Many people tell me that its a pipe dream to run a sustainable and chemical-free durian farm. This will be my big challenge for the year 2019 - managing a 200 acre durian farm in a sustainable and natural manner
I am currently looking for skilled and long-term (up to 3 months) volunteers who can help me materialize my dreams whilst gaining hands-on experience in sustainable natural farming practices.
We currently have 100+ durian trees that are over a year old and have started fruiting. We are also integrating with many other fruit trees such as rambutan, durians, mangosteen, jackfruit, pomelo, passionfruit, calamansi, herbs and vegetatation. We are surrounded by 1000 acres of palm trees and our neighbors have goats, cows, water buffaloes that are free-ranging and in the vicinity there are many wild birds and cranes. The animals in our farm are watch dogs, geese, ducks, chickens, rabbits, fish and stingless bees. We want to develop natural feed for these animals and build proper enclosures that allow them to be both free ranging and safe from predators.
We have some a 10 room container rooms with attached bathrooms that we would like to develop into a potential a farm-stay and a farm-to-table area. If you are artistic and are keen to paint a mural or refurbish the container houses artistically, you are welcomed. We are situated just behind Perak Matrikulasi Kolej ( Perak Matriculation College) and we have very good mobile speed and phone coverage for Digi - please obtain this simcard before coming into the farm.
We have a vision to be a fully self-sustainable farm and an education hub on natural farming methods using EM1. Currently, we have an affiliation with a local University (University Putra Malaysia) and hosted international internship programs from France and Finland on agriculture, environmental,engineering and natural construction.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
This is the place for volunteers who would like to contribute and hone their skills, learn & experiment various aspects of natural & sustainable farming, a/vaquaponics, animal husbandry, setting up a farm-to-table, making natural fertilizer/natural pest control using microbes (EM1), food preservation, natural construction and more. You will learn how to harness the natural resources around you to live in a sustainable manner.
This is a working FARM with workers doing menial/laborious work and we need help within the same areas while we impart natural farming skills and knowledge to those who are willing to learn. Based on UNDP's 17 SDG, we are championing #1, #2 #3 #4 #12. We seek young and vibrant volunteers who love working in the outdoors, manual labour as a form of exercise, waking up early and healthy living. You must be an enthusiastic learner, self-starter, strong and able-bodied and like manual work and nature (which includes being out in the sun and rain). There is no hand-feeding and you will be given projects to complete and you will learn through the act of working.
If you think you fit the bill, you can drop us a message. Please present us with your values, skill-set and interest, we will decide whether we will host you WITHOUT CHARGE , including boarding and food. The desired long-term volunteering period would be 3 months.
Examples of daily tasks at the farm:
1) Bulding and planting edible landscape including trellises & raised beds
2) Harvesting , Pruning, shredding and compost-making
3) Aquaponics system design and implementation
4) Composting such as Bokashi, Vermicomposting and Black Soldier Fly
5) Natural feed for animals/fish
6) Homestay housekeeping and general farm upkeep/cleanliness and cooking
7) Experience making downstream products with ingredients found in the farm - fermentation, canning, preservation, dehydration
8) Construction of animal enclosure and refurbishment
Chinese (Mandarin): Fluent
Chinese (Cantonese): Fluent
- a bungalow living quarters that can fit 6 persons on twin-sharing basis with attached bathrooms
- ceiling fans, running water
- this is a vegetarian farm but volunteers can buy and prepare meat for their own consumption
- volunteers cook their meals and clean up on rotation
- volunteers are responsible for the upkeep of the living quarters and toilets
- Volunteers are advised to bring their own toiletries, long sleeved shirts and pants and good pair of shoes. (You can get "Kampung adidas" for less than RM10 at any sundry shop and they can last very long but you need socks to go along)
We are an organic farm and insects are aplenty - PLEASE BE PREPARED.
Gopeng is a small town in the district of Kampar in the state of Perak. It is approximately 20km from the capital of the state Ipoh. Gopeng is home to many limestone caves such as the famous Gua Tempurung and volunteers can benefit from being close to nature and exposed to picturesque view of Titiwangsa limestone mountains and waterfalls. Gopeng is a very old township rich with tin mining in the past but it is now buzzing with nature seekers here for white-water rafting, caving and sightseeing.
You can get to Gopeng Bus Station direct from KLIA/KLIA2 with a "Star Shuttle" bus at RM42 or from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) with "Sri Maju" bus at RM20. From Gopeng Bus Station, you can take a public bus that goes to Kota Bahru and stop directly opposite in front of SBPI School / Perak Matrikulasi Kolej (Perak Matriculation College). Our farm is situated behind the college. If you are hitchhiking, you can also waze to Perak Matrikulasi Kolej. Alternatively, you can take KTM Train ETS from Sentral to either Batu Gajah or Kampar. From there, a public bus to Perak Matrikulasi Kolej.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
max 6 hours, 5 days a week
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