farming is gaining popularity in Malaysia today, partly due to the
effect of CETDEM's Organic Farm which operated for some 10 years
at Sungai Buloh, near Kuala Lumpur (CETDEM started its 1st Community
Farm in mid September 1996 in Subang New Village).
began as a one-acre experiment in 1987 grew well enough to be a
proven venture. The small farm was growing vegetables and fruits,
without the use of any chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
farm concentrated on a variety of local vegetables including cabbage,
tomatoes, cucumbers, long beans, radish, eggplants, mustard [sawi],
and spinach [bayam]. It was also growing tropical fruits like papaya
a few years, possibly much to the surprise of some cynics, the farm
was flourishing enough to be doing direct sales and even retailing
its produce through two supermarkets in Kuala Lumpur.
the farm is closed. But only to launch a new beginning.
decided that with its limited resources, it has to spread the good
philosophy and practice of organic farming and kitchen gardening.
The practical experiences learnt need to be shared, more so when
there is an urgent need to increase the quality and quantity of
organic produce in the Malaysian market.
main objectives of the Project are to demonstrate the viability
of organic farming in the Malaysian environment and to promote public
appreciation of environmental issues including:
conservation of resources
need for changes in lifestyle
current phase of the Project focuses on sharing our experiences
with farmers, trainers and individuals so that more organic produce
is available in the country
from 1986 to 1996, the CETDEM organic farm:
to cultivate an appreciation of farming [especially organic farming]
while being a practical contribution to the national effort to
be self-sufficient in food;
the development and application of ecologically sound agricultural
practices as well as the utilization of renewable energy systems;
both interns and volunteers to improve their own skills through
participation in farm activities while allowing them to provide
a practical learning environment for children who spent weekends
and school holidays at the farm.
the early years, the Project received financial support from Bread
for the World (1988 - 1992) and HIVOS (1998 - 1999). In between
it was funded from income from the Organic Farm itself.