What is It With Blueboots Farm Name?

When starting a venture, picking the perfect name is definitely one of the challenges. A name shall represent the venture’s values, characters and objectives. When we were trying to come up with a name for the farm, to be honest, we didn’t have much a problem. We didn’t think too much of it actually!

If you have been following our journal for a while, you will be able to guess where our name derives from.

Yes! It comes from our boots at the farm! So the story was… When we were about to begin working on the farm about two years ago, Samantha’s mom bought her a pair of boots. The kind of boots that will survive all kinds of weather, any soil condition and won’t go fussy on you in any circumstances. They are simply the perfect pair of boots. And of course, they are blue. From there we decided that we should name the farm Blueboots Farm.

Those pair of boots still survive through all the journey they have been through and they are a living witness of the farm’s progress. After all the challenges we have at the farm, it’s comforting to know that at least we have a pair of boots that we can count on. Long live Blueboots Farm!


Thank You Note

Today’s thank you note is dedicated to those who have contributed their parts to the journey of Blueboots Farm. Here goes the list.


To our farmers,

Thank you for always waking up early in the morning and making sure that the farm is well-taken care of. What will we do without you.


To the wives of our farmers,

Who are always making sure that their husband is well-fed, for turning the fresh produce at the farm into delicious meals, for making treats for us at the farm and even helping us to harvest our crops just when we need those extra hands.


To our photographer,

Most of the beautiful photos you see on Blueboots Farm was taken by this man. Just looking at the pictures make us feel like we are in the middle of the farm. Always heart-warming and honest, his pictures tell a thousand words about Blueboots Farm.


To the young guns,

We love our fellow makers, thinkers and innovators because they make us feel like we are in a similar journey! Everyone is making their own way but we are glad that we have a great support group who always supports each other.
Thank you.

Stay in the Loop

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How to Order from Blueboots Farm Website

We suppose, one of the most exciting things about Blueboots Farm’s new website is the fact that you can order our products through the website. There are options between Creamy or Crunchy Peanut Butter to choose from, as well as Moringa powder and Pandan powder in stock most of the time. In some rare occasions, you will see some fresh produces popping up on the web shop, ranging from sweet potatoes to edamame. You better keep an eye on subscribe to our mailing list to get these seasonal produces.

So how does ordering really works at Blueboots Farm’s website? We can guarantee you it’s a no brainer at all. Here goes:

  1. First, you will need to go to our website. Head to the shop section by clicking on “Shop” in the navigation bar. Browse through the products that you would like to purchase.
  2. On the product page, you will be able to select how many you would like to buy, then click “ Add to cart”. The product will then be added to your cart, which you can see from the shopping cart icon on the top right.
  3. Go to your shopping cart and process your purchase by clicking “Proceed to Checkout”. Fill in your details and click “Place Order”. Once you have done that, you will get an email about how to process the payment. Follow the next steps through email so please keep an eye on your inbox. Once everything is settled, we will send your order.

If there are any products that you would like to purchase but it’s out of stock, let us know by emailing to samantha@blueboots.farm. Please inform us if there is any special requests with the delivery too.

Exciting New Website!

Did you know that while we are sowing our land at the farm, we are also busy updating our website. Though our website is not the savviest, yet we think it’s pretty good for a farmer who spends lots of her time doing things hands on.

If you are always curious about the people and story behind Blueboots Farm, you will be able to know us better through our website. Maybe you have been craving for that Creamy Peanut Butter you bought from one of our events? That too is solved, because now you can shop Blueboots Farm’s products from the Shop page. Keep an eye on our shop as well because we will be updating it will seasonal products from time to time (Hint: check towards the end of September). And of course, if you have been following our social media, you will know that we love sharing our stories through our Journal.

So we’ve got it covered for everyone of you who’s keen to know Blueboots Farm better. Explore our new website and say hello to us!

Pak Petrus’ Story: A True Indonesian Farmer

As much as we are working hard at Blueboots Farm, our farmers are the core of it all. This time, we will get to know one of our farmers who has been working with us since we first started. We love working with our farmers because each one of them is unique and they possess different skills and knowledge, which is highly influenced by their background.

Pak Petrus joined Blueboots Farm in December 2014, right when we just began our days at the farm. Pak Petrus came all the way from Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. Although most of his family does not work in agriculture, but his father was a coconut farmer. Farming was not a skill that is commonly inherited in Flores and in Pak Petrus’ family. Mostly people in Flores grow coconut, but there is also some who grow corn and rice as well.

Usually starting to work at 7am, Pak Petrus will go around the farm to supervise the overall condition of the farm. After that, he will look after the details of the farm, from watering the crops, weeding the wild plants, taking care of the plants in general, preparing the compost and fertilizer to be used at the farm.

Sounds like a hard work! However, Pak Petrus really enjoys watching the process of growing the crops and he’s doing it with a happy heart. Apart from that, he said that it feels like he is getting paid for exercising. We love having Pak Petrus around and appreciate his hard work. Without him, Blueboots Farm won’t be like what it is right now.

Introducing Pak Yayan

Pak Yayan is born and raised in this very area where Blueboots Farm is located. He has spent most of his life shifting from plot to plot working on people’s plot of land to grow rice paddies, taro, cassava, sweet potatoes and many more. We are so blessed to have Pak Yayan on our team as he has the experience and local wisdom knowledge we needed to support the farm’s activities. He has a special love towards local varieties of bananas which he planted all at the edges of the farm as a personal collection.

We spent some time this morning with Pak Yayan to know him a little bit more and to find the motivation behind his love in farming and the struggles he had with organic farming.

Blueboots Farm: Bagaimana dulu awalnya mulai bertani, Pak? (How did you start farming?)
Pak Yayan: Saya mulai bertani sejak umur 20 tahun. Pertama kali mulai bertani karena orang tua saya juga petani. Kakak adik saya ada yang bertani juga dan ada yang kerja bangunan. Dulu kebanyakan kami menanam tomat, timun dan cabe untuk dijual di pasar.

I started farming when I was 20 years old. In the beginning, I started farming because my parents were farmers as well. Some of my siblings do farming, but some also work in construction. We used to grow tomato, cucumber and chili to be sold in the traditional market.  

BF: Apa yang Bapak nikmati dari bertani? (What do you enjoy the most from farming?)
Yang saya suka dari bertani adalah karena ada hasilnya dari bertani. Bisa merasakan hasilnya dari tanaman yang sudah dirawat. Walaupun modalnya besar, tapi nantinya akan menghasilkan lumayan.

The thing that I enjoyed from farming is there is a real result out of it. I can see the result after taking care of the plants. Although the cost is not small, but the result will be worth it.

BF: Pengalaman menarik apa yang Bapak pernah temui saat bertani? (What interesting experience did you encounter while you were farming?)
Dulu waktu orang tua saya bertani, mereka menggunakan metode organik. Jadi pupuknya dari kotoran kambing atau dari abu bakar. Kira-kira di tahun ‘60an pupuk baru umum digunakan. Tapi bertani organik memang lebih susah daripada bertani konvensional.

When my parents started farming, they used organic method. So the fertilizer is from goat’s manure or from ash. Approximately in the 60s, synthetic fertilizer was commonly used.

However, organic farming is harder than conventional farming.

5 Facts About Blueboots Farm Everyone Think Is True (But It’s Not)

Some days you wondered, who are the people behind these fruit and veggie posts you see on Instagram. You then started to make your own hypothesis of who actually planted them. Is it some old farmers in a rural area? Do they use the latest technology in growing the crops? Where do they get their seeds from?

Read through to read about what people commonly think about Blueboots Farm and the truth behind it.

  1. Blueboots Farm is located in a remote rural area. We are actually located in Cijeruk, Bogor, 30 minutes off the city of Bogor. The same main street as Warso Durian Farm.
  1. Blueboots Farm is owned by an old rich man. We’re definitely not old, we are young farmpreneurs who take on the challenge of growing food sustainably, with the help of local Cijeruk farmers in the area (although they look old, they’re soul and spirit is as young as us). We are also working with fresh graduate from IPB to strengthen our knowledge on growing food.
  1. In order to get the best harvest we use pesticide. In order to stay to our vision, we’ve been trying to find ways to keep our farm sustainable and organic. Therefore we make our own bio-pesticide from natural ingredients found easily on the farm. Like neem, suren, papaya leaves and many other smelly or bitter plant that deter pests.
  1. We grow the same crops all the time. In order to reduce the number of pests and maintain a healthy soil, crops rotation is implemented. We never plant the same kind of crop after each season.
  1. We have strong background in agriculture. False. We studied totally different things but we are keen to learn about agriculture. Most of our knowledge and skills came from asking around, learning from local farmers and doing things hands-on. There was definitely lots of trial and error and even now we are still trying different things to achieve the best result by combining traditional and modern methods.

We hope what we do will inspire and positively impact our community. Follow Blueboots Farm’s progress as we strive towards a better future for farming!

Blueboots’ Vision

We, at Blueboots Farm, want to revolutionize the local food culture that emphasizes on quality, sustainability and traceability

Growing up in a diverse and rich land, often times we take our land for granted. As we experience living abroad, we started to realize how blessed we are with rich soil and tropical climates. And as we take a closer look, we started to realize how vast the food industry has grown. Unfortunately, this growth has made the root of food distance from its consumers.  A lot of young people don’t know how some fruits or vegetables look like before it’s processed. Most importantly a lot of people has forgotten how to grow like the old days, organically. Organic farming is actually not a new thing. If you look back and think about the farming back in the days, they probably didn’t have the knowledge and/or technology to use pesticides etc. In many Indonesian farms , farmers used local plants or herbs such as suren and neem to minimize pests that destroy their crops. They also often use their kitchen waste as a compost. It was the high demand (due to the scarce of food during wars) that pushes them to industrialize farming, where they maximized crops’ growth through technology. However, this ‘forced’ growth was not fully evaluated, neither was it sustainable. In order for farmers to keep growing ‘good crop’ they needed to keep buying ‘good seeds’ and pesticides, which might be more costly compared to how much they could sell their crops. The price was even lower if they had to sell it to the middlemen, also known as tengkulak.

As we learned about this issues we were encouraged to face the challenge. We wanted to show to others that growing organically & sustainably is not impossible. And since not everyone have the time to grow their own food, we want to be able to provide some options for their daily supplies by reintroducing some of the classic recipes of processing harvests in a modern & fun way.

Knowing Samantha in 3 Questions

Rise and shine!

This morning, we chatted with Blueboots Farm’s founder, Samantha Gunawan, to find out more about why she ended up in a farm while a lot of women her age would not even want to spend too much time under the sun. Read through to find out how Samantha started Blueboots Farm and the challenges she had.

What did you study, Sam? Does it have anything to do with farming?
I studied Industrial Engineering at Purdue University for my bachelor’s degree.

Tell us your first encounter/experience with farming.
My first encounter will be going to Nafi’s farm at Cisarua and for the first time seeing, touching, smelling and tasting the plants right off the ground and not from the supermarket or on a plate. It was a rousing encounter that got me curious on where our food comes from.

Why did you start Blueboots Farm?
I started Blueboots farm because I was just dying to learn and experiment on growing. I knew that the best way of learning to farm is to start trying. I started right away and it has been a roller coaster ride since then, trying to figure things out and sometimes doing things from scratch. Definitely I encountered lots of trial and error in the process.

Although Samantha did not have a background in farming, she has been very keen in learning, trying and getting her hands on the process. To know Samantha further, you can always email her on samantha@blueboots.farm. She would be more than happy to talk if she has got no soil in her hand.