Organic farming for long-term sustainability

A large part of the Hotel School campus and Maringi Resort is dedicated to the growth and maintenance of our sustainable and organic farm which is based on the principles of permaculture. Its produce is served at Maringi’s restaurant and at Makan Dulu.

At the farm, we teach students new organic farming methods with long-term sustainability in mind. Besides increasing local knowledge about responsible agriculture, and providing our restaurants with fresh produce, we are able to offer our students healthy and balanced meals.

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.

Stories that inspire

Enjoy inspiring stories of beautiful Sumba, our activities, and our charming students as our blog takes you behind the scenes of Sumba, the foundation, and our social projects Maringi and Makan Dulu.

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Creating partnerships for sustainability The Sumba Hospitality Foundation is all about sustainability and community service. In that spirit, our students recently joined forces with other groups and businesses near Kawona Beach. SHF students collaborated with Bakti Luhur Vocational School, the Sumba Tour Guide Association, and Sinar Tambolaka Hotel to restore this local attraction to…

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The Wai Humba Festival is an annual, traditional festival of Sumba that aims to protect the environment, especially the water sources of the island. The main basis of the Wai Hulba Festival is a reflection of Hinduism. This festival is not a tourist festival but a space for the consolidation of the culture of the people

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We are proud to be able to count the best of the best among our preferred partners. Most have welcomed our students for several years in a row and are employing alumni as we speak. A loyal partner from the very start has been Nihi Sumba. They employ our alumni and they have our students

Our Projects


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


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


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.


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


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