Karch Pkar Demonstration Farm
Cambodia, SE Asia
can be seen in the left foreground with the new Pond bunding in the background. The bio-digester and its first shelter for the slurry pit are to the bunds right. A toilet and Cow Bank feed the digester.
Initial pool is under the shelter in back. To its left is the shelter with a raised compost area for monsoon piles and such. Rice husks are a primary ingredient. Foreground is mixing area for various materials.
around vegetable garden. Banana, lemongrass, papaya, eggplant, chili, flowers, some herbs. This is only part of the extensive system for the farm's main water source, well next to bath enclosure.
Ockenden is a Cambodian NGO working with land-based communities, both Khmer and tribal. They work with community forestry, village level projects with food, disaster preparedness and infrastructure, farmer trainings with local trainers, and has a Permaculture demonstration farm with a cow bank . In all of their work they look to incorporate permaculture for a higher level of project successes.
To develop an alternative.
PDI Lead Designer Rico Zook started working with Ockenden with a variety of trainings. He soon assisted in the development of their Permaculture demonstration Farm (Katch Pkar), as well as some general consultation about implementing permaculture on various levels.
This is ongoing collaboration that Rico will continue for many years with more trainings and project work.