As we learn the ways of sustainable eating with concepts like Locavore, Slow Food, 100 Mile Die and Safe Food, we are also discovering that we have many resources here in Johor like local produce at our wet markets, night markets, farmers markets and green markets. We are discovering the importance of knowing the farmers who provide us with food and learning as much as we can about the problems of the agricultural industry and rewarding the retailers who are going the extra mile to provide us with better choices.
The Wealth We Make Ourselves
Doing-it-yourself, or self-provisioning, is a culture shift back to the lost arts practiced by earlier generations—gardening, woodworking, quilting, canning, preserving and sewing. People engage in these activities because they enjoy them and also, producing artisanal jams, pickles, soap, and home furnishings yields better-quality products or products that are not easily available and makes pricey items affordable. Often DIY requires involvement in a community to learn and share these lost arts.
You + Farmer + Handshake = CSA
WHAT IS IT?
CSAs generally focus on the production of high quality foods for a local community, often using organic or biodynamic farming methods, and a shared risk membership–marketing structure. This kind of farming operates with a much greater degree of involvement of consumers and other stakeholders than usual — resulting in a stronger consumer-producer relationship.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Consumers buy "shares" in a farm's harvest in advance. The farmer commits to supply organic and safe food for the consumers, usually on a weekly basis, at an agreed price, quantity and variety.
CSA began in the early 1960s in Germany, Switzerland and Japan as a response to concerns about food safety and the urbanization of agricultural land. In the 1960s groups of consumers and farmers in Europe formed cooperative partnerships to fund farming and pay the full costs of ecologically sound and socially equitable agriculture.
BENEFITS FOR FARMER
- Guaranteed of buyers.- Guaranteed of good income.
- No wastage of produce.
BENEFITS FOR CONSUMER
- Assured of safe & fresh food.- Know source of food.
Green Valley Ecovillage is a model of sustainability, representing an effective, assessable way to combat the degradation of our social, ecological and spiritual environment. We integrate various aspects of ecological design, permaculture, green planting and production, community building practices, and much more.
JARO is a social enterprise selling gifts and home accessories handmade by artisans with disabilities. Their products include rattan goods, soft tailoring like toys and cosmetic bags and stationery items from their bookbinding department. They are located at 18, Jalan Sungei Chat, Johor Bahru.
GPS: N1° 27' 48.3552" E103° 44' 26.5848" next to Sultan Abu Bakar School.
Desaru Fruit Farm is a working farm using chemical free farming methods to grow a diverse range of fruits and herbs. Produce is sold at their own outlet in Desaru as well as their stall at Pelangi Pasar Malam in the city. They also make fruit related products- banana chips, fruit cordials, herb drinks and offer tours and overnight stays at their farm.
44, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4,
Taman Sutera Utama,
49, Jalan Molek 2/4,
Johor Bahru 81100,
John farms in Ulu Tiram and sells his vegetables at various markets around Johor Bahru. He practises low pesticide management, that is, only if required and never right before harvesting.
The reason he does this is because he thinks that responsible methods of farming like this is the right thing to do. He grows mainly leafy green vegetables which he sells alongside some other produce he purchases from wholesalers.
Buying from a local farmer like John (he farms in Ulu Tiram a short 20kms away) also reduces emissions and energy costs of transporting produce long distances and the need for extended refrigeration and storage. Vegetables are also picked at peak flavour usually that morning bringing them to market that evening.
Find him at:
Taman Pelangi Pasar malam on Tuesday nights. Map.
Support our local farmers who are practising better sustainable methods.