“Lakeland” is a 3.5 hectare organic farm. The small children live and learn on the farm, and are knowledgeable in the fields of organic farming, recycling, composting, and conservation. The farm allows the children to learn hands-on how to build a self sustainable community.
With the monsoon season approaching, it was important to landscape part of the gardens to provide support for when the rains come. Our time at the Children's Shelter included the "building of a nature dam" which involved some serious physical labor including:
- gathering 100 bags of rocks from a nearby river
- transporting the rocks back to the farm
- using the rocks to landscape a sloping hill to support the earth for when the rainy season starts
- creating the beds for the vegetables
- transferring compost from one part of the farm to the new gardens
- planting beans
- chopping up banana trees to make new compost
All of the children on the farm contribute to the tasks.
|Piling into the back of the truck to head to the river|
|Treating the kids to some treats at a little store on the way to the river|
Everybody worked really hard irrespective of size or age.
The children took a much needed break to play in the water.
In the video below, Wayu does a crazy backflip in front of a German volunteer which really scares her (understandably because it looks like he is going to land on his face). He sees that she got scared so he runs over to give her a reassuring hug.
Back at the farm, we laid the stones to reinforce the garden beds.
And the following day, we worked on the compost and planting the beans.