A community garden is a plot of land gardened by a group of people. Gardening with a group of people, friends and family is a fun escape from your computer monitor, it reduces stress, give us the opportunity for a workout, and you learn to grow organic fruits and vegetables!
Overview of Jiwa Community Garden
Jiwa community garden is the latest community garden located in Canggu, this garden was founded in October 2020. This March, we had the opportunity to talk with the Co-Founder of Jiwa Community Garden, Krishna Chieppa, about his motivation and goals for Jiwa. Krishna is very passionate about sustainability, a green business entrepreneur, whose family owns Serenity Eco Guesthouse, believes the future of Bali is in sustainable tourism. Krishna also started Compost Heroes (organic waste pickup service) in June 2020 as Bali is in a landfill waste crisis.
His motivation is to preserve the Tri Hita Karana philosophy: the connections between humans with a higher being, humans to humans, and humans to nature. As for the meaning behind the garden’s name, it is to honor the late landowner, I Made Jiwa.
Jiwa Community Garden will set an example of how unused land can be turned into a fully functional composting facility, productive organic gardens, and a learning center for Permaculture gardening practices, all under one roof.
The current program is a garden session every first and third Saturday of the month at 3pm. Currently, Jiwa has 80+ stakeholders who volunteer, sponsor or participate. You can also join for a little gardening outside the garden sessions every Monday-Friday from 8 am-3 pm.
The next project is to build a Permaculture gardening school and co-working space café. Open to public and offering local prices to ensure both locals and expats feel welcome.
The Struggle and Joy
There are always two sides of a coin, and Krishna explained that the struggles that he and his team face is to spread awareness about sustainable living and how much more profitable and joyful it is compared to conventional living. Fundraising is one such struggle as many people don’t understand yet about sustainability, and need an example. “In the end the best part of running a community is not doing it alone, meeting good friends and making connections, while learning to grow fresh healthy food”-Krishna.
Jiwa community garden is a place to gather, garden, and learn. If you are in Bali and want to get involved in all of the above, “get your dose of dirt!” during our garden sessions at the Jiwa Community Garden. Contact Krishna for details (+62-812-3935-1842).