A Delightful Collaboration of Indmira and UGM KKN Teams

December 16, 2015 - Uncategory

In 1 July 2015, Gadjah Mada University (UGM) will send off a large number of her seniors to do community service at every corner of the country. This community service (KKN) will hopefully open up the students’ eyes to real life problems that require diverse ideas and creativity to solve. Each team consists of students from different faculties, which should provide different vantage points in finding the appropriate solutions for some obstacles faced by the inhabitants of Lembang (West Java), Cangkringan (D.I. Yogyakarta) to Wakatobi (Southeast Sulawesi).

Lembang, Cangkringan, and Wakatobi have their own unique characters. Lembang is well known to have fertile soil on a hilly terrain, which makes it suitable for farming and protective forest. Whereas Cangkringan, located at elevation of 500 m on the side of Merapi, has a well developed irrigation system and is very appropriate for farming as well. Unlike these previous locations, Wakatobi is well known for its white sand beaches and coral reef. Although most inhabitants live off fishing, this area also produces copra, cassava and canarium nuts.

Each KKN team has the main purpose of helping the villagers to improve the right mental state to optimize the natural resources at each location. This process will hopefully help develop the manpower to manage and use the available resources while still preserving the local wisdoms that have been used to maintain their environments.

The teams came to Indmira for a workshop in verticulture on Thursday, 11 June 2015. They arrived at the headquarter at 08:00 and immediately were guided to the Fun Farm on Merapi (FFM), one of Indmira’s partners in H2B program. This farm is located in Amboja farm and managed by Koko Sasongko, who is developing organic farming for home gardens. He explained the farm operation such as why companion planting and organic mulching (rice straw). This system is safe for home practice because of less or no synthetic chemicals and good for the soil. There was also a discussion on that the plants used in home gardens should be adjusted to the appropriate location. This could be deduced from what the locals had been planting.

After FFM, these UGM students returned to Indmira headquarter on Jl. Kaliurang km 16,3. Here, they were given the tour of the facility starting from the front area where there are planting beds to simulate farming on beach sand, reclaimed mine, rice husk and peat. They were also shown the tabulampot (fruit tree in a pot) collection, hydroponics, aquaponic, and verticulture that had been developed by Indmira.

Before the lunch break, Azmi Basyarahil shared his experience during KKN in Papua to motivate and give the right expectations to these outgoing students. Having earned his undergraduate degree from and currently being enrolled in the masters program at UGM, Azmi presented his multi-media story which was not only based on his own experience, but also on that of his friends. His main message was to be ready to learn and stay humble.

The last session, held after the lunch break, was the verticulture practice led by Koko Sasongko. He explained how to mix the soil, what containers to use and how to set them up. The medium contained soil, composted manure, and rice husk charcoal. The containers were plastic grain sacks that were propped up with bamboo sticks. There were approximately ten holes on the sides of these sacks. They also got to prepare waer bottles as planters. We used Indmira’s fertilizers (SNN and SAN) and fungicide (Tricogreen). All participants go to practice verticulture using recycled materials.

We wish these KKN UGM teams to Lembang, Cangkringan, dan Wakatobi all the best(An)

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