Looking Back

This photo was taken back in early 2016. We can’t believe how far we have grown since then (literally!). Have you got any hopes for Blueboots Farm in the upcoming year? Perhaps more workshops or events? Keep in mind that we will be running more programs in 2018, including Corporate Events. Please feel free to contact Blueboots Farm by email to samantha@blueboots.farm if your company is keen to do events at the farm. While we already have a set of program, we are always open to cater your needs.

Blueboots Farm on lemonilo.com

Now you can order Blueboots Farm’s products through lemonilo.com along with other leading Indonesian health and food brands. Go to Blueboots Farm’s page on their website to get our products.

What’s Been Growing?

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A little update from the farm, Kale is growing fine!

Farmseries 01: Basic Planting Workshop

After we have went through the farm and forest area, we headed to the nursery to learn about basic planting. As everyone gathered in the nursery, Samantha went through the process of planting. We learned that healthy soil is the key to good produces, not the fertilizer. In the picture, we were mixing compost made in Blueboots Farm. It basically contains cocopeat, which is coconut husk to retain water and to bind the soil together and charcoaled rice husk for drainage so the roots can grow well. This is the basic soil mixture we used in the farm and it is good to be used for home planting as well. We mixed the ingredients well together and add some water so they form a good base for our plants.

 

Then we prepared some seedling trays and filled them with the mixed soil. We got some rosella seeds to be planted by Farmseries01’s participants and everyone were excited to get their hands on. To plant the seeds, we would have to make holes with our finger in the seedling tray so the seeds are planted deep enough. After that we covered the surface with more soil. It would be best to put this seedling trays near the window if you are planting these at home, otherwise keep them in well-lit areas.

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After learning about healthy soil and experiencing planting seeds in seedling tray, everyone headed to vegetable plot to learn about transplanting baby seedlings to beds. Samantha was explaining the steps to best take the seedlings out from the small pot to vegetable bed. It is important to keep all the roots intact for a successful transfer.

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Everyone got their hands dirty while Pak Petrus was also excited to share his stories at the farm too! Kale, lettuces and eggplant seedlings were the plants were transferred that morning and they are looking health per today’s check. In the end, the whole beds were filled with the baby plants and everyone seemed to be ready for lunch.

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Our Very Own Heroes

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Celebrating today’s “Hari Pahlawan”, we talked with Samantha to share about those people who she thinks are the real heroes for Blueboots Farm. These people are dearly close to Blueboots Farm and have influenced the farm in such way that shapes it to become what it is now. So who are these people?

Bu Helianti

I knew Bu Helianti through my sister, Stephanie, who has previously worked with her on a project. I was really interested in her company Javara and soon I was able to be given the opportunity to work with her as an intern in 2014. She is a leader with good vision, passion and perseverance. Her vision and passion for her company, Javara are what drives and motivates her team and farmers all around Indonesia to uphold Indonesia’s biodiversity. She is also a good mentor that gives advices and direction to young entrepreneurs.

In a way or two, the experience shaped what becomes Blueboots Farm today because Bu Helianti helped me discover my passion in local Indonesian ingredients and growing them. She showed me on the amazing range of biodiversity of ingredients in Indonesia and the potential of each ingredients we can bring to the market. Bu Heli influences our way of showcasing the produce we grow in the farm. Instead of selling the produce as it is to the market, we value-add the produces to on-shelf products to be able to increase the attractiveness each produce.

Pak Dwi

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I knew Pak Dwi when I interned in Javara. He was put in the team with me as my planting mentor. He has a really kind heart and a teacher-spirit in him. He never fails to teach me positive values in life that help me define the way of looking at things. And he is never tired to teach someone patiently about organic farming.

He has definitely define the spirit and principles on the way Blueboots grow our produce. Pak Dwi has showed on what it takes to be a true farmer that is mindful of the environment. Many elements of the farm is designed and built in the way Pak Dwi has taught Blueboots team.

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Mixed Root Chips

Have you had tried Blueboots Root Chips? If you have been to any of our events, you might have had the chance to get these yummy crispy root chips.

Consisting of a variety of tubers that grow at Blueboots Farm, these chips are simply irresistible. All you favourite root veggies are included, when you open the package you can expect the familiar savouriness of cassava, yellow sweet potato with a hint of natural sweetness and purple sweet potato with a distinct tea-like flavour. Best of the best!

To enhance the umami flavour, these beautiful chips are lightly seasoned with Kusamba salt and black pepper at Blueboots Kitchen. Eating chips, will surely be a different experience since every bite will be a surprising one!

Traditional Harvest Celebration in Indonesia

When we start to talk about traditional harvest celebration in Indonesia, there definitely are lots of things going on throughout the nation. In this week’s Local Wisdom, we explored the vibrant traditions of Indonesia’s harvest celebration to understand deeper about our long and deep relationship to agriculture in Indonesia.

1. Seren Taun

The Sundanese have their harvest celebration which they call Seren Taun. It is celebrated annually based on Sundanese ancient calendar since back in the Kingdom of Sunda era. They would sing songs such asPangemat and Angin-angin to call and invite the goddess to come down to earth and bless the rice seeds, the farmers and to keep off bad lucks and also preventing misfortune.

The ritual starts by presenting rice to community leaders, which then will be put into leuit (rice barn). The community leaders will give the indung pare (mother of rice) that has been blessed to village leaders to be planted for the next farming cycle.

 

2. Wiwitan

Wiwitan tradition is celebrated in Bantul, Jogja and Demak. This is when the villagers are preparing offerings such as traditional food and they would pray together for a good season ahead. The farmers will harvest the paddy and keep some as the seed for the next planting season. Traditionally they would also wash their farming equipments to wash away bad luck.

 

3. Bendrong Lesung

Bendrong Lesung is a festive celebration by the villagers in Karanganyar. This festival mainly involves beating the mortar (lesung) that they would normally use to beat the paddy. The mortar becomes a lively musical instrument which builds up the ambiance and mark the harvest celebration in Karanganyar. Normally the beating of the mortar is joined by other traditional music instruments to create a more festive celebration.