Welcome to 5eyesfarm – Kebun Mata Lima
This is a group of projects focusing on integrated farming methods using (mostly) locally available resources and recycling. Once complete, these integrated systems around aquaponics, an animal farm, an organic growing farm – will serve as a model for education, training, applied learning.
Unlike traditional mono-crop farming, integrated farming seeks to utilise the synergy between plants and animals and waste products to cross benefit each aspect of the farm. Chicken waste is used to mulch grow beds and to feed fish. Fish waste fertilises crops. Rainwater is recirculated and used for a variety of purposes and energy is captured and used in a variety of ways.
In addition to integration, we are working on recycling by using car tyres to build ponds and beds, stone from the farm to build with and a whole range of other exciting recycling themes which both guide the overall principle of lowering waste and building wisely at the same time as adding to the aesthetic of the farm. We have used over 6000 car tyres to build the aquaponics garden.
Making compost and mulch is the basis for creating great soil which in turn determines good productivity. Sound farming practice almost always starts with soil conditioning and both compost and mulch play an essential role.
Another guiding principle is “organic”; no pesticides – no herbicides – all-natural pest control and fertilisers. Organic farming involves more intensive work than contemporary practice and it means the soil is clean, the food is healthy and we know that what we are consuming is good for us.
We are aiming to build 5eyes into a commercially viable business and at the same time create educational opportunities for local farmers, schools, universities and development organisations. The site showcases innovative techniques, renewable energy and the fascinating aquaponics.