Business degree students from the DISTED Green Team 2 recently organised an industrial visit to the Baba Organic Farm as part of their community service project. The visit to Malaysia’s first ‘Organic Farm’ qualified under the Department of Agriculture’s Malaysian Organic Scheme (SOM – Skim Organik Malaysia) was a real eye-opener for many of the students.
Upon arrival at Kean Beng Lee Industries (M) Sdn, excitement was written all over the students’ faces as they were shown a video presentation and participated in a brief exercise routine. The staff of the organic farm then delivered a lecture on the importance of organic farming and a healthy diet with vegetables.
Split into two groups, the students were taken on a tour around the organic farm area and the natural zone.
At the organic farm, besides hands-on activities like seeding and removing weeds, students learned about the intricate details of crop rotation and crop sustaining methods with strict limits in fertilizer and pesticide use.
Chua Yan Min, currently pursuing the BA (Hons) International Business Management, explained that Baba Organic Farm is managed by a team of environmentally conscious individuals who strive for a greener Mother Earth. “We were advised to consume more vegetables, specifically the organic varieties, and less meat to achieve a healthier well-being,” he added.
His fellow coursemate concurred with him, “It was a wonderful experience for me to participate in this green initiative as children living in cities no longer have the chance to see and be involved in farming activities. I have gained extra knowledge in farming and will now support organic vegetables as the farmers here have put in a lot of effort to ensure the conservation of mother nature and for the benefit of our health.
At the natural zone, students were guided through different stations around the area. These stations were kept at varying temperatures and humidity levels meant for different purposes. The zone was left in its original state without changing or removing anything, as fallen trees slowly decomposing away can be seen on site.
Lim Kim Sim, pursuing the BA (Hons) in Business Management spoke of his experience after taking part in a short meditation exercise, “When we closed our eyes, I could ‘smell’ greenery and felt so peaceful. There was this amazing sound of birds singing in the air, and you could literally listen to the sound of crickets and insects. Unfortunately, we could also hear the noises of trucks and the traffic, and it brought us back to the reality that we are living in a modernised city. Humans need to realise that deforestation brings destruction and harm to the ecosystem, and it’s time to start using recycled products.”
“It was a great opportunity for us to explore the organic farm and experience the hard work of a farmer. Through the visit, I realised that education plays an importance role in protecting mother nature and it benefits students to discover more about the natural environment,” said Mot Yao Zhang, BA (Hons) in Marketing Management student.
Lim Eong Chyng, pursuing the BA (Hons) in Business Management added, “It was indeed a thoroughly enjoyable visit and I definitely learned more about organic farming. I look forward to going on more excursions like these in the upcoming projects by DISTED students.” The visit ended with a light vegetarian lunch provided by Baba Organic Farm and a question & answer session.