Organic farming for long-term sustainability

A large part of the Hospitality School and Maringi Sumba campus is dedicated to the growth and maintenance of our permaculture farm. The produce is served in Maringi’s restaurant and in Makan Dulu.

On the farm, we teach students the key ethics of permaculture: Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Which are in line with our aim to respect the “Conservation” C of responsible tourism.

EARTH CARE

PEOPLE CARE

PEOPLE CARE

Close-up from our garden

What is permaculture?

Permaculture (permanent agriculture) was originally coined in Australia in the late seventies by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison. Bill Mollison defines it as “a philosophy of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of considering plants and animals in all their functions rather than treating each area as a one-product system.”

To understand the fundamentals of permaculture, it is important to recognise that all decisions are rooted in three ethics: earth care, people care, and fair share.

Permaculture is a complete change of lifestyle, a change of approach that ensures our habits and practises work with and benefit the planet, rather than just taking from it and polluting it. It is a strict system in terms of ethics, but it is surprisingly open in its approach. Whatever is good for how we treat people and our planet has its place in the practise. This makes it ideal to introduce in all the home villages of our students.

What is permaculture?

Permaculture (permanent agriculture) was originally coined in Australia in the late seventies by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison. Bill Mollison defines it as “a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.”

To understand the very basics of permaculture, it’s important to recognize that all decisions are rooted in three ethics: earth care, people care, and fair share.

Permaculture is a complete shift in lifestyle– a change of approach that ensures that our habits and practices are working in cooperation with, and benefit to, the planet rather than merely taking from and polluting it. It’s a rigid system in terms of ethics, but it’s surprisingly open in its approach. Whatever works well for taking care of people and our planet has a place within the practice. This makes it ideal to introduce to all the home villages of our students.

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Our Projects

School

Today we are proud to successfully run two independent educational projects on Sumba: a hotel school and a training restaurant.

Farm

At the farm, we teach students new organic farming methods with long-term sustainability in mind.

Maringi

As a real-life study environment for our 60 Hotel School students, we opened a small resort with a big heart: Maringi Sumba.

Makan Dulu

Training restaurant Makan Dulu is a magical real-life study environment where dreams come true for our 20 students.

Environmental

We aim to raise environmental awareness with students, tourists, and local communities.

Community

Everything we do on Sumba is for and with the local community. We love the people of Sumba and we care for their needs.