Gardening with Detainees of the Cebongan Penitentiary

Limited time and space should not dampen our spirits to grow what we eat. This attitude is what PT. Indmira wants to foster with the detainees of the Cebongan penitentiary. As more and more agricultural lands disappear, more and more people are removed from food production and do not know how to use their limited space for gardening. This condition is experienced by the detainees of the Cebongan penitentiary. However, they should not be prevented from learning agriculture and innovating in food production.

Furthermore, there are not many opportunities for the detainees to learn new skills that will be important for them once they leave the facility. Therefore, the penitentiary management, in a collaboration with Bina Insan Berdikari Foundation and PT. Indmira, holds a workshop on vegetable gardening using hydroponic for them, in the hopes that they will be able to apply it later.

This workshop takes place on 25 April 2018 and is presented by Mr. Budi Haryono, a member of PT. Indmira Research and Development team. “They are very enthusiastic to take the workshop. With hydroponic system, they can save time on the plant maintenance because this system is automated.” Mr. Haryono reports.

Hydroponic system is a good option for these detainees because it is relatively simple and does not take too much time. Moreover, hydroponic is not dependent on seasons. With the right nutritions, harvest can be sped up and yield can be maximal. The hydroponic installation at the penitentiary is a nutrient film transfer (NFT) system, on a 2 x 8 m PVC structure, with 3240 planting spots. The detainees are trained to grow leafy greens, such as kangkung, lettuce, mustard greens, and amaranth.

We hope our training will be useful for these detainees especially once they return to the society.