Take a Tour of Green Acres Eco Farm in Malaysia

Co-owner Eric Chong at work on the Green Acres Eco Farm
Co-owner Eric Chong at work on the Green Acres Eco Farm | © Natasha Lee / Culture Trip
The slow food movement is becoming ever more popular, and Green Acres Eco Farm is pioneering the practice in Malaysia. Photographer Natasha Lee visited the farm’s owners Eric and Kim Chong to see how their sustainable venture works.

Green Acres Eco Farm is set in 16 acres (6.5 hectares) of rolling countryside, in Balik Pilau, Malaysia. Chemical-free since the 1960s, the farm is a haven for those seeking the strong-smelling delicacy, durian fruit. Central to the farm’s ethos are its semi-solar-powered eco lodges that welcome guests, allowing them to become part of their sustainable way of life.

Eric Chong tends to the chicken coop © Natasha Lee / Culture Trip
The hens lay a daily batch of eggs for the farm © Natasha Lee / Culture Trip
The chickens roam free outside the coop in sections of land that is partitioned according to which areas need to be fertilised, a practice Eric picked up during a visit to Australia © Natasha Lee / Culture Trip
Harvested nutmeg ready to be used at Green Acres © Natasha Lee / Culture Trip
We continue walking and Eric stops occasionally to pick herbs that grow around the farm. He is passionate about growing what the land and climate is conducive to and not trying to force what isn’t.
Green Acres Eco Farm
Eric stops occasionally to collect produce from around the farm. He is passionate about growing what the land and climate are conducive to © Natasha Lee / Culture TripTending to the farm is a full-time job © Natasha Lee / Culture TripEric casts his expert eye over the crops © Natasha Lee / Culture Trip
Guests staying at Green Acres are treated to sweeping views of the mountains and durian trees that surround the main house © Natasha Lee / Culture Trip