Nurkholis was a Batch 9 student from East Java in 2010. He was 22 when he first come to TLF. He was then a young man with nothing to do and no purpose in life. He wandered the streets as a wild motorcycle racer, getting drunk and taking drugs.
Merlin Melicang, 22, is a hungry man- not for food, but for knowledge. To him, learning never ends at The Learning Farm (TLF) and he wants to learn from everyone, from the staff to his juniors in the basic farming course.
The learning process for batch 25 (period 28 March - 24 June 2016) is going very well. Even though one student withdrew by the second week due to his father passing away, we are confident that the remaining 37 students will complete the course to their fullest potential.
The Learning Farm is all about our wonderful volunteers. Lyn, a psychosocial volunteer, will also help us identify the concerns that the students have when they graduate from TLF. This will assist us in planning a smooth reintegration process with their communities upon graduation.
The Learning Farm is striving to improve the quality of our program. In the long run we'd like to implement a fully-integrated farming system fully. We want the students to understand that the technique we are teaching them is not the only form of organic farming. Recently we have introduced another way of making compost which is called vermicomposting.