The farm hosts thousands of fruit trees such as jack fruit, star fruit, rose apple, guava, plus sugar cane and tapioca. Cow protection is a major function of the farm and their lives are protected until their natural death. The Hari Krisha Movement, who own and run the farm with about a dozen workers believe that cows and bulls are the mother and father of humanity. The farmland also provides care homes for the elderly.
The farm also hosts volunteers from all over the world who, like me, can come and help the workers for a few hours each day in return for food and accommodation. With me at the moment are Arnold from Toronto, Canada, who I`m sharing a room with, Arneud from Switzerland, Joeri from Belgium, Mel from Canada and Sarah from Leicester.
They`re a great bunch of guys and even though they`re all much younger than me I think we all share the same attitude to life and so get along just fine. Although accommodation is basic it`s comfortable and life on the farm really is like living the dream. Today, Sunday, the guys went trekking in the jungle but I needed to catch up with my writing and video editing so I stayed here at base with the girls, one of whom made a delicious vegetarian chocolate cake ...in the rice cooker in our bungalow. We have a communal canteen which we share with the farm workers and all the locals I`ve met are really friendly and easy to get on with. Even tho the food is vegetarian, it`s plentiful and very tasty. Ideal if you`re fond of spicy foods like me.
My work will be mainly working on the production of video`s to promote the farm and to promote other work done by Iskcon Malaysia. (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) and I`m very much looking forward to a helicopter trip soon to get aerial video footage of the farm and other Iskcon sites thoughout Malaysia.