First of all a big thank you to everyone who has made the success of Workaway possible, My Name is Umar, I`m 50 yo and I work at Government Palm Oil Plantations Company, We live at capital city (Pontianak) of west Kalimantan. We are a family of 5: Uwie/my wife (running a shop), and 3 kids (Abil-23yo has already graduated University this year, Abdun-20yo still at 5th Semester, Alma-14yo third grade at junior High). This means everybody busy…so they only occasionally visits to the farm field.
We have 3 lands of coconut plantations at a small villages (desa sungai nipah & desa peniti), one with restaurant and near a big main road (while u're sleep the bed might shake :) we call it the base camp and Camp 2 is peat soil 4ha, about 3 km away we planting coconut trees+, camp 3 is clay soil 1,5ha, just in between the two land at the sea sore side that mostly for planting rice and other vegetables & fruits also surely coconut trees. It's a very quiet place, surrounded by nature and some other farmhouses. But it’s not far from The Capital City (Pontianak) and only 45 km away from Supadio International Airport or 21 km from the equator monument, which is reachable with public transport. As I realized I really prefer practical work like a landscape-gardener and during the last view years I intend learning by doing to grow organic food and running the restaurant organically.
The idea is that people come here to contact the great nature around and take time for them self. While I am away from farm, at least please keep planting seed from the kitchen seeds and keep watering our mini kitchen garden, new ideas for our project are always welcome, being creative and enjoy your stay!
In this 2019 we are doing some bigger CHANGES in our farm,
1. Planting 600 more coconut trees at camp 2 (already planted 300) using forest-permaculture method
2. Planting some more vegetables n fruits at any place we can do also taking care all of the plantations
3. Running VCO Tour (Training Center for producing Virgin Coconut Oil in traditional way)
4. Building more facilities to increase infrastructure
5. Running Restaurant (Hopefully organically)
6. Running farm stay (hostel/Airbnb)
So there will be lots of field works, great combination feeling with passion n love the mother nature would be harmonise all the our task to full fill the never ending learning lesson of happy life.
On a long-term, through our eco Sustainable living that will inspire us to live a more earth friendly lifestyle, we would like to taking care the granma or grandpa or older people or others (especially who have already been around to the fancy hospitals for health care services, but still no result even worse) on our farm stay, by feeding them with our own natural tropical foods also some little physics exercise (meditation & yoga), into a separate holidays with unique restoration of the environment also offering practicing together to produce Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) in traditional way for fun (as we all know the benefit of VCO for life).
INFOS FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS:
We have some wild cats
Smoke-free home (for smokers: none minds outdoor smoking)
We going to start beekeeping
You would help on the farm about 25 hours a week, We are looking forward to get to know many interesting People.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
You will have the opportunity to experience producing virgin coconut oil and all the local culture as we are located in a very culture village, In our village you'll easily get in touch with the local culture, We have traveled a lot before settling, reason why? we like a lot to meet new people and have nice exchanges. We have many travellers who came since last year - they know the area very well, we all learn and we all work, we all practice together, you could be in a nice team of travellers!
Base Camp is near the main road that exposes to the real everyday life in West Kalimantan as they interact with the others. We hope that this is an incredible eye-open enrichment opportunity for cultural exchange.
Planting coconut trees at camp 2 or gardening/ landscaping: moving some small bushes and trees, watering, picking, weeding, seeding, planting, composting or house cleaning, building work in the field, or a nice mix of them, you are free to do what you really care about. we let you manage your time as your preferred!
We learn we all work, just lets do it together with us (learning by doing to never end possibilities).
If you like a "back to the nature" experience, you'll love our place, You have your own room(our beds facilities maximum occupied for 6 people), 2 shared showers and cooking together in the kitchen (the restaurant), cooking our own food is the best healthier food, we provide vegetarian with eggs (natural foods)
Sungai Nipah & Peniti are a small villages at the sea shore with a lot a energy, there's always something to do or to see here and around, enjoying the full moon n the five billions stars, walk around, jump to the public bus n goes some where further, fishing...etc, Lets enjoy the life, finding great eco-projects allowing people to connect around the world and developing tools to facilitate that. etc.
We also provide bicycle so you can cycle on your spare time around the village
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 25 hours , 5 days a week