by Mariane Khoo

GParks Ranger Field Trip – A Day on the Farm

27th July 2019 (Saturday) – EcoKnights and Gamuda Land’s collaborative GParks Rangers programme wrapped up Phase 1 with a field trip to Frangipani Natural Farm, an integrated organic farm located in Gombak. 44 rangers and their parents joined the half-day activity from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., where they learnt about sustainable agriculture through a morning of fun-filled and educational activities.

Rangers and parents warmed up for the day trying their hand at bamboo cooking, an Orang Asli method of cooking using bamboo as the cooking medium over a fire. Participants then got a tour of the farm, during which they were introduced to the various components that make up an integrated farm system. Integrated farming involves combining different types of farming into an interconnected system, in order to reduce waste and pollution while improving productivity. Through seeing and experiencing the farm first-hand, participants will hopefully be more aware of their food source and production, and the need for a more sustainable food system.

The young rangers became young farmers for a short peanut planting session in the crop fields, after which they braved touching live black soldier fly larvae to feed the farm ducks. The next activity was a relaxing under-the-tree session to cool everyone down – flower crown making! Parents and children bonded over the activity while resting under a 100+ year old tree and conversing with one another amidst the farm breeze.

The day continued with the “Farm Explorer” activity for rangers – working in teams of “ducks”, “cows”, “goats” and “chickens”, they conquered four stations of fun farm-themed games: a scavenger hunt, animal charades, puzzle-solving, and a tongue twister challenge. The final activity of the day was a short educational workshop on black soldier fly composting – how to turn kitchen waste and food scraps into organic fertilizer with the use of black soldier fly larvae, which are very efficient at speeding up the composting process through biodegradation. Each ranger got to bring home their own mini composting “prototype”, which will hopefully initiate this and other green-living practices at home.

The event was concluded with lunch, packed in reusable containers. Overall, the reception towards this event, from registration to actual event day, was extremely enthusiastic, which is a very encouraging and heart-warming day for us at EcoKnights. Through such an event and our GPR programme, we hope to instil an eco-conscious mindset within the younger generation from a young age. If you are a parent interested in engaging your child in similar workshops, then head on over to www.gparksranger.com and register them as rangers for free today! You will receive exclusive invitations to free eco-workshops, activities and field trips every month. If not, just follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates!

Flower crown-making under the 100+ year old tree

The rangers were engaging and worked together in puzzle-solving during the Farm Explorer session

The rangers learning about black soldier fly composting from the EcoKnights team

The flying lemur mascot, Lugo, joining the rangers for a photo session on the farm

All of the rangers and their photos took a group photo after a fun-filled day on the farm