Ulu (ooh-loo): Malay term used to denote the remoteness of a place, with connotations of backwardness.
Permaculture is a term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978, but really founded way before that collectively by humanity, inspired by Nature. It is a way of designing your surroundings such that you work with, rather than against nature. It is about designing sustainable human settlements, and preserving and extending natural systems. While agriculture is a key part of it, permaculture also addresses natural building, appropriate technology, right livelihood, and even proposes an alternative global nation.
I am a student of life. My 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. I want 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 I believe that, like Bill Mollison says, “the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”
I have been farming in tropical Asia for a few years, 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. I now live on a land in Malaysia, trying to regenerate it into a food forest slowly.
I help people with their permaculture, natural farming, and agroforestry projects at Ulu Permaculture.
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