrounding communities.

Another benefit is that it’s good for you too! Sunlight can actually improve your mood, and the fresh air that goes with it is good for your health. Being in touch with nature and the great outdoors can help you feel more removed from the stresses of daily life.

Local restaurants are now getting in on the action with the steak restaurant Holycow! using Indonesia Berkebun’s vegetable products, with the hope that other restaurants and businesses will do the same.

The Indonesia Berkebun movement has now spread to more than fourteen cities in over Indonesia, with membership reaching around 4000.

Anyone of any age is welcome to join in and participate in this beneficial movement. For more information, go to the community’s website www.indonesiaberkebun.org, or you can simply follow them on Twitter: @idberkebun

(Dini Siregar)


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