IDEP Foundation Healing and Training Garden
IDEP Foundation is a locally run, not-for profit organisation that promotes permaculture, sustainable agriculture and disaster preparedness across Indonesia. We have spent the last two years designing and building a demonstration, training and seed-saving garden with the help of the local community in Batuan, Bali. Every Friday, we hold a free ‘Garden Day’ so that locals and visitors alike can come and learn about growing their own organic food in a way that is ecologically sustainable and in tune with the local culture. Anyone can come and help dig, plant, harvest and seed-save.
Some of our regular garden visitors are the kids from Sari Hati Foundation School – a school for kids with special needs. Each month, the 30 or so disabled kids come to play in the garden and touch and smell the plants. The problem is that our garden used to be a rice field terrace so it is made up of several levels, making it hard for kids that are less mobile to explore the garden.
We want to make our garden more accessible and safer those with limited mobility, including kids and the elderly. To do so, we want to build a footpath and stairs with rails in our garden.
We also want to fix our neglected fishpond. Our pond serves as a food source (the local kids catch the catfish and eat it), and as an insect-trap (we use a light over the pond to attract pests at night which are then eaten by the frogs so that the pests don’t chow down on our garden).
The paths and stairs will greatly improve the ability for all groups of people to experience the wonders of the IDEP Foundation Garden – from the medicinal garden and the tropical fruit orchard to the new fishpond.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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