Serukam Farm 寻花探草


Maybe one day you will miss the peacefulness of nature or the feeling of the warm earth in your hands. Can you hear the rooster crowing? Today we are going to visit an organic farm. This is their home You can see they have still preserved the old building made from wood and corrugated iron even I didn’t live in a house like this when I was a child. My grandma used to live in a house like this My grandma used to live in a house like this This farm is named after this village Serukam S E R U K A M Even the locals might not know about this place. We had to travel on many small roads to get here Look at the many free range chickens! They are happy and free to roam here The chicken coop is handmade with wood and nails The chicken coop is handmade with wood and nails Everything is very simple, just like my grandparent’s time Everything is very simple, just like my grandparent’s time Here you really get the feeling of village life What are you doing this morning? Tomorrow we will sell vegetables so today we will harvest them Where are you going to sell the vegetables? Where are you going to sell the vegetables? In the local morning market In the local morning market So you prepare all these fresh vegetables early in the morning? Yes. Here you can see limes, long beans and lemongrass Do you also make this tea? Yes we make blue flower tea and cat’s whiskers tea Yes we make blue flower tea and cat’s whiskers tea What is this? They are marinated whole chillies Sometimes we make things like this from products we don’t sell in the market so nothing is wasted So you turn the fresh products into preserved products So you turn the fresh products into preserved products Organic vegetables Xin Tong is 28 She worked for a year after graduating university and then left Malaysia to travel the world She loves to be in nature After 5 years of traveling, she returned to Malaysia but wasn’t interested in a typical career. She took over the running of this farm from her uncle and became the youngest farmer here. Many of the farming methods she uses here she learned whilst traveling. Using these methods and her own creativity she turned this area of messy, unorganised land into the beautiful farm land it is now. At the beginning there were only a few lime trees and two ponds and they used a lot of chemical pesticides So in your uncle’s time they used pesticides? Yes they began to use them in the seventies What happened after you stopped using these chemicals? When we stopped completely a lot of the big trees died So they are not used to this natural way? The trees rely on the chemicals so without them they can’t survive but afterwards we planted new trees and these ones could survive without chemicals but afterwards we planted new trees and these ones could survive without chemicals The soil gradually became more fertile so many wild plants and herbs began to grow again The soil gradually became more fertile so many wild plants and herbs began to grow again This shows that the organic method is effective in growing things too This shows that the organic method is effective in growing things too This shows that the organic method is effective in growing things too I feel very comfortable on your farm So comfortable I want to roll up my pants and feel the breeze! I like the feeling of walking on the earth. Just like the children in the village! How big is this farm? It looks huge! Not very big, We have the fruit garden at the back, the two ponds here and the nursery and the vegetable patch over there and the nursery and the vegetable patch over there. This is the place where I give Thai massage. This is the place where I give Thai massage. Serukam farm is not far from Thailand The medicinal herbs grown here are linked to those used in Thailand Xin Tong grows, harvests and dries the local herbs Xin Tong grows, harvests and dries the local herbs in order to make the Thai style Luk Pra Kob for herbal massage in order to make the Thai style Luk Pra Kob for herbal massage Xin Tong is good at making Thai herbal medicine Xin Tong is good at making Thai herbal medicine People from the village will come to visit her if they feel unwell and will feel better after receiving the massage The secrets of health are in the herbs. This is tamarind, it helps to ease itching on the skin and is an antioxidant This is tamarind, it helps to ease itching on the skin and is an antioxidant Did you grow this in Malaysia or bring it from Thailand? Did you grow this in Malaysia or bring it from Thailand? This has been growing in Malaysia for a long time It’s called Asam Java in Malay. The fruit is brown It’s called Asam Java in Malay. The fruit is brown and people use it for cooking So you just use the leaf? Yes. You don’t use the stem because it is very sharp. If I use it in the massage ball it will poke people’s skin! If I use it in the massage ball it will poke people’s skin! This leaf closes at night and opens again in the morning This leaf closes at night and opens again in the morning This kind of plant is a nitrogen fixer This kind of plant is a nitrogen fixer it adds nitrogen to the soil it adds nitrogen to the soil They help to fix the soil and our bodies They help to fix the soil and our bodies They help to fix the soil and our bodies That’s why you put it in the massage ball? Yes After cutting off the tamarind leaves we need to cut up the mugwort we need to cut up the mugwort Mugwort is the main ingredient in the massage ball it helps with blood circulation Now we are going to cut up citronella It smells really good! Yes it has a good natural smell. People use it to make mosquito repellent Yes it has a good natural smell. People use it to make mosquito repellent Great so it will repel mosquitoes! Yes. It has a warming effect. It warms your abdomen and relaxes it so you can massage the pressure points and relaxes it so you can massage the pressure points So it helps to release stress? Yes Tamarind, citronella, mugwort, kaffir lime leaf Now we are going to grate ginger and kaffir lime leaves Now we are going to grate ginger and kaffir lime leaves by hand The grating is done by hand which helps soften the dry ginger The grating is done by hand which helps soften the dry ginger The grating is done by hand which helps soften the dry ginger These plants make the massage feel very nice This is the benefit of handmade products The farm is so big and Xin Tong is so small, I’m curious how she manages the whole farm! The farm is so big and Xin Tong is so small, I’m curious how she manages the whole farm! The farm is so big and Xin Tong is so small, I’m curious how she manages the whole farm! The passion she has for her work attracts volunteers from all over the world who come to help and learn from the farm The passion she has for her work attracts volunteers from all over the world who come to help and learn from the farm The passion she has for her work attracts volunteers from all over the world who come to help and learn from the farm The passion she has for her work attracts volunteers from all over the world who come to help and learn from the farm Volunteers work in exchange for staying at the farm and learning from Xin Tong’s methods Volunteers work in exchange for staying at the farm and learning from Xin Tong’s methods These are the herbs for the massage ball after they have been dried in the sun The colour is even more vibrant after absorbing the sunlight You feel good just by looking at the colour! Now we will make the herbal massage ball Now we will make the herbal massage ball 4 spoons of citronella, 4 spoons of tamarind 4 spoons of mugwort 3 spoons of ginger 3 spoons of turmeric 2 spoons of kaffir lime leaf and 2 spoons of kaffir lime zest What kind of questions do you ask the people that you treat with this herbal medicine? What kind of questions do you ask the people that you treat with this herbal medicine? What kind of questions do you ask the people that you treat with this herbal medicine? If it is their first time with the treatment then I use this standard herbal mixture If it is their first time with the treatment then I use this standard herbal mixture If it is their first time with the treatment then I use this standard herbal mixture If it is their first time with the treatment then I use this standard herbal mixture but if they have been before then I adjust the herbal mixture to their needs but if they have been before then I adjust the herbal mixture to their needs but if they have been before then I adjust the herbal mixture to their needs Add some salt Salt helps the herbal medicine to be absorbed by the body Salt helps the herbal medicine to be absorbed by the body Salt helps the herbal medicine to be absorbed by the body When the abdomen is soft I will begin to press the pressure points When the abdomen is soft I will begin to press the pressure points So this herbal ball is used at the beginning?Yes So this herbal ball is used at the beginning? Yes This ball relaxes the abdomen This ball relaxes the abdomen and then afterwards we will begin the massage Yes it’s to open the wind gate Yes it’s to open the wind gate For those with a sore neck and shoulders because of stress we add more of the kaffir lime leaf to the ball This leaf will make you feel more awake If you are bloated then turmeric can help If you are bloated then turmeric can help If you are constipated then ginger and turmeric can help If you are constipated then use ginger and turmeric If you are constipated then use ginger and turmeric because both can help expel the gas from your intestines because both can help expel the gas from your intestines I see, they can help with gas circulation. Yes Tamarind can help ease itchiness and inflammation Tamarind can help ease itchiness and inflammation So we put all of this together to make the massage ball? Yes So we put all of this together to make the massage ball? Yes Now we need to fold in the corners so they meet in the middle Now we need to fold in the corners so they meet in the middle Now we need to fold in the corners so they meet in the middle We use cotton because it is a breathable material and will not be too tight round the herbs We use cotton because it is a breathable material and will not be too tight round the herbs We use cotton because it is a breathable material and will not be too tight round the herbs We use cotton because it is a breathable material and will not be too tight round the herbs What made you want to learn about Thai medicine and massage? I have some Thai blood from my great grandmother who came to Malaysia from Thailand during WW2 I have some Thai blood from my great grandmother who came to Malaysia from Thailand during WW2 I have some Thai blood from my great grandmother who came to Malaysia from Thailand during WW2 I have some Thai blood from my great grandmother who came to Malaysia from Thailand during WW2 but now I don’t have any family in Thailand but now I don’t have any family in Thailand but now I don’t have any family in Thailand So you learned all this because of that? I am very interested in Thai massage and medicine so I went to Chiang Mai to learn more I am very interested in Thai massage and medicine so I went to Chiang Mai to learn more I am very interested in Thai massage and medicine so I went to Chiang Mai to learn more I found a teacher that I connected with very well and she was like a mother to me I found a teacher that I connected with very well and she was like a mother to me I found a teacher that I connected with very well and she was like a mother to me So it’s all of this that linked you and Thai medicine So it’s all of this that linked you and Thai medicine So it’s all of this that linked you to Thai medicine Steam for 20 minutes The hot ball is pressed directly onto the skin, it’s so hot it’s making me sweat The hot ball is pressed directly onto the skin, it’s so hot it’s making me sweat The hot ball is pressed directly onto the skin, it’s so hot it’s making me sweat The medicine is being infused into the skin and helping blood circulation It makes my skin smell very nice, I like it It makes my skin smell very nice, I like it The massage ball needs to be hot to allow the herbs to infuse into your skin The massage ball needs to be hot to allow the herbs to infuse into your skin The massage ball needs to be hot to allow the herbs to infuse into your skin I love it here! I love it here! Are we going to see where you grow the medicinal plants? Yes Are we going to see where you grow the medicinal plants? Yes I know this plant! It’s elderberry and the flowers are in bloom! I know this plant! It’s elderberry and the flowers are in bloom! In western countries they make tea with this flower In western countries they make tea with this flower In western countries they make tea with this flower It’s beautiful, it must look great in tea It can also be used to for a fever and to make cough medicine It can also be used to for a fever and to make cough medicine It can also be used to for a fever and to make cough medicine It can also be used to for a fever and to make cough medicine So you can make these berries into a drink that can help with fever? Yes So you can make these berries into a drink that can help with fever? Yes Orchard Orchard This is my orchard Many different plants! This is squash, that’s banana This is sour apple What are you going to show me? We are going to go find gelenggal, it grows along the river here We are going to go find gelenggal, it grows along the river here Gelenggal? Is this important to you? Gelenggal? Is this important to you? Gelenggal? Is this important to you? Yes, this is the plant. Ah! it’s not easy to spot It’s just a little plant that grows next to this small river, why is it important? It’s just a little plant that grows next to this small river, why is it important? This plant saved my life! Really?! How? You say it doesn’t look very special now but it looks very beautiful in bloom You say it doesn’t look very special now but it looks very beautiful in bloom The flower looks like a candle growing in the middle The flower looks like a candle growing in the middle Its not always small, it can grow to a big tree Its not always small, it can grow to a big tree Like this one! This tall one here? Yes This tall one here? Yes I’m still very curious how this saved your life I’m still very curious how this saved your life I used to have a lot of fungi growing on my hand and nothing could cure it I used to have a lot of fungi growing on my hand and nothing could cure it but then I cooked this leaf in water and used it to shower but then I cooked this leaf in water and used it to shower but then I cooked this leaf in water and used it to shower It didn’t heal 100% but it works very well We found a dog that had no hair and just bare skin We found a dog that had no hair and just bare skin so I used this medicine to wash the dog so I used this medicine to wash the dog and gradually the skin started to improve and the hair started to grow back and gradually the skin started to improve and the hair started to grow back and gradually the skin started to improve and the hair started to grow back This plant literally translates from Chinese to ‘opposite leaf plant’ because of the way the leaves grow on the stem This plant literally translates from Chinese to ‘opposite leaf plant’ because of the way the leaves grow on the stem This plant literally translates from Chinese to ‘opposite leaf plant’ because of the way the leaves grow on the stem Gelenggang can help with fungal infections, inflammation and a lot of skin problems Gelenggang can help with fungal infections, inflammation and a lot of skin problems That’s why it’s nickname is the ‘fungi king’ Before Xin became a farmer she studied electrical engineering Before Xin became a farmer she studied electrical engineering but now she works on her farm people say she doesn’t really use the knowledge anymore but now she works on her farm people say she doesn’t really use the knowledge anymore and has wasted the time spent at university She used the technical knowledge she has to build this complex structure She used the technical knowledge she has to build this complex structure These connected pentagons require a lot of calculation and skill to design These connected pentagons require a lot of calculation and skill to design These connected pentagons require a lot of calculation and skill to design People that doubted and criticised her have been proven wrong People that doubted and criticised her have been proven wrong Now Xin Tong is going to show me how to make the gelenggang cream Now Xin Tong is going to show me how to make the gelenggang cream Before we make the cream we need to first make coconut oil Yes we need it to make the cream Why don”t you just buy it? Because when you make it it’s better quality! First time I’ve opened a coconut. Be careful not to cut your hand! I’m nervous! Keep turning the coconut Nice! This is how you do it Do you use a machine to grate this? Here we use a traditional method, you should try it Here we use a traditional method, you should try it This one? Yes this one is an antique All households used to have this Coconut oil used to be the oil for the poor Poor people that didn’t have a machine used to use this to grate coconuts for oil Poor people that didn’t have a machine used to use this to grate coconuts for oil Poor people that didn’t have a machine used to use this to grate coconuts for oil It looks like the sand on the beach! It’s really hard work, did you have to do this when you were young? Yes it was used as a punishment! We would have to do 20 coconuts before we could finish, we were very afraid of this punishment We would have to do 20 coconuts before we could finish, we were very afraid of this punishment We put the coconut in this cotton cloth so we can squeeze out the coconut milk We put the coconut in this cotton cloth so we can squeeze out the coconut milk Yes You see its coming out You see its coming out Now we mix the coconut water with the milk Stir for 5 minutes 5 minutes to mix them together? Yes 5 minutes to mix them together? Yes Why don’t we just use machine to stir it? Stirring it with a machine will make bubbles which is not good for fermentation Stirring it with a machine will make bubbles which is not good for fermentation Stirring it with a machine will make bubbles which is not good for fermentation Stirring it with a machine will make bubbles which is not good for fermentation After fermenting for 2 days After fermenting for 2 days, the oil, water and coconut protein will separate After fermenting for 2 days, the oil, water and coconut protein will separate The oil is on the top as it is lighter This is the coconut protein Now we will cook the oil and the protein We need to scoop out the oil and the protein, avoiding the water We need to scoop out the oil and the protein, avoiding the water The protein has water in it so we need to cook to evaporate the water The protein has water in it so we need to cook to evaporate the water The protein has water in it so we need to cook to evaporate the water This is not an easy process Keep stirring until all the water is evaporated After cooking for 45 minutes the oil and the protein have finally separated After cooking for 45 minutes the oil and the protein have finally separated We need to scoop out the oil and the protein remains in the pan This is handmade oil, every drop is precious This is handmade oil, every drop is precious This is handmade oil, every drop is precious Good coconut oil is transparent with no yellow colour Good coconut oil is transparent with no yellow colour We work so hard just for a small bit of oil and now we still have to filter it! Why do you want to make your own oil? We work so hard just for a small bit of oil and now we still have to filter it! Why do you want to make your own oil? We work so hard just for a small bit of oil and now we still have to filter it! Why do you want to make your own oil? The coconut oil you buy is made in big quantities by machines The coconut oil you buy is made in big quantities by machines I make my own because we have coconut trees so nothing is wasted. I make my own because we have coconut trees so nothing is wasted. I also want to preserve the culture of making the oil so we don’t have to rely on machines I also want to preserve the culture of making the oil so we don’t have to rely on machines We have spent so much time to make the oil and we haven’t even started to make the cream yet! We have spent so much time to make the oil and we haven’t even started to make the cream yet! It’s a very long process! It’s a very long process! To make the cream we cook the gelenggal in the coconut oil we have just made To make the cream we cook the gelenggal in the coconut oil we have just made Yes, we have to cook it in the oil for a while Ah! It takes lots of time and energy! Ah! It takes lots of time and energy! We also add citronella. Ah! Citronella smells good! Yes Add 1 cup of gelenggal, 1 cup of citronella and 1 cup of oil Add 1 cup of gelenggal, 1 cup of citronella and 1 cup of oil Add 1 cup of gelenggal, 1 cup of citronella and 1 cup of oil Mix it all together and cook for 10 to 20 minutes Mix it all together and cook for 10 to 20 minutes Mix it all together and cook for 10 to 20 minutes Keep stirring for 20 minutes The colour of the herbs are coming out, the clear oil has turned green First you filter out the oil from the herbs add the oil into the pot and cook with beeswax Beeswax can help to solidify it and help with skin problems Beeswax can help to solidify it and help with skin problems You need to wait 5 to 10 minutes for it to solidify We usually sell this in the Saturday market We usually sell this in the Saturday market Independent market? Yes The older local people know what gelenggal is so when they hear the name they know its uses The older local people know what gelenggal is so when they hear the name they know its uses The older local people know what gelenggal is so when they hear the name they know its uses The older local people know what gelenggal is so when they hear the name they know its uses They are happy to see that this cream is still being made They are happy to see that this cream is still being made They are happy to see that this cream is still being made So everything from the herbs to the oil to the cream is made locally So everything from the herbs to the oil to the cream is made locally and local people buy this cream and spread the word and local people buy this cream and spread the word and local people buy this cream and spread the word So the plants and the people in the community are all connected So the plants and the people in the community are all connected So the plants and the people in the community are all connected When we began the farm here in Sungai petani there were almost no organic farmers When we began the farm here in Sungai petani there were almost no organic farmers When we began the farm here in Sungai petani there were almost no organic farmers Now organic farming is spreading. When you have good energy it will spread to others Now organic farming is spreading. When you have good energy it will spread to others Now organic farming is spreading. When you have good energy it will spread to others

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