Ulu (ooh-loo): Malay term used to denote the wildness and remoteness of a place, with connotations of backwardness.

INTO THE ULU is a blog of a journey in permaculture, farming, and homesteading.

Thomas Lim


Thomas’ interest in farming and permaculture stems from a belief that they can solve many of the global issues and crisis in humanity we are witnessing today. He wants to farm in a way that creates abundance without depleting natural resources like the soil, water, fossil fuel, and biodiversity. There are so many complex problems to be solved but he believes that, like Bill Mollison says, “the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

Thomas has been farming in tropical Asia since 2011, starting from the outskirts of Hong Kong close to the Chinese border, to within the mountains in rural Southeast Asia, to rooftops in downtown Singapore. He is a certified Permaculture Designer and an ISA Certified Arborist®. Before all of this, Thomas studied finance and economics in New York before working in the finance industry for 5 years in Hong Kong.

Thomas practices permaculture at Ulu Permaculture, a permaculture and farming consultancy based in Malaysia and Singapore. He is also a Natural Movement trainer at Human Naturally and one of the few beekeepers in Singapore.

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“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution