Ive been following @IDberkebun on Twitter since few months ago, and seriously wanted to join if the community existed in Balikpapan. Stupidly, I never asked the admin about it, and until last week, when I was in Pendingin (I will have a special post for this one soon), I saw on Twitter that there is @Bpnberkebun! Oh my, after almost 8 months staying here? Yes, kinda my fault. -___-
Alright, lets go to the story. On last Sunday, after registration on Twitter (the event was a collaboration between @Bpnberkebun and @akberbalikpapan) I and my super partner went to the venue. I don’t really know where exactly it is located, I just follow my instinct. Hahahahaha But thank God, I found it. It’s in front of my favourite mall, Balcony (for the cheap movie tix, of course). The venue was Panti Asuhan Ummi (an orphanage). As usual, me, a super shy Icha slowly gets into the orphanage and standing in front of the door until the orphanage manager came out and asked us to get in the house. The house was quite big and in my honest opinion, it’s quite comfort (by looking at the living room) for the kids who are staying there.
The orphanage manager, lets just call her as ‘Ibu’ (fine, I stupidly did not asked her name) invited us for a lunch. And we’re really sorry because before coming there, we already had our lunch after playing badminton with Well Services KAL Team. We’re seriously full. And of course, we’re on healthy diet program too. Haha :p After having lunch, the committee are preparing the presentation. As far as I know, @akberbalikpapan is part of Akademi Berbagi where they are focusing on teaching. So, that’s mean we were having a class on that day. Yeay! :D The class for that special day was about Urban Farming, the knowledge was shared by Pak Widodo, someone who is expert about farming (he is working with a company that provides plant seed and has his own business too).
He taught us how to have our own small farm using poly bag and utilize the surrounding area of our house with green plant. The steps are seeding, planting and giving appropriate fertilizers for our plants so that they get proper nutrient. The steps are so simple and I can practice it at home (but now Im still focusing on my breakout & promotion steps, so maybe after I get my grade 8 I will have my own farm :) ).
After the class finished, we’re invited to the backyard of the orphanage where we’re going to have the farm. I helped to carry the sand and fertilizer (from goat waste, if Im not mistaken). The fertilizers were really smelly! Haha :p But it’s okay, the experience much more worth it than the smell of goat. Haha :) ) The backyard area was so huge. The orphanage have their own space (like a pond) that is full with cat fish (lele), have chicken farm and also goat at their backyard. The chicks and goat are the greatest enemy for the farm that we’re going to have, so that’s why they built a fence all over the farm for protection.
|Building the fence|
First of all, before we start to put the seed into the poly bag, we have to prepare the sand + natural fertilizer. The ratio was 2:1 (sand : fertilizer). Oh ya, before going to the event, I bought myself a shovel and handglove, that has flower motif (I did not wear it because its too flowery, MALUUUUUU) -__-“. I used my shovel to help mixing the sand and fertilizers. I thought the goat waste smell was the worst part, but its not. WORMS are the worst part! Oh God TT___TT I dislike worms so much and accidentally tells it and one of the orphanage, Rizky was really naughty and he keeps on giving me fresh worms that he found in the sand. I shout and actually almost cry. Swear it. --___--
|Mixing the sand + fertilizer|
Fine, lets forget about the worms story. Now get back to farming session. :) ) After finshed mixing the sand and fertilizer, we put the mixture into poly bag, the amount of the mixture was ¾ of the poly bag. And then, we take the seed and take out the plastic wrap and put in the hole inside the poly bag. Put it until the level of the root so that the stem will not be rotten. And we’re ready to arrange the poly bags at the farm! :D
|Mbak Nisa planting the seed :D|
We spent almost 1.5 hours doing the farming. It was a good experience, where I got the chancee to be part of a community that really care about the environment, education and I could also get to know a lot of new friends and widened my circle of life. I hope the community will continue to grow and brings out positive impact to the society and environment, not to forget, to our nation. Apart from that, by having the activity in an orphanage like Panti Asuhan Ummi, it makes me realize how grateful I am to have a complete family and a very good life, compare to them, the unfortunate kids. Oh ya, my partner and I have a special mission for the kids there, hopefully we can make it real so soon. Aamiin. :)
|The seeds, all green ^__^|
That’s the story of mine. A day where I getting involve in a community in Balikpapan, the city where I was assigned by Schlumberger to work with (for, more suitable I think) them.
Sorry if my English is so damn bad. Hihihi :p Have a good day, peeps! :D )
Note : All photos are belong to Kak @saputrakingdom