The workcamp was held in two contrasting and interesting model Organic Farms located in Ringlet, Cameron Highlands, 6000 feet above sea level and Jelapang, Ipoh, 300 ft asl, about 85 km apart. The Volunteers got to experience in Part 1, farmer Mr. Fung 20 yrs of highland living and Commercial Farming without a single drop of chemical over this period and Part 2 at Pak Afandi's lowland farm how he nurtured a model "Farmacy" (where over 70 herbs are grown for traditional medicinal purpose)
An opportunity to lead a simple farmer's life in a place filled with lush greenery and fresh crisp air. A good time for reflection, making new friends and learning how to coexist in Peace and Harmony with Nature and People, with the guidance of knowledgeable hosts.
The volunteers worked and helped in the farm - making planter boxes out of wood pallets, beautifying the farm and green management, and a variety of farm's work. Every day was a challenge
Volunteers had one day off from work. At Cameron Highland, fondly known for its breathtaking scenery, natural waterfalls and misty rolling mountains which are conducive to the cultivation of tea, vegetables, flowers, fruits and strawberries, Cameron Highlands is also known as the "Giant Green Carpet" of Malaysia.
This summer the workcamp was held in a Goat Farm (Kuasa Kitar) in Jelapang Ipoh which is run by Pak Cik Affandi (Mat Saman Kati), who has been in the goat farming business for past 15 years. The period of this workcamp was from 5th August 2016 to 15th August 2016. Together with us in this workcamp are 3 Vietnamese volunteers (Khanh, Linh, Tung), 3 Bangladeshi volunteers (Mahadi, Hassan, Unique), 1 Dutch volunteer (Nienke) and 11 local volunteers including SCI Malaysia members
Pak Afandi and his wife Kak Sal, own a small herbal garden also known as ‘Farm-acy’. They home grown vegetables in the gardens. Some of our daily cooking ingredients comes from Farm-acy such as lemon grass, water spinach, lady fingers and so on. Kak Sal also taught us how to make natural remedies for small cuts / wounds. Besides the daily routine, throughout the workcamp we had other activities such as jungle trekking, soccer, language learning, mini games, wild boar spotting, fruit tasting and many more...Full Report Here