Do what you like and do it honestly

Sep 28, 2021


During lock-down, I didn’t go outside for seven weeks.  I didn’t even walk out to my car. Now I’m outside every day, for most of the day. I’ve hardly used my computer since moving back, and I don’t watch much TV. I have a much deeper appreciation for nature and the environment — its beauty and also its power.

I was quite fed up with a lot of things about our society: consumerism and the political situation in Indonesia. I decided to move to a jungle in Kalimantan, away from all civilization. I wanted to start a new life close to nature.

I liked to climb trees, collect bugs, keep pet cat, and catch fish in the creek—and I hated guitar lessons.

I have memories of my grandmother gathered in the kitchen to put away freshly picked produce, the clicking of chickens, climbing trees in the backyard. I ate homemade biscuits, and drank from tin cups. Yet it bothered me to know that mine was the first generation in our family not to grow up on a farm.

I took the dream of a log home and chickens to college and everywhere else I lived in between—the longing buried in my heart.

Nowadays, I have lots of beautiful chickens that lay eggs we eat and sell. Feed is given twice a day. On an average one single bird takes 100-110 gm/day.

My farm is not really big. I spend five hours a day every day in the chicken farm. I compost, collect rainwater and maintain a farm.

Cleanliness is what has ensured my chickens do not contract diseases easily.

I vaccinate the chicken after every two to three months against, especially, Newcastle disease. The chicks are injected for the first time two weeks after hatching.

Fresh water is needed for the chickens because it plays a critical role in the regulation of a chicken’s body temperature.

I ended up finding something much more profound than I’d ever expected.

I make a living by working hard.  I feel like I’ve just begun to live. I got stronger. And I learned that I’m pretty optimistic, which is good, because a farmer has to be.