I am munching on a loaf of walnut bread made this afternoon, while typing this entry. Tomorrow will be my last day at Yamana Garden, the past few days had been a fulfilling experience and provide me a lot of insights in both organic farming and organic way of living. My wwoofing at Yamana Garden was very last minute but Yama readily agreed to accept me when he heard I want to start wwoof the next day. I was really grateful and could tell that Yama was someone that is passionate and want to share his work with anyone that is interested.
My first impression of Yamana Garden- mixed feelings. I was amazed at the primitive living condition, at the same time, the city girl in me was dismayed and worried if I am able to live through the next few days. A normal day at Yamana Garden is to feed the two wild boars and clear weeds in the morning; clear the mud patch for the wild boars new living quarters; plants fruits saplings and vegetables; collect firewood for bread making and clear more areas for vegetables patch.
Yama believed and followed the permaculture way of living and it was really an eye opener for me. It is different from doing organic farming and eating organic food, because we do not use fertilizers to grow the vegetable and did nothing to kill the harmful insects; everything was done to take after the natural foliage. Besides learning to identify the different plants and handle the hoe and sickle, I had also made friend with 2 other wwoofers. Working and living with people with the same passion and interest made the experience more memorable. I know that I will miss this place when I am gone and will definitely come back for a longer stay if I have the chance.