When most of the people in Bali have lost their job and daily income due to the pandemic, some of them have initiated to manage garden as an alternative to meet their families daily needs for food. Community in Kemenuh village, Gianyar, is an example.
Given that this pandemic brings uncertainty to their job in tourism industry, they settled an agreement between them to manage community garden by utilizing some abandoned land around them. Some of the land belongs to individual, while some of them registered under the customary land.
Seven groups are interested and then involved in this initiative. Each of them represents a hamlet. By managing the garden, the community in each hamlet is expected to have free access to food in a self-sufficient way.
To support the initiative, IDEP assists them on how to manage a permaculture-based garden. The assistance, that will be provided until 31 August 2020, includes garden assessment and recommendation, distribution of garden kit and supplies, short training, planting supervision, monitoring and evaluation.
Since May, the communities have developed the garden and made progress. They have planted vegetables and seasoning plants that they need. As of now, they are waiting for their first harvest time.