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人，在身体健康的时候总会觉得偶尔为之没啥大不了，大伙儿都这么吃喝、如此熬夜，哪会那么容易 (不幸轮到自个儿) 患病？身旁许多关心健康的朋友总会如此告诫，「能吃是福，可也要顾着身体啊！」家家户户的饮食习惯不尽相同，除了生活习性有所谓的「原生家庭」理论外，我想，饮食习惯亦然。若非家族里有癌患或重症病患，一般亚洲家庭的饮食习惯仍旧以料多味足为主轴，民以食为天，谁又忍受餐餐维持如此清淡的口味呢？
“To eat is bliss”; but to eat healthily is to live better. Sadly, we have become a nation which indulges in excess of foods and in particular, those that are deeply harmful to our body. Food for thought that’s worth exploring indeed, given the severity of the issue as we tend to keep going until we get ill. To keep rising lifestyle disorders at bay, maybe it is time to use real food as medicine and not just something to function our body?
去年，当大人首次踏足这片位于新山金笆花园的土地时，FOLO福乐曾向我们提及台湾法裔加拿大籍的现代有机农夫 Pierre Loisel (中文名为刘力学) 如何利用被一般人视为污秽之物的厨余变成有机堆肥，及食用经过农耕后的自家有机蔬菜让身患乳癌的太太痊愈的事迹。月前，在这场由他们所主办的癌患食疗分享会上，大人终于有幸与这位在台湾有机农耕界赫赫有名的 Pierre 面对面。
It was during our visit to FOLO last year which let us into the story of 73-year-old French-Canadian Pierre Loisel, who has become a hero of sorts in Taiwan for turning food waste into compost to grow organic vegetables, which he used to feed and heal his cancer-stricken wife. Since then, Pierre has been teaching people to make compost and we had the pleasure to finally meet this former computer whiz as he took us, as well as a group from the Breast Cancer Support Group (BCSG JB) on a trip down memory lane, sharing his own experiences about how he saved his beloved wife from breast cancer, and telling the tale of how he started out in Taiwan and how he turned his dream into reality.
We are what we eat!
Pierre 的分享其实并无太多艰深难懂的理论，「You are what you eat.」一句极其简单却又让大人我当头棒喝。细细回想，这其实与FOLO福乐的使命与愿景相呼应，以健康的蔬菜和微生物滋养身体、心灵，并为社区创建空间和活动，特别是小孩和健康欠佳者，藉着农场与食物和所爱的人重新缔结联系。
A firm believer of “you are what you eat,” Pierre the farmer described his organic farming method as “revolutionary agriculture,” and urged people to eat good food to stay healthy. Come to think about it, the guys at FOLO are also practising the same preach. Apart from doing it for their kids and the health of their loved ones, they believed it is also the right thing to do. Today, our modern diet has become more and more intolerable to our natural state of being, where many illnesses and diseases in the body are coming from what we eat and our general lifestyle, and making ill choices in what food we eat means that our immune system will be weak and we are more susceptible to the bugs that may be around. According to Pierre, eating a sensible diet which has variety can and will support us to absorb the nutrients (ammunition) that we need and increase our resilience (defence) against infection and live a longer and healthier life. Simple but wise words indeed for the man who has seen it and done it all!
【大人小分享】於2015年3月成军的FOLO福乐 (Feed Our Loved Ones 的缩写) 是个由6户家庭所组成的社区有机菜园，位处金芭住宅区的顶峰，眼前所见的再循环木制建筑 《巧坊》实为FOLO福乐的多元活动交流中心，可供教学访问团体或会员在此进行群组活动或举办课程，大人获知部分癌症患者也会结伴到此询问社区里的黄德隆医生与团队有关食疗的资料。FOLO福乐支持癌症社区通过提供专业和社区性活动，为患癌者和家人带来情绪支持、教育与希望，这些活动是不需要收费的，因为他们相信没有人应该独自面对癌症。欲获知更多有关FOLO福乐的详情，可详阅：不识福乐真面目，只因身在此园中 Growing forward, Feed Our Loved Ones (FOLO) from the ground up!
For the uninitiated, FOLO was founded in March 2015 and run by six families on a mission to feed the world nutritionally power packed, bio-nutrient rich vegetables. Coupled this with a wild dream to have an events space for student group activities, learning sessions, host members, maybe an area beautiful enough to be a pop-up cafe when needed, FOLO Cafe (Qiao-Fang) was made possible and named after Mrs Ng, who stepped in along with other generous donors to push it to completion. Constructed mainly from recycled wood, this multi-purpose events space cum café is now home to multiple cooking lessons, private workshops and regular medical consultations by resident Dr Lemuel Ng while serving as a community centre for the cancer-stricken and their families members in need of counselling and support. For more information on FOLO, check out: 不识福乐真面目，只因身在此园中 Growing forward, Feed Our Loved Ones (FOLO) from the ground up!
Eat like a rabbit, chew like a cow
会上，Pierre 以投影片的方式分享了其於台湾的有机农场 － 临海农场里那硕大青翠的有机蔬菜，比起咱们一般所见大上好几倍！「台湾的虫怕老外。」一秒打破隔阂真是 Pierre 的专长！
那么一天该吃多少有机蔬菜才算拥有足够的体内子弹呢？「8份一手能抓起的蔬菜。」而且得生吃！就像 Pierre 所说，「eat like a rabbit, chew like a cow!」
In the event you do wonder if the grass is really “greener” on the other side, the answer is a resounding YES, not because of the seemingly rich applications of pesticides, but rather Pierre‘s vegetables have grown and developed defensive capabilities against bugs from his compost that are high in nutrients for plants..
Pierre’s vegetables sell for up to ten times the price of produce in the country, and about twice that of organic vegetables grown by other farmers. If you think his vegetables are expensive, wait till you see a doctor!
Today, he sells his Pierre Organic vegetables only to those who have been diagnosed with cancer. For more information, take a virtual trip to his farm at: www.pierreorganic.com or FOLlOw him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PierreOrganic
Vegetable can CURE us, not kill us!
「书到用时方恨少，事非经过不知难。」这句话用在失去健康之时同样令人唏嘘，当身体没有足够的子弹抵抗外敌时，才需要使用化疗来杀敌啊！正如 Pierre 所言，「Vegetable can cure you, not kill you.」眼前这位年逾七旬、谈吐幽默开朗的台湾女婿，谈起当初曾患乳癌的妻子因得进行化疗抗癌历程，仍可感受其当初煎熬的心情。由于不忍妻子持续受化疗后的疲累之苦，因而费心打造如同看电影吃爆米花的氛围，让妻子不知不觉轻松完成了每日8份的自家有机蔬菜进食量，两周后的化验结果出乎预料理想，「若我当初更早获知有机蔬菜的疗效，就不会贸然让她进行化疗了。」
FOLO福乐的开荒者奇瑞与伙伴们的家人在有机农场尚未开启之初也曾饱受疾病之苦，在获知厨余能成为有机堆肥后，他们决定亲自飞台拜访这位台湾有机农夫，当初 Pierre 的无私分享让他们获益匪浅，本是工程师与医生的他们，如今各自在此全职或兼职分工献力、分担风险，积极推动有机菜园的发展，目前他们共拥有3个能够供应100户家庭蔬菜的农场。
Having discovered his wife’s breast cancer was already in the second stage, which required surgery and chemical therapy with double the regular dose, her survival was in question which led to a very powerful motivation for Pierre to go ahead with his organic farm he had just started. About two weeks later, his wife would find a big bowl of salad (about 600g) on the dining table in front of the TV every night after getting home. She would watch a nice movie, and chew on the salad (as if they were popcorns) for about one hour and finishing it off. (Not) surprisingly, her appetite and sleep came back very soon, and the nurses at Veteran Hospital were so astonished that she was coming for the shots like a rabbit, jumping all over the place that they all came to visit the farm. Today Pierre and his wife, who is cancer-free and has been for years and in perfect health with no effects at all from a very strong chemical therapy, continue to live an organic vegetarian life.
Incidentally, Will and his fellow founders also noticed that their family and friends were plagued with health problems, which they believed are caused by the food they ate. A chanced encounter with their sifu, Ah Lek, with his know-how on organic farming, plus a trip to Taiwan to learn composting from techie-turned-farmer guru Pierre, they started FOLO, which now comprises 3 farms (Kempas, Ban Foo and Kukup) that are able to feed the veggie needs of 100 families, and growing…
With over 5,475,000,000 kgs of food waste heading to Malaysia’s landfills every year. FOLO is merely composting 0.02% of it now. 1,600,000 kgs of food waste, that’s how much food waste FOLO have composted over the past one and a half years, i.e. with ONE lorry, ONE driver, 365 days a year, rain or shine. Imagine what they could do with more resources?
1,600,000 Kgs of Food waste. That's how much food waste we have composted over the past 1.5 years. That is with ONE…
Vote for a better future
今年，FOLO福乐成为了首支代表马来西亚入选成为举世闻名的 Chivas Venture 非凡社会初创企业总决赛的单位之一，为期五周的投票期 (5月8日至6月12日) 如今进入了最后一周，主办单位将从总奖金100万美金里先拨出25万美金让大众票选，余下的75万美金的企业发展基金将於洛杉矶总决赛 (7月13日) 当晚由评审委员根据单位汇报与现场作答来作出最终的决定！亲爱的各位，别吝惜给予支持，请点击 www.chivas.com/en-my/the-venture/finalists/people/my-folo-farms 一起为FOLO福乐投下神圣的一票！祝福你们！
FOLO is currently in week 5 of the five-week (8 May to 12 June 2017) public voting portion of The Chivas Venture, which awards an annual US$ 1mil fund to start-ups dedicated to creating a better future, all over the world. How the remaining US$ 750,000 will be split depends on the July 13 finals, to be held in Los Angeles, where Will will make his final pitch to a panel of judges, in front of a live audience!
Having come a long way two years ago with a mission to grow nutritionally power-packed, bionutrient-rich vegetables to Feed Our Loved Ones, FOLO has found a way for every community to have access to nutritious, organic food free from pesticides and chemicals and to heal our soil for a healthier Earth. The chance has also come to make Malaysia an organic farming nation and help other countries to do the same, and winning the Chivas Venture will enable FOLO to grow from a farm into a national and international movement. In the meantime, let’s show our support by clicking on the link (www.chivas.com/en-my/the-venture/finalists/people/my-folo-farms) to vote, where we will be prompted to sign into our Facebook account. Cast our vote and then click on “CONFIRM VOTE” to register the vote. Otherwise, the vote will not be counted! : (
Make sure you also see a confirmation message that says “You’ve voted“.
Everyone at FOLO, including yours truly and the world will thank you. With the sheer determination and Will power (pun intended), we have no doubt a better future is in the making and in the safe hands of these homegrown farmers, right in the heart of JB!
Over to you now, Will. All the best at the grand finals in Los Angeles this coming July!
As we sow, so shall we reap. This is best exemplified by Pierre and FOLO as they literally farm their hearts out just so that the dream of inspiring an urban farm movement across the country can come true. Imagine every single “taman” having our own composting project and community farm, with zero waste and zero pesticides, surely we can grow food that brings the community together and build a new and sustainable economy based on high-value organic produce. After all, “what goes around comes around” is a notion that has been doing the rounds for years. If we do good thing to others, then good things will happen to us, and our future generations in return.
FOLO Organic Farm
Address: Lot 3583, Jalan Bukit Kempas 4/4, Skudai Johor Bahru 81200
Open Hours: Every Saturday (11am – 3pm)
Contact: +6012-7721229 / +6012-3558828 / +6012-7995673 / +65 91055617.