The farm greets 2017 with a number of developments. We are now moving at a fast pace to make up for time lost during the holiday season!
Mulching of all the plots, using both temporary plastic and natural mulch, were completed. The store room and nursery were spring cleaned, and racks rebuilt to better store farm equipment, materials and plants.
The goal to fully plant all the plots this week was delayed; fungal diseases on some plants caused by the rainy season set back seed germination. Thankfully, we managed to tackle some of the problems.
An encouraging development is the positive progress with our sweet corns, snow peas, brinjals, and purple sweet potatoes!
Another development at the farm is the restructuring of farm duties. To reduce the physical workload of the older OA farmers i.e. Ibu Masenah, Ibu Alus and Ibu Beriah, aged 62, 61 and 60 respectively, they will handle seeding and transplanting once they have learned the skills from Nor.
To wrap up the week, the farmers installed the netting and surrounding drainage of the two greenhouses. Next week, the greenhouse doors and the farm main gate will be constructed.