Hi Lex, thank you for doing this interview. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello! Thanks for having me. My name is Lex, and I run a micro permaculture farm. Permaculture is a type of farming that is centered on using and/or imitating natural ecosystems. I have always been very interested in nature, animals and plants alike, so it’s kind of my dream job.
Share with us the backstory of what motivated you to start Future Farmer?
This farm was started last year before the COVID pandemic. During the MCO, I realize that many people, young and old, do not know where their food comes from. We tend to take food production for granted because in this modern age, you can just go to any supermarket and just buy what you need. I feel it is important and also a responsibility that we should educate the younger generation while teaching them valuable life skills.
Where’s Future Farmer located and who could join Future Farmer?
The Farm is located at Kota Kemuning. Currently we are accepting children ages 9 – 12. We’re also planning to create programs for teenagers as well.
What skills and activities would the kids learn and do on the farm?
Farming comes in two main categories, soil and soil-less, both types utilize STEM knowledge. For starters, we try to instil interest and confidence by teaching kids to grow their own food in 7 days. After that, we offer workshops where one can learn biology through soil farming, or even utilizing engineering and physics to design a simple aquaponics system.
How can the lessons kids learn from Future Farmer be applied outside of the program?
Compared to a classroom where you are just taught in theory, at the farm you learn how to apply many scientific principles in real life scenarios. On the other hand, farming is something that is organic and dynamic. There are no shortcuts or cheats. Thanks to digital technology, our younger generation have very short attention spans and are insistent on fast/instant gratification. Farming teaches patience, discipline, critical thinking, and reconnects your child back to nature.
Why do you think it is important for younger people to be exposed to agriculture?
Agriculture was the key development in the rise of human civilization. Even now agriculture remains the backbone of growth for many developing countries. With human population only rising every year, food production is very important in growing a nation.
The younger generation nowadays have little to no interest in this field. Before the opportunity is lost, we should pass down the knowledge to the next generation so they can continue bringing our nation forward.
We want to thank you again for the interview. For parents who might be interested to learn more about Future Farmer, where can they contact you?
You can visit https://generasimarikh.com/future-farmer/ or contact 0122097132 (Chief) for more details.