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IVY Experimental Farm
IVY Experimental Farm
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in the countryside, Svay Rieng, KH
Climate zone:
Wet/Dry Tropical

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IVY Experimental Farm

Project Type

Rural, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Development of small experimental farm using permaculture. farm is for experimentation, demonstration and education.

Project Description

In 2010 IVY contacted me to run an introduction permaculture course for some of the farmers they are working with. While there we decided to extend our working relationship to include consultation and work on their experimental farm in Svay Rieng Provence, Cambodia. A major challenge for these farmers, as it is for much of Cambodia, is the annual flooding which makes anything but rice production problematic. So with the approach of making the problem the solution we have begun excavating channels in a few of the paddies (rice fields).  The larger paddy will have the traditional rice/fish/duck combination, while the smaller 2 have been converted to a chinampas style system. Currently we are focusing our energy on one of these chinampas with strategies to create a higher central bed on the peninsulas. One we did with a modified sheet mulching process that made a half metre raised bed. This bed has the added benefit of being very fertile, which is critical as the soil is highly leached. In India this type of bed was able to grow veggies for 18 months before needing rebuilding. On another peninsula we built up the center with soil and added organic material. The result is a peninsula with 3 terraces; one shallow water for taro, morning glory, etc.; a mid level that is for perennials such as banana, pineapple, drumstick tree, etc.; while the central high terrace will be for vegetable production, with the banana and other trees providing a structure for protecting the veggies from the heavy monsoon rains and harsh summer sun. It is a very exciting and informative process that will continue for several years.

Also on site is an orchard that we are hoping to convert to a jungle garden. This is a major challenge as the soil is exposed, depleted and hard. The trees reflect this with each one infested with pests. This was great for the last training, which was all about Integrated Pest Management and making bio-preparations.  The following is a link to an archive of videos of my work in Cambodia, including this project. http://www.permacultureplanet.com/video_archives_people.html  

After this course we harvested all the grass growth from the channels and built a large compost pile.

We have created a working design from which to work. This design includes the above elements as well as plans for cross-fencing, a nursery, chickens, fish, ducks, and pigs. i’ll be working with this group for the coming years to help implement this plan and educate their farmers.

the pin on map is exactly on the farm.


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