Taking a project based – applied learning approach we exist to be an educational model in integrated farming systems and sustainability for organisations to utilise as a teaching platform. This might start with:
Introduction to Aquaponics: Nitrogen cycle, water, flows-pumps-filters, fish, plants
We can also:
Build aquaponic systems for schools and other organisations for both indoor and outdoor situations. They need approximately 3.5X2 meter space. This is a brilliant teaching tool to utilise at all grade levels for different learning stages.
We are a good destination for field trips within 35KM of the farm. For Jakarta, North Jakarta, Bundung there are potential stay-over options nearby. This would only suit secondary and tertiary students. Primary students are welcome to do a tour at a significant discount of $6 pp includes refreshments. Tours are approximately 2 hours and it is wise to bring a hat, long sleeves, a water bottle and an umbrella or raincoat if it is raining. We would like to provide gumboots but we have not gotten that far yet!
We are teaching local village children basic English once a week and the group keeps growing. These children are so hungry to learn and have decent input. It is exciting to see them coming. We need resources for these children and we want to do more in the future.
Farmer training is a community development commitment for 5Eyes farm and includes women. Our lead Organic gardener is a graduate of an agricultural University in Medan and she specialises in organic pest management and organic farming. She is a hard worker and has helped to push us along.
Development organisations and universities have talked to us about bringing graduate groups for seminars. We have some capacity in our team to create good seminars, well catered and fascinating place. Accommodation needs addressing at this stage but there are options. We welcome all!
The founders of 5Eyes Farm – Danti Tarigan – Office Manager at Victorian Heritage (Melbourne Australia); Operations Manager at 5Eyes Farm. Danti teaches the local children English and is the powerhouse behind the making of 5EyesFarm.
Pak Jon- Builder (Melbourne Australia) & Educator – Aquaponics, Organic Raised Beds, Composting, worm farming, Design and installations of creative projects. Previous teaching experience most recently at Green School Bali, Springfield School in Ciburbur, various colleges and Universities teaching/tutoring/lecturing over the past 27 years.
Danti and Jon are passionate about empowering others, creating inspiring teams, village- up change (not Government- down change), sharing and teaching. Between them, they hold several degrees but more importantly they integrate into the culture and work with everyone to create opportunities for learning, working together to create sustainable approaches. They relate to everyone they meet even though at first, they felt a bit like aliens and strangers. A white guy from Australia and a Karo Karo woman from the North Sumatran Highlands. This is a Sundanese culture! It is so important for them to work with and harmonise and help improve lifestyle. Growing organics is a starting point.