Posts Tagged ‘coconut harvest’

At Jiwa Damai we are using a special way to place our coconut shells around the base of our plants. Since we are producing our coconut oil form our own coconut trees , the shells are available and we are using them for several purposes.

During the rainy season they can collect some of the water with their inner softer hairy material thus allowing to keep some water away form the plants.


The second reason is to have them soak up the water we are distributing in the dry season  around the fields. They will hold the water longer for the plants to feed .


Last but not least when they decompose they will make an excellent nutrition to be added to the soil. On some plants we are just setting them directly around the root of the plants.



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When I arrived at Jiwa Damai as an intern, I had to organize the production of the Coconut House.  A very interesting and exciting project that I enjoyed doing with the help of Margret and Libby.


Entrance of the Coconut House on a sunny morning. The whole procedure takes place in this small building.

The production begins with Nyoman and Ketut opening  the coconuts in the tropical garden.The coconut meat is extracted before being transformed in flakes with a grinder.


Nyoman and Ketut are opening the coconuts which were just harvested from the trees.

Inside, in a green atmosphere, fruits are drying while the filtering process of oil is done by hand.


The green roof of the coconut house immerses the room in a green light.

Empty jars and glass bottles are ready to package the delicious virgin coconut oil.


Production, packaging and labeling are carefully organized

You can use it on your skin or for cooking. It is a really healthy food with lots of benefits. I had the pleasure to enjoy it in the delicious Balinese meals that are prepared by Made. Finished products are then nicely put together in the small shop of Jiwa Damai and other outlets.



Clara, our intern, in the small sales area of Jiwa Damai with the organic products.

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Do you know how our coconuts are being harvested?

Bringing down the nuts is not an easy task!
Only few local men know how to climb the coconut tress and harvest the nuts. I’ve seen them climbing up the high trees, sometimes up to 30 m, without a rope, without a safety net, just the machete in the back of the pant, … a little monkey.

Made Sueca is a real acrobat. He is climbing to the top of coconut tree just with his bare feet and hands. It’s impressive !

Made Sueca climbing a coconut tree

His work is to clean the trees – cut the leaves and harvest the coconuts.

When he finally made it to the top, when he reached the crown of the tree,  he is simply ‘sitting’ there, supposedly very comfortable, cutting off the nuts with his machete.

For me it is amazing how a person can climb up a tree like this and then, without effort ‘sit’ there for minutes until all the coconuts and dead leaves are cut off.
What an incredible strenght is needed for this kind of work! Respect.

Made Sueca est d’une agilité déconcertante. Il grimpe dans les cocotiers à 30 mètres de haut et à l’aide de ses bras et ses jambes, il se retrouve au sommet en moins de deux minutes. C’est impressionnant !

Son travail consiste à élaguer les arbres, en coupant les feuilles un peu trop encombrantes. Et bien sûr à cueillir les noix de coco.

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