Posts Tagged ‘Sarawak Home Stay’

STARFRUIT LOOKING GOOD

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Our Starfruits are making me salivate thinking of Startfruit juice really looking good. Save for some which are worm infested the rest are looking pretty good. That’s the price you have to pay when you do not use pesticides.

HER FIRST BATCH OF EGGS

Goose Incubating

We lost our old Mama Chinese Goose 2 nights ago. She and her daughter were incubating their batch of eggs together under the same spot but we found old Mama headless. We suspect either a  Malay Civet or a Common Palm Civet which we have seen lurking around in the wee hours of the night.

It’s a real pity we lost old Mama but at least her little girl seems to be steady at incubating her first batch. We tried putting old Mama egg’s under her but she would not have any of it. What a hissing fit she puts up everytime we come near.

JUST BORN BARBADOS KID

New Addition To Our Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Herd

MANGOSTEEN

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Walking around The Kebun last night brought a surprise when we found that the mangosteen tree planted so many years ago finally bore fruits. It is always so nice to see your hard work finally show results.

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DURIAN SEASON IS HERE

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Durian season is here and this time we get to savor the king of fruits right here on the property. Anyone want some want a taste sniff?

REFLECTION TIME OVER

Looking at the figures that it is costing every month to run The Kebun made me cry like a baby gave me chills. Seriously this can’t go on. Decision time has come around and The Kebun is going to be turned into a Farm Stay experience the first we think of its kind in Sarawak.

Reflecting

Giving ourselves 8 weeks to whip get it into shape.

BEFORE YOUR DOE GIVES BIRTH

In the days before you Doe is due, start placing her up for the night in the kidding pen where she will have some privacy.  Sometimes we will put them in with another doe they get along well with because naturally goats do not like to be alone, so giving the doe ‘a friend’ (if needed) helps keep down stress. By placing the doe up a few days before the actual kidding time gives her time to adjust to her new pen.  A video monitor, something we have been thinking about but cannot afford at the moment, would be rather nice at this point to save on having to walk over to the pens in the odd hours of the night to check them over.

ORGANIC ONLY IN LABEL

Many of us think the ‘certified organic food’ we cough up good money for buy has been tested for pesticides. But the ‘organic certifier’ here is the Sarawak Agricultural Department and I dare say bet they some most spend most of their time shuffling papers and auditing the files of those pitiful few farmers for records indicating that forbidden chemicals weren’t used instead of making sudden unannounced spot checks on the farm and sampling of the produce. But I get extremely frustrated when I see farms whose “organic” vegetable fields look the same are as green and pest free as the conventional fields. Honest Conscientious farmers go through a lot of trouble to be organic and they worry about competing with cheaters who just want the price premiums that an organic label can command. Again the Sarawak Agriculture Department should make very routine surprise pesticide tests to catch these arseholes cheaters.

What a lot of us are unaware of is just how the organic system currently works. Organic farmers must prove they are not using synthetic fertilizer by documenting that they are using composted manure applications and weed their vegetable beds by hand. The inspector’s job, besides having a quick look around the farm, is focused predominantly on examining these records which, for all one knows, is completely fabricated. So can we trust an organic label in Sarawak?

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