The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) organised a trip to an organic farm at Chenderiang, on the way to Lata Kinjang, called Hebron. The farm has been operating for 28 years and consists of two parcels of land; 20 acres at the foot of the hill and 50 acres at the peak. A group of about 40 was led by Mr Tan (pic) on a tour of the farm where plump chickens (broilers and layers) are reared free-range – all fed with the farm’s own mix of organic feed. There were also scattered trees of: avocado, starfruit, murungai (drumstick tree), papaya, and the delectable durian, which just happened to be in season. It was pointed out that, not only is the murungai’s green pods delicious for cooking, but the young leaves are also highly nutritious. It was interesting, and unusual, to find dried noodles made with these leaves, sold at the farm’s store. The group also saw how soya sauce is made the old-fashioned way, by the sun, which takes about 5 to 6 months; a fish pond of tilapia; a compost shed; and companion planting of vegetables, legumes and flowers, to replenish the soil and keep pests at bay. The trip ended with an organic lunch of noodles and garden fresh vegetables.
Organic products are sold at Lifecare Medical Supplies, 521 Jalan Pasir Putih, Ipoh, and at the pasar malam on Mondays (Gunung Rapat) and Fridays (First Garden).
Hebron is run by the New Testament Church. To arrange for a visit, contact: Mr Tan – 012-5026924 or Shuzhen – 012-5153160.