Activities

You don’t need to wander very far from the main house to become a farmer, pick your way around our “lawn,” munch like a goat for a bit, or get down and bring home dinner.

 

For the most part, we like to keep activities on the farm simple, tasteful, and slow going. Relaxing, slowing down to appreciate good food, participating in it’s creation, or just savoring its flavors and the healthful effects a gigantic pile of organic greens can have on your disposition, can take up a generous portion of your time.  You will find the edible landscape encroaching ever more into the common areas about the main house, and this is done intentionally to make it easier for you to get involved with the fantastic flavors of nature. However, there are a few additional activities you can take part in, some of which are free, some of which do require addiional costs.  To avoid confusion, we have placed a hopefully comprehensive list of these below:

Activity

Cost/per person, tree, or parcel

Farm tour & Veggie pick for all Rp 50.000
Mixed Veggie Basket, picked for you Rp 75.000 small/Rp 100.000 large
Citaman Waterfall Tour Rp 50.000
Amateur glimpses/instruction of how we cook 0(eventually we will have cooking classes, but we take education seriously)
Wandering, Reading, Picking@Imah Gede 0 (but don’t smash the seedlings, please)
Portibi Breadmaking Course 150.000/per session
Tree planting/sponsorship Rp 200.000, uncludes outlive you guarantee
Whitewater rafting By reservation, depends on group size, trip time
Summitting Overnight Adventure Per custom arrangement
Lido Lakes Golf Call 0888.90888.50, that’s not on the farm
Philosophy injected w/Quality Coffee/Tea, during Breakfast, Teatimes 0
Coffee/Tea, if ordered while we’re busy cooking 250.000

If you would like to get your hands dirty while on the farm, we do offer customized gardening classes, and we shall be partnering with our restaurant clients in Jakarta to offer cooking class weekends periodically.

Neighboring the farm is a chain of waterfalls, 8 in all, that run up the side of the Mount Salak.  The lowest of these, Citaman, is about an hours semi rigorous hike from the farm, and from there the possibilities increase in level of difficulty, up to the peak, a 4 to 6 hour blast up 1500 meters of vertical gain, for those who truly enjoy testing their mettle.  Using local guides, we’re thinking of organizing it into an overnight hike, in order to get a bit more time(and sun) on the peak.  If you’re interested, let us know.

The reward for your hour of hiking up the mountain and through the forest(which is also quite enjoyable, on its own).

 

The Citaman waterfall is actually the first of a string of 8 winding up the side of Mount Salak, though its pool is one of the best natural swimming holes we’ve seen.

 

 

Families and speed freaks can find trips to suit them on the Citarik river, including trips that float you all the way out to the sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those looking to get out and about with a touch more adrenaline, about an hour South of the farm, in the direction of Pelabuhan Ratu and the many beautiful beaches along Java’s Southern coast, Arus Liar provides a wide variety of rafting and “outbound” activities along the Citarik river.  Trips can range from class 2 to 4 levels of difficulty, and we’d be happy to help arrange the appropriate level of adrenaline and relaxation for you.

 

Abah and Ma, still at work for the long haul worldview.

We see ourselves, actually, as a bridge to a most magical living place, located just around the mountain, but best accessed through Pelabuhan Ratu.  The kingdom/kesepuhan Cipta Gelar is a truly special place, a compilation of 55,000 souls who have lived largely autonomous for the past 640 years, protecting and living off of the forests of Mount Halimun.   A fantastic matrix of accepting modernity, while staying true to the roots of their culture, their main house is an philosophical inspiration for ours, their craftsmen wove and installed most of our double thatch roofs, all members of the kesepuhan are required to cultivate rice-and take part in the numerous lovely mountain parties that accompany this process-but none are allowed to sell it.  Everyone eats well on this mountain, and the forest regrows around them. Their king is at once a tech head and a master of ancient theology, if you enjoy your time on the farm, and would like to further your journeys into the mountains of West Java, there is no place I can recommend to you more.

Oh, and there is also golf nearby, for those who are into that.  A nice course, in fact, with fantastic weekday specials, though unfortunately, no edible fairways.  Fore!