Last Sunday we celebrated The Kul Kul Farm’s 1st Birthday, Orin’s 28th, and International Permaculture Day…. Yes, it was a big day! Its hard to believe only a year has gone by since we opened our farm doors. Its been beautiful, at times overwhelming and challenging, but incredibly rewarding.
In the past year we:
Began managing the Green School Gardens and The Farm Stand
Hosted 40 Free Workshops and Open Days
Organised 2 permaculture design courses, 2 workshops in bamboo building, 2 in herbal medicine making, 2 in composting, 2 edible gardening and 1 rocket stove building.
Welcomed over 500 guests
Implemented 5 permaculture projects on and off Bali
Made over 200 compost piles, and
Treated 500 dying coconut trees
Phew!! Thats a lot, but we could not have done any of it without the support of our incredible staff, community, friends and family. To celebrate this year we showered guests with the tastiest farm nibbles, good music and some spontaneous farm games.
A collaboration between Jacob Burrell (from Big Sur Bakery) and Room4Desert, saw our black heritage pigs, moringa, peanuts and papaya be transformed into the most delicious moringa stew, pulled pork and a rum, papaya punch. The Green School kitchen made their signature sate. Our very own Putu, created an incredible line-up of snacks including masala popcorn and cassava fries in banana leaf cones, a raw papaya salad, a raw coconut and cucumber salad, a beetroot dip, rice cakes, jackfruit rendang and much more. We filled many bellies.. most off-the- farm and the Green School Gardens… Oh and we can’t forget to mention that our local “Jagung Bakar” (grilled corn) seller joined the party to serve everyone sweet n spicy corn. YUM!
Happy Kombucha made 5 varieties of kombucha which we sipped out of fancy wine glasses, getting drunk on happiness and love for scoby. Bambu Indah took care of our bar, made 3 beautifully looking and tasting gluten free cakes and lent us some cushions and pretty lights. Soma Helmi made the 4th gluten free cake with a yummy rosella jam filling (made by us, from Green School rosella petals the night before) and our coconut flakes.
Mila Schwaiko (Co- Organizer TedXUbud), her mum Lyn Shwaiko and Elora Hardy; Ubud’s decor queens, made flower displays (all harvested off the farm), added some finishing touches and drew pretty signs.
A big thank you also to Adrian Tan for the beautiful snaps and the Green School band for the awesome music. More gratitude for very special birthday gifts from Threads of Life (for the beautiful ikat), Indosole (for the consciously made sandals), Pauline (Green School mama) for the water kefir grains, Mila for the Natural Dyer Book, Brett (Green School’s Green Studies Teacher) for the Seniman Coffee, Ben and Blaire Ripple (from Island Organics and Big Tree Farms) for the delicious organically grown, homemade pesto, John Hardy for the Japanese tools, Nathan (from Good Earth Farm Bali) for the ducks, and all the rest for your precense and your support, it really means the world to us!
Here’s to another year of joy, learning, and many wholesome veggies!! Check out the full album here.