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Jakarta Post

Rich Jakartans try their hands at farming

  • Novia D. Rulistia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 13 2011   /  08:00 am

Green fingers: Members of the Jakarta Berkebun (Gardening for Jakarta) group pose after harvesting water cress at the Springhill Golf Residence in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. The group promotes farming and gardening for middle-class Jakartans during weekends. JP/NurhayatiRapid urbanization has effectively separated people from the food they consume, which results in a majority of people in big cities being unfamiliar with how their food is grown.

A small group in Jakarta, however, has been trying to reverse this trend and decided to grow its own food. Armed with scraps of borrowed land and little knowledge about farming, these people are trying to do almost the impossible: become urban farmers.

One such hopeful is Radix Hidayat, a member of Jakarta Berkebun (Gardening for Jakarta) community.

At first, he just wanted to know what it was like to grow his own food.