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The Arrival of a Little Family from Belgium at Our Assisted Gardens

We are having been involved in international volunteerism for years, which makes us miss this atmosphere. An atmosphere where we work together with volunteers from all over the world. Through the Eco-smart Xchange program from the Bhumi Horta Foundation, we will start the incoming program which was delayed due to the pandemic 3 years ago.

The Incoming program is a program to host volunteers in our assisted gardens. This program allows volunteers to come to Indonesia and contribute directly to our garden partners. We are going to post further programs in cooperation between Bhumi Horta Foundation and Indonesia Volunteer for Peace (a branch of SCI International).

This month we organized a very short family workcamp with a family from Belgium. They are husband and wife, Lili & Tom, and their two daughters Annae & Ellea. Lili participated in a volunteer program in Indonesia in 2005. This is a big moment for her as well to have a nostalgic moment to see this country 17 year ago. 

This time they had the opportunity to visit some Teman Berkebun farm partners. The participating gardens this time are Kebun Qyta, Kebun Rembes, & Helen’s Nursery. They had the opportunity to actively participate in the garden, starting from planting, doing nursery activities, and discussing agricultural conditions in the two countries, Belgium & Indonesia.

On the sidelines of gardening activities at our partner’s garden, Tom and his family also had the opportunity to visit several historical locations in Semarang City. A scheme like this, we call the Family Camp. With this scheme, volunteers can participate in a volunteer project with their family members. The length of the program ranges from 3 days to 3 weeks.

What Independence Means For Us

For almost three years we have not seen our relatives and friends due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has hit the world, including our country.  Exactly today, this country is 77 years old.  We are very grateful, finally, we were able to meet face to face again to witness the red and white flag that was flying in the middle of the field bravely.  The flag that witnessed the birth of this nation, after going through the bitterness of the colonial period.

As an independent nation, we are still learning to stand proudly on our own feet.  Firm and steady step forward together to overcome existing obstacles, in order to realize the country that we dream of together.  Always prepare carefully for a brighter future for the next generations.

Our dreams may soar but don’t forget the earth is where we stand.  Our footsteps have changed the face of this republic.  The country of “Gemah Ripah Loh Jinawi” is currently facing environmental problems that are increasingly threatening the survival of this nation for future generations. Have we only done damage all this time? Have we taken any action to fix them on earth, even the small things?

Teman Berkebun as part of the Bhumi Horta Foundation, born in 2017 to coincide with Earth Day on April 22, dreams of making agriculture a solution that can harmonize the realization of food security with the noble mission of saving the environment.  Fully involve the local community along with the younger generations to accelerate the expected changes.

Our work in this country has not yet been completed, indeed.  That is the reason why we are standing still today.  The support of our partner farmers and the community of Teman Berkebun who are loyal to our products and services have become a motivation that will never fail to keep us dreaming.  Please pray for us so that we continue to be consistent in carrying out this noble task.

 Indonesian independence!

 Get up!  Let’s Grow Stronger Again and Again!

 Amen ya Rabb

Volunteering Experiences with TVD Korea

He hosted our volunteer, Mr. Edi, this summer. He got the chance to go abroad to learn and explore new things. He joined one of TVD Korea workcamp last month. The theme of the work was farming issues. Our program called Eco-Smart Xchange would give you many chances to explore this world through volunteering.

Working as a farmer in Indonesia is facing many negative perceptions. One of the thoughts is “narrow-minded”. Many people think that being a farmer will reduce your possibility to get empowered. In fact, We offer you, since you work as an urban farmer with Teman Berkebun, you can still able to travel and learn new things. And when you return, we expect you to share your experiences and find the best way to improve your work as a farmer or farm assistant.

We are a growing organization that is open to any kind of change or future progressive cooperation. That’s why we never burden ourselves with our own space. We encourage more and more young people to be part of our movement and to have more impact on society.

Voluntalk #01: More Deeds, Not Words

On Saturday last week (25/05) in ¾ Co-Working Place in Tembalang, Semarang we organized our very first Voluntalk. In cooperation with the Indonesian Volunteer for Peace (IVP Indonesia/Yayasan Kanal Perdamaian), Voluntalk this time explained to our future local or overseas volunteers about the International Voluntary Service movement’s impact on society and SCI as the oldest volunteering-themed organization in the world based on changing perspective research in 2016.

Our facilitators are Sany Mardlotillah (founder of temanberkebun.com) and Edi Gunawan (Outgoing Volunteer in Korea). They shared their volunteering experience around the world. Most of the participants are university students who came from several universities around Semarang.

This activity aimed to encourage especially young people to participate in international workcamp or join middle or long-term volunteering programs inbound or outbound. This forum also would provide young people know that there is another method of traveling called volunteering which is considered a more impactful deed to create world peace.

This activity will be held monthly based on the Bhumi Horta Foundation program calendar. The next Voluntalk activity could be held in your nearest co-working place, campus, or community base camp. For more information for progressive collaboration as a future exchange group, event host, or another else please send us an e-mail to: ad.bhumihorta@gmail.com.

Our Volunteer Group Goes to Vietnam

In cooperation with the Indonesian Volunteer for Peace (IVP/Yayasan Kanal Perdamaian) we are promoting an outgoing volunteering program called “Eco-Smart Xchange” with some local universities in Semarang. We aligned with existing field trip program such as PKL (Praktek Kerja Lapangan). We find around 7 – 15 university students to be in a group and send them abroad to have volunteering activities on several themes.

They consist of 7 university students from the Farming Faculty of Wahid Hasyim University, Semarang. They are going to join a two-week volunteering program or well known as a work camp. They are hosted by STEP Forward Vietnam (Local Contact of SCI International).

They are going to do 2 weeks program in Vietnam focusing on farming issues. They will stay in a local family house with daily farm work. They will have a chance to visit a local school and university to have an exchange experience. They are obligated to make a report about what they see about the farming industry in Vietnam.

If you are an institution or university and willing to cooperate with us please feel free to contact us or E-mail ad.bhumihorta@gmail.com  or check further information on this link: temanberkebun.com/bhumihorta

Three Days Training for future Farm Leaders

Bhumi Horta Foundation organized 3 days training at Kebun Pojok Space Semarang. This training aimed to create young people who are willing to be our farm assistants in the near future along with the food security office and farming office of Semarang City. There are 12 students from the farming faculty of Wahid Hasyim University who joined this 3 days session.

This training was conducted by Master of trainer Yoyon who ever participated in the Erasmus Program 2014 in Lithuania and Ifa our Finance Manager at Teman Berkebun (farming themed digital start-up). Our co-trainers were Masdar (Youth Learning Center Program Co.) & Fijay (UFarm Learning Center Program Co.). They cooperated together to succeed in this activity.

On the first day of the training, the participants were asked to share their motivation, expectation, fear, and contribution in facing this training. Afterward, they had a chance to visit three urban farms in Semarang: Kelompok Tani Kelina Pandean, Lamper Tengah, KWT Purwosari, & KWT Mekarsari. They are obligated to create a one-day activity with locals on the next day. The participants got coaching from mentors or trainers to plan their activity based on existing problems that they found during the survey.

During the last day of our leadership training, the participants gained their capacity building and have an open space for sharing their idea and feedback about the training. The trainers’ members will find the top 5 trainers to be prioritized to be farm leaders that will be placed in several places in Semarang City.

Three Days Training for future Farm Leaders

Bhumi Horta Foundation organized 3 days training at Kebun Pojok Space Semarang. This training aimed to create young people who are willing to be farm leaders in the near future along with the food security office and farming office of Semarang City. There are 12 students from the farming faculty of Wahid Hasyim University who joined this 3 days session.

This training was conducted by Master of trainer Yoyon who ever participated in the Erasmus Program 2014 in Lithuania and Ifa our Finance Manager at Teman Berkebun (farming themed digital start-up). Our co-trainers were Masdar (Youth Learning Center Program Co.) & Fijay (UFarm Learning Center Program Co.). They cooperated together to succeed in this activity.

On the first day of the training, the participants were asked to share their motivation, expectation, fear, and contribution in facing this training. Afterward, they had a chance to visit three urban farms in Semarang: Kelompok Tani Kelina Pandean, Lamper Tengah, KWT Purwosari, & KWT Mekarsari. They are obligated to create a one-day activity with locals on the next day. The participants got coaching from mentors or trainers to plan their activity based on existing problems that they found during the survey.

During the last day of our leadership training, the participants gained their capacity building and have an open space for sharing their idea and feedback about the training. The trainers’ members will find the top 5 trainers to be prioritized to be farm leaders that will be placed in several places in Semarang City.

Farming Themed Workcamp in Malaysia

On February 1-17 2017, the Faculty of Agriculture Unwahas in collaboration with the BhumiHorta Foundation (Sending Organization) will hold a Field Work Practice (PKL) activity with the concept of a work camp for the first time abroad. This project is a collaboration between the Indonesian Bhumi Horta Foundation and the Malaysian Service Civil International (SCI). PKL activities will later be held in a 100-hectare garden in Dusun Matahari, Permanent Food Production Park, Lanchang, Pahang, Malaysia. There were 8 students who participated in this activity consisting of 4 sons and 4 daughters and 1 companion from Bhumi Horta. This activity will not only be attended by Faperta Unwahas students but also participants from other countries, namely Germany and Japan.

Students will have activities in the orchard for 6 hours every day such as pruning, maintenance, harvesting, post-harvest, and marketing. Commodities grown in the area are kaffir lime, kedondong, yellow lemon, jackfruit, kalamansi orange, durian and many more. Some fruit products are even sent to the factory to be made into packaged juices.

With so many types of commodities and activities, it is hoped that agricultural students can develop their knowledge and potential, especially in the field of agriculture, while exchanging experiences and cultures with participants from other countries. In addition, it is also hoped that all the knowledge and experience gained from the PKL project locations can be shared and applied in Indonesia.