Our back story: why, what, when, where, who.
“5 eyes” (translated Mata Lima) is the name for an ancient planting pattern used in Indonesia. The name has agricultural meaning and we have adopted it for our project.
Our Mission: To produce high-quality organic food using aquaponics and other integrated systems to enhance local farming practices, offer practical education and empower communities.
Our Vision: To develop 5EyesFarm as a showcase for training & education, enterprise, empowerment and development through partnerships and the use of innovative growing techniques.
Our Values: Shared learning – Empowerment through inclusion – Integrated systems – pioneering spirit.
The 5EyesFarm has started from a blank canvas in November 2016. On the foot-hills of Gunung Salak (a dormant volcano) in West Java, we have a few acres of beautiful soil with a river running across the top and some established tropical fruits like banana and coconut. About half of it used to be rice paddy’s and more recently they have grown sweet potatoes there. We have been using some of our Melbourne garden experiments and implement them in similar ways on 5EyesFarm.
Our main purpose is to create integrated farming systems to showcase for and offer opportunity to schools, universities and development organisations as well as the local community. We would love to help create small systems in local communities everywhere to help with food security and teach people how to grow super healthy food 100% organic and very fast. We are developing aquaponics as one integrated system because it is a future technology for overcoming water use issues (using less than 10% of water used in traditional growing); off-setting ocean fishing by providing organically grown produce and freshwater fish for eating; build sustainably using recycling and local materials.
More than farming…
There is more to 5EyesFarm than farming! We love empowering people, working together to create something unique that can be used in practice as a show-case, an education forum, a training ground for all of us in developing organic, self-sustaining wonderful foods.
Our Focus: Aquaponics and other integrated organic production systems. Integrating women into the workforce and giving women responsibilities, opportunities and equal status is an important social integration and an important focus of our vision.
5 Eyes Farm is an ambitious project for us. We have found land in West Java in a small village 16KM South West of Bogor. It is good for farming at about 375 meters above sea level, very stable temperatures, volcanic soil and relatively consistent water. The systems we are creating require a lot of initial infrastructure but once they are in place they need much less ongoing maintenance than traditional farming.
Our projects also focus on integration as a guiding approach. We live and work in community on the farm. Integration is about how systems, people and communities work together for one ultimate purpose with each part helping each other part.
#Integrated farming is a holistic model that seeks to incorporate the main elements of organic farming with all the related environmental, social and economic considerations in place. This is widely used throughout Europe.