Eco - Farms
Interested in local agriculturre & organic farming? These tours bring you to two local Eco-Farm which are trying to change they way people farm for a better future
Eco-Farming is a way of cultivating agriculture that places an emphasis on both the health of the environment and the health of its consumers. Long before conventional and modern agriculture practices had been put into place, people had farmed in an eco-friendly way. However, the ease and convenience of the modern-day agriculture, such palm oil or monoculture agriculture which produces crops at a higher yield but can cause severe damage to the land, causing soil erosion and changes to the biodiversity.
Bukit Lawang in surrounded by monculture agriculture, from small scale land use of sweetcorn, cacao or rubber trees to the now dominated landscape of oil palm, which can all be seen and visited during the village tours. However, the practice of organic farming or farming in an ecological way has been lost here, but there are two Eco-Farms located not far from Bukit Lawang that are worth a visit. One which is owned and ran by an inspirational local lady, Erna, caleed Erna's Eco-Farm and a larger Eco-farm with a educational centre ran by a local organisation called PPHL Bahorok. PPHL is a non-profit organisation providing environmental education and nature conservation. You can read more about PPHL Bahorok here. Both Erna and PPHL want to develop public awareness, both local and international, to the enviornmental issues of current farming and how sustainable organic farming can lead for the future.
Sumatra EcoVentures are happy to support these Eco-Farms. By offering tours, visitors and guests can get up close to local organic farming practices and at Erna's Eco-Farm you can offer your help and get stuck in or even volunteer for a day or few days. Read more here if your interested in volunteering. Visitors and guests will get to see what these farms are producing, how they are helping the local commnunity and how they are trying to make changes in a positive way for a better future.
These Eco-farms can be visited separately if your short on time. A visit to the PPHL Eco-farm can be combined with the Eco-walking tour which is given by Mira so she can take you to the farm after the walking tour. As mentioned above Erna runs her farm alone and is always looking for help. If you think this is something that interests you, click here to find out more. Erna also offers cooking classes which includes a visit to her farm, take a look here.