A shared vision, 2 pairs of bare hands with less than RM5000 in the pocket. BAM! It all started with just that. Fred and Xin are on their way to creating a small scale sustainable ecological farm.
The search of a land brought the 2 friends to the family land of Xin’s granduncle – known as Jiu Kong. It is located in a farming village called Kampung Serukam, in North Malaysia.
Together with the package came the Chinese community, mostly families. Jiu Kong’s over the top hospitality was heart warming. To top it up, the community swamped in with all sorts of help. Skills, tools, materials, donations, labour and even a motorbike for us to use.
The journey of infinite possibilities has begun here!
The tandem became a team with missions! Starting humble, clean up headed the list. Within a few days, the toolshop and workshop looked well organised and clean.
CHICKEN BARN CONSTRUCTION
No time for weakness! The team then started a construction project of building a 20’x8′ chicken barn. With Uncle Carpenter’s guidance and Uncle Builder’s wood, the workmanship of using the nails, hammer, saw, chisel, crowbar, measure tape, angle ruler and water level were mastered. The magic of hand tools! The barn was done with less than RM200 within 2 weeks. Time for baby booming! 90 chicks are housed here. This was how animal husbandry got integrated into the farm life.
CHICKEN BARN RESTORATION
As a respect to the existing flock, the next project was to restore the old chicken barn. Foundations were strengthen, added with new mesh and floorings, furnished with new perch and more nesting boxes. Happy chicken happy eggs!
ANOTHER CHICKEN BARN!
Fred at work!
Xin at work!
Under the roof…
Neighbour of the Chick’s nursery : The storage room
Step up, Step down!
After the completion of the Nursery/Storage room we decided to begin with our next project :
The Chick’s Hospital : for sick chicken who need care and rest and for new born who need a safe place with they’re mother
We started with chicken keeping as they produce meat, eggs, feathers and manure. The Chicks have all the farm as their playground, in the evening they go back into the barn, to protect from rain but mostly to have a safe sleep from predators such as snakes. Our chickens eat a huge variety of food. A herb, daun selom (collected from neighbour’s farm) is to prevent sickness, grains (rice, beans..), left over food (fruits, veg, noodles..) and everything they can find on the ground (worms, ants, herbs..). A supplement of chicken feed is also provided at 17% crude protein. Most importantly, the flock drink water pumped straight from the well. They love to clean themselves in the sand or ash around during the day. Shade is crucial in the tropics.
COMPOST BAYS CONSTRUCTION
The chick’s are not the only ones who got our attention, to be able to have good soil for the garden we’ve created compost bays made out of used wooden doors and bricks, a 100% recycled materials construction. We compost kitchen waste, weeds, dried leaves and chicken manure. Everything available daily!
The time of the year where nature
explode of happiness and where rainbows are smiling over the sky!
CITRUS ORCHARD REGENERATION
Catching the rain season, the gardeners got into the planting mode. Moon planting and companion planting were implemented in the citrus orchard. Lime and lemon trees were planted together with tapioca leaves as ground cover. Making it a harmony communitiy. Alongside, there’s also lemongrass to keep the pest away. Smoking the weeds is found to be effective in eliminating the pests too.
POWER PATCH CREATION
Our vegetable patch was setup! The 3 sisters – beans, corns and pumpkins are planted together. The soil was a mix of compost, chicken manure and ash. We hope to be self sustainable and eat healthy food that gives us high energy!
After few weeks of sunny days, peaceful nights, rain and lightnings, nature is giving life
The plants are growing together in harmony, huge beans are coming out, and weird creatures are showing up between the dense power patch vegetation..
ORGANIC MARKET VOLUNTEERING
Marketing at the local organic market in Penang. A chance to meet the like minded people and meet passionate farmers. We volunteered at the CETDEM stall selling publications, organic goods, seeds and compost.
Dragon fruit flowering