Indonesia Berkebun - Urban Farming Act for Community Empowerment

Indonesia Berkebun - Urban Farming Act for Community Empowerment

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Last Update: July 24, 2013

Indonesia Berkebun is an urban farming community networks spread in currently 27 cities & 4 campuses throughout the country socializing public to optimize non-productive land in urban area to be better able to provide food security and empower people via both social media and on-field real action.

Founded: 2011 Type: citizen sector

The Problem

The development target in most cities nowadays is clearly seen focused on the development of residential and business areas, with the incessant demand for real estate, apartments and commercial areas. This is exacerbated by the condition of forestry and agricultural land in the suburbs that has been converted to residential or industrial areas. As a result, productive farmland is decreasing and a pending food crisis is expected in the near future

The Solution

The concept of agriculture intensification was created. It could be said that this method is an attempt to optimize the limited land to be more productive and able to provide food security. One way is through urban agriculture, or often known as urban farming. Indonesia Berkebun, an urban farming community, has activists which spread in 30 city and/or campus networks. They have many social activities utilizing non-productive land in urban areas by planting useful crops in a way that makes it as a productive garden. Every weekend they plant, treat, and harvest various plants at the area lent by the owner to be tilled. Every network also use social media, mostly twitter, to socialize their vision and ask everyone to join with their action.

Example

The 3E concept: Ecology: to bring back soil fertility & saving the environment, Economy: create a sustainable city food supply, and Education: create public awareness how to utilize non-productive land in urban area or their own house. In these matters, Indonesia Berkebun with its 30 city/campus network can be act as both facilitator and also advisor for anyone want to optimize their limited space in their house to be planted with vegetables or in community scale make an urban farming movement by using social media such as Twitter & Facebook. Each network has their own site borrowed from the owner to be utilized as a community garden which is used by the activists to get together to plant, treat and harvest with the people live surround it.

Impact

The spirit of gardening in urban areas which started from the community in Jakarta, eventually already multiplied to several places in Indonesia which mostly through social media like Twitter & Facebook. Within a period of less than 3 years, Indonesia Berkebun activities have been spread across 27 cities and 4 campuses throughout the country. Indonesia Berkebun’s twitter account: @IDberkebun already has more than 35,000 followers and each city/campus networks also has account which their follower number range from 500 to 7000 currently. Each network also has its own gardening event which always crowded and rousing. Thank also to the conventional media (local, national & international) who always covering and exposing the story or events so that nowadays “berkebun” literally means “gardening” become a new lifestyle for urban dwellers who try to start gardening in their own home.

Budget: $1,000 - $10,000

Sustainability Plan

Indonesia Berkebun hopes that urban farming activities can transmit the spirit to citizens especially for the next generation to become more resilient and self-contained towards food crisis. These activities need some sustainable financial plan to face the possibility of becoming bigger in the future. There is some idea to establish a foundation to get funds or professional company to sell some harvesting products for running the community.

Marketplace

Urban agriculture is not a new activity for Indonesian. However, not many of the municipalities in this country have an urban farming program. Indonesia Berkebun was initiated with bottom-up method. It does not depend on the government or private even though it always opens for positive collaboration from any parties. This community has already collaborated with other positive communities have similar interest concerning the environment such as GreenerationID, Indonesia Organic Community and also Akademi Berbagi which result Akademi Berkebun, a free education class of Indonesia Berkebun.

Founding Story

Indonesia Berkebun program is started from the small community in Jakarta named JktBerkebun who held an event called First Planting on February 20, 2011 located on the area owned by some developer. It was attended by over 150 people from various backgrounds and professions. The impact was being exposed by many successive media covering the community activists to find out more about the vision of this action. Followed by next event called First Harvesting on April 10, 2011 in the same location, the spirit of farming in Jakarta eventually inspired people from other cities which also followed and made similar kind of activities. With their own way, each community of Indonesia Berkebun networks does the activity that carries the same vision.

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Challenges

Nutrients for All: Vitality for People and the Planet

Nutrients For All

Where do you ensure the availability of nutrients?

Healthy environments., Nutrient-rich farming, Full nourishment foods.

If you had greater capacity, which additional sectors would you like your solution to target - either through expansion, partnership, or thought exchange?

Healthy environments, Nutrient-rich farming, Full nourishment foods, Human wellness and vitality.

How specifically would this added capacity help you improve the quality, efficiency, or sustainability of your existing product or service?

There are two factors for improving the quality, efficiency and sustainability of our community movement: internal & external. Internally, we want to strengthen our system, management, and knowledge by participate on some training, seminar and some knowledge exchange about urban farming, landscape design, agriculture, business, etc. with other institutions have similar vision. Externally, we want to make more good connection, relation with and also getting support such as donation, fund or other policies from other institution such as government, private sector, media and public as well.

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Sigit Kusumawijaya profile img
Wed, 05/15/2013 - 06:48

Indonesia Berkebun is a community act based on the urban apprehension, such as environmental destruction due to irresponsibly waste and rubbish disposal, lessen aesthetic quality of the city, lack of public green space for children playground, and also future food shortage. We have many social activities utilizing non-productive land in urban areas by planting useful crops in a way that makes it as a productive garden. With visions to bring back soil fertility and saving the environment ecologically, create a sustainable city food supply economically, and educationally create public awareness especially to the next generation to be more care about the environment, every weekend the activists of the community plant, treat, and harvest various productive plants at the area lent by the owner to be tilled. The spirit of gardening or farming in urban areas which started from Jakarta, eventually already spread to several cities in Indonesia which mostly through social media twitter, facebook, youtube, etc. With their own way, each community of Indonesia Berkebun networks does the activity that carries the same vision. Within a period of almost two years Indonesia Berkebun activities have been spread across 27 cities and 3 campus. In 2011, Indonesia Berkebun was awarded by Google Inc. for Web-Heroes category and they made TV commercial for us as well. Find out about us in our website: www.idberkebun.org, Watch our activities in several cities in Indonesia in our YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/IDberkebun.