We observed that after cashew season was over (it lasts just three months), there was little that could grow and provide income for the poor farmers of the area who survive on subsistence agriculture. So, we did what we do best, and found a solution to the fickle dry season of East Bali. After testing several resilient high-value crops to find the ones that would grow well in the arid environment and provide farmers with another source of income outside of cashew season, rosella, sorghum and ginger emerged.
Village Drying Centers
After being harvested, cashews easily rot while waiting to be being transported for drying, so we decided to do something about it. We introduced 8 Village Drying Centers so that our farmers’ cashews can be dried on site and stored for longer, so that pests don’t get to them.
This basic step has further empowered the farmer families of Desa Ban to become involved in quality management, raising their yearly incomes by 30 percent.
Cashew Seedling Project
Many cashew trees in Bali are old, dying and far past their most productive days. To combat the Farmers' declining yields, we are rejuvenating the landscape with the Cashew Seedling Project.
We are generating better strains of cashew trees to replace the less productive, old cashew trees from the 1980's. We do this by buying the old trees from farmers and exchanging them for new ones.
Bali Highlands Organic
We have our own pig and chicken farm that provides us with meat and dairy. This farm is run by Bali Highlands Organik, a side project of our founder Aaron, and produces free-range, antiobiotic-free pork and chicken. They work with local farmers, providing the feed, pigs, and vets. The farmers provide the land and the time to care for the pigs. We run this project to support the local community, because pig farming provides a great alternative source of income for farmers that does not rely on weather conditions like plant harvest does.