From Trash To Lush
Stacks of plastic waste. The stench was felt over an area of 1.2 ha at one corner of Kura Kura Bali Island, Denpasar, decades ago.
People said, “It is impossible to make Kura Kura Bali Island green.”
Through PET (Pengembangan Ekologi Terpadu / Integrated Ecological Development) — a program under Kura Kura Bali Turtle Island Development — however, the stigma began to wane as barren land converts into farmland. Residents are taught farming based on the concept of urban farming. We intend to foster a solid partnership with the native community of Kura Kura Bali Island and get ready to welcome a future of eco-tourism on the island.
Integrated Ecological Development – Work Training Classes
The people of Serangan see themselves as proud traditional fishermen and outbound sea harvesters. Agriculture may be a forgotten past that belonged to the fertile Serangan of long ago. But it turns out to be something the Serangan people are yearning for. The arid island simply hasn’t been kind enough to give them the option. Things changed when PET was born. A tract of barren land owned by Kura Kura Bali Turtle Island Development, which has for years been used as a local dump site, was given a second life with a different purpose.
The land was cleared in mid-2013 and groomed with fresh top soil and organic fertilisers. The future of the land was shared with the Serangan people to shape. Agro-facilitators were invited by Kura Kura Bali Turtle Island Development to assist interested residents of Serangan Village to participate in transforming the once arid land into a lushness the island never had. Learning by listening and doing, women and men from the village now see themselves as good gardeners too. Keeping to a selection of useful types of vegetables and fruits, the new breed of Serangan growers soon found market demands as word of the fresh harvests spread.
The West-wing Garden covers 3,000 sqm and the East-wing 1,530 sqm. Harvests include Chilipeppers, Cucumber, Eggplants in different varieties, Perias, Cassava, Collards, Dragon Fruit, Sunflower, String-bean, Papaya, Squash, Tomatoes, Melons, Corn, Okra, Luffa, Rucola and others. The crops are cultivated in polyculture environment, with rotations according to seasonality. Harvests are either taken to Serangan Market or sold on location to regulars who prefer to buy directly. Aside from vegetables and fruits, there is the Kebun Upacara or the Ceremony Garden, a special patch reserved to types of flowers and greens traditionally used in Bali-Hindu religious ceremony ornaments or offerings.