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One of Begawan’s goals is to shift towards sustainability, using regenerative agricultural practices to restore soil health. Healthy soil is a key to creating a sustainable future. Through our farming practices, we focus on the regeneration of the rice field soil, eliminating the use of agrochemicals by creating natural fertilisers, pesticides, and herbicides, and treating the Subak water as it enters the fields.

Begawan at BALI UNIK Festival

On 8 November, Begawan’s team participated in BALI UNIK Festival by Further East, hosted by The Legian, Seminyak. We took the opportunity to promote three programs at Begawan – regenerative farming, the critically endangered Bali Starling conservation, and free education for local children – to a wide audience.

Bradley & Debby T. Gardner introducing Begawan to the audience
Founders, Debs and Bradley Gardner, introducing Begawan to the audience

Begawan’s Display

Through an interesting display, the festival’s visitors learned about our community-based heritage rice cultivation project, the concept of regenerative farming, our permaculture farm garden, the history of the Subak system in Bali, and the importance of agricultural practices for Bali’s social, cultural, and religious way of life.

Regenerative Agriculture showed through the booth
Begawan’s Display

Another attractive item displayed from the theme, Bees and Butterflies, were the beeswax candles created by the students when learning about conservation. Our educational activities reflect our comprehensive effort to provide quality education opportunities for local children to break the cycle of poverty in rural Bali.

Many guests were also very interested in Begawan’s long-established initiatives in conserving the critically endangered Bali Starling (Jalak Bali) as Bali’s iconic mascot. One of Begawan’s goals is to ensure the preservation of these birds, breeding and releasing them in our own village, with protection from our local community. We welcome guests who are enthusiastic to visit and learn about the conservation of Bali Starlings and support our activities by visiting our Breeding and Release Centre in Banjar Bayad, Mellinggih Kelod, North of Ubud.

Balinese Mansur Heritage Rice in jute sacks and various traditional farming equipment were display highlights that caught the visitors’ attention. Mansur rice, one of hundreds of Balinese heritage rice varieties that are almost extinct, still survives. We cultivate Mansur rice as a commitment to valuing local heritage food produce as well as maintaining and preserving food diversity without degrading our environment here in Bali.

Begawan’s Next Harvest of Mansur Rice

Guests also learned about our next harvest of Balinese Heritage Mansur rice, due by the end of December 2022. From our community-based rice fields totalling about 1 hectare of land we are expecting around 2 tons of rice to be harvested and then milled, ready to be distributed. (Dhamar & Sintia)

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