We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hotlin Ompusunggu is one of seven candidates shortlisted for the Whitley Gold Award 2011 (an accolade often described as wildlife conservation’s nearest match for a Nobel Prize). As a result, Hotlin has been invited to London next month for the final stage of judging and to meet HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) at the awards ceremony. For more information about the award visit www.whitleyaward.org and stay tuned.
Not long ago, Health In Harmony and ASRI founder Dr. Kinari Webb, was joined where she sat in the shade, admiring the forests of Gunung Palung National Park. A man approached, sat down, and sighed in satisfaction.
"That's my rice field," he said.
Last week was full-up with organic farm training. Part of that was going out to the farms that the participants started after the last training. The participants all immediately adopted organic methods after the last training, and...the gardens are huge! There are so many vegetables being grown! And people are now really making money. They all say that organic fertilizer is not only cheaper but also more effective: their vegetables are growing much better than they used to. In one garden, the price of the ingredients for the organic fertilizer was $1 for 600 plants; previously they would have paid $26 for chemical fertilizer for a result that they say was not as good.
Guest blog by Jessica Crawford
Having heard wonders about ASRI since beginning medical school at Yale in 2006, I am now delighted to be the first American medical student to participate in ASRI on the ground in Sukadana and other small villages around Gunung Palung National Park. Here are some of my reflections from an incredible six weeks in Indonesia.