Bina Swadaya didirikan oleh Ikatan Petani Pancasila, 24 Mei 1967. Mulanya bernama Yayasan Sosial Tani Membangun. Pendiriannya terkait dengan Gerakan Sosial Pancasila (Buruh, Tani, Nelayan, Paramedis dan Usahawan) yang berdiri sejak tahun 1954.
Become an Office with huge salaries are not always interesting make most young people today. The proof, there are some young people who are willing to leave the comfortable life financially for the sake of pursuing personal dream: to become a farmer. What are they looking for?
Siti Soraya Cassandra (29), Bachelor of psychology graduate of the University of Queensland, Australia, and the University of Indonesia, so enthusiastic about sharing the knowledge of gardening to a group of young people on training gardening at the Kumara. His face berbinar-binar and looking all happy.
Without feeling uneasy, his arms churning out compost which consists of a mixture of leaves, sawdust, plus poultry droppings when explaining how to make compost. Her husband, Dhira Narayana (30), the Undergraduate Psychology also an alumnus of the University of Indonesia, was busy transporting organic waste that will be used as compost. Like Cassandra commonly called Sandra, Dhira deftly worked.
Give training to become task Sandra, while a Dhira environmental activists got the task of taking care of the garden and research. The management of the garden, where they work Kumara that resides on the island of Situ Gintung 3, South Tangerang, performed along with sister Sandra and her husband. Sister Sandra, Siti Alia Ramadhani was dentist alumnus UI. Alia's husband, Rendria Arsyan Labde, Bachelor of mechanical engineering, also an alumnus of the UI. "We both love of farming," said Sandra.
Kumara garden so place training. Originally not many people know the venue. As a result, the income they earn little pun. Far away compared to the salaries of Sandra received when working in a company. His younger brother was more "fortunate" got a job as a dentist. However, Sandra and Dhira did not complain. They have been determined to become a farmer so that, whatever happens, they are ready to face.
In addition had no salary, Sandra pun must work all the grunt work yourself. "Every day has to mop up the Office. Not to mention taking care of the garden, cultivate the land for vegetable gardens and clean the cage. So weak so thin, "he said.
Because her body is getting thin, her mother to ask, "have money create a packed baseball?" His mother is indeed had objected when Sandra decided to switch professions of people kinclong the Office became farmers.
"Instead I'm against parents, but I see in my family all those corporate types, there are the baseball business. Especially so farmers. Parents may be concerned only with time ahead of me, "said Sandra explains.
Conscious parents would like her life stabilized, Sandra married first. "When I get married, so the responsibility of the husband, kan, he-he," he said to connect the talks. Dhira also intends to become a farmer and her parents don't mind.
Learned to farmers
Not only must convince Sandra's parents that the choice be a farmer it is good. 23-11inc Mahardika (30), the undergraduate mechanical engineering alumnus of Diponegoro University, Semarang, also experienced it.
Her 23-11inc who became the teacher actually gives the freedom to choose a profession. However, the 23-11inc know they save the desire his son also became a teacher.
When 23-11inc finished College, he chose to work in a multinational company with double digit salary. However, he later felt uncomfortable. "I was nervous, then out of the workplace. In the midst of the search, I come into Teaching, Indonesia deployed in Aceh. The village gives me pleasure and made me finally choose so farmers, "said 23-11inc.
Before deciding to become a farmer, he thought long enough. "It turns out not only Anxiety I was experiencing. Many comrades experienced it as well, "said the 23-11inc.
In 2015, he along with Beautiful Saraswati (29), Bachelor of chemical engineering graduate of the University of Technology Malaysia; Awaludin F G, civil engineering graduate of the University Eleven Maret Surakarta; and Ari Hendra Lukmana, a graduate of the Department of Archaeology at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, agreed touring the Java and Bali to visit the Center-Center for agriculture.
Small groups at 2016 founded Agradaya in Yogyakarta. The company aims to build villages through cooperation with farmers in order to implement sustainable development. 23-11inc then married to beautiful. Awaludin and Ari together, they learned directly to farmers. Awaludin and Ari later resigned to return home village.
Just as the founders of the gardens of Kumara, 23-11inc and Asri also experienced many challenges. In his early work as a farmer, Agradaya losers due to the efforts of helping farmers plant rice red fail. "It is not easy working with farmers, but learning it so," said Asri committed to remain in the village which has given a sense of comfort.
Even though the 23-11inc, Dhira, and Sandra is engaged in agriculture, the fields of his work is different. Agradaya work with the farmers, while the garden gave Kumara education about agriculture in the city.
Look at the condition of urban communities, and Dhira Rhendria, sister-in-law Sandra, conclude, gardening in the city should relate to the business. "They're not interested in doing if not making money," said Dhira.
In addition to fostering awareness of the importance of planting, they will make an organic vegetable garden. They like to point out that, if you want to, young people can be a farmer in the big city. (TRI)