Visible Farmer Episode 4: THE ACCIDENTAL FARMER / Ketut Bassett, organic farmer, Carnarvon WA

Visible Farmer Episode 4: THE ACCIDENTAL FARMER / Ketut Bassett, organic farmer, Carnarvon WA


Hi, I’m Ketut Bassett. A biodynamic organic farmer.We grow more than 20 types of tropical fruitand I truly love what I do.– Very clever. –– I can’t do that. –I grew up in Bali doing rice with my family.– You have to teach me how to do a cart-wheel. –As a young girl, no, I never,I never ever thought I’d be a farmer.When I was young, I wanted to have my own business,three kids and a big car. That’s all I know.I think agriculture is a good field for womenbecause everybody has to eat.You know, it doesn’t matter what your position in life,doesn’t matter how much your wealth or what you don’t have,you need to eat.And agriculture is part of living.Initially my husband and I boughtthis plantation together and we worked heretogether for six years.And he’d do generally most of the stuffand I’m on a supporting role.I suddenly became the main operator,take over the plantation,since my husband Wes chose to go back to his career.– It’s alright. I carry it like this. –– Oh you doing it on your head. –So it’s by default I became the farmer.Before he went away I didn’t know how to drivea cherry picker, because I was never taught to.I didn’t know how to drive a tractor.And so I had to learn about that very quickly.Here we have Black Sapote,other people call it chocolate pudding fruit.The texture is like chocolate mousse,just unbelievably smooth and the taste is amazing.That’s what I like to eat when I’m busy.Just eat on the spot.In the beginning it was very hard.I didn’t know how I’m going to cope but then I just stepped up.I make a mistake while he’s away and I just fix it.So I grew to love it. I enjoy doing it.I always knew I have a lot of ability.I just haven’t got a chance.I haven’t got opportunity to show my abilities.The main challenge for me at the momentis running the business and bring up the kids.We have three kids,two teenagers and Kira, a little girl.They are very challenging individuals.I educate them a lot about what we’re doing.I think business is very important for everyone to learnbecause it’s actually,it’s actually about your creativity.So I found my job with my kidsit’s the highest up there.– Try some of this. –– You totally missed this one. –– Not very many strawberries yet. –I think it’s good for my daughter to see what I’m doing.She thinks I’m very smart.She thinks I can do so many things.It is good for her to know that I’m not relyingon anyone and everybody is capable to achievewhatever they want to achieve.– Oh you know what,you can take the Lebanese cucumber as well, look at that. –If my kids are happy, then everything else is happy.So that’s really important.I think a woman runs a business a lot different than men do,more caring.Farming. It’s like children.You know, women give primary care for their childrenand I apply it exactly the same to my plants,to my environment.If I plant a seed,I make sure I nurture that seed,to turn into a proper seedling and then growinto a proper plant, and look after it every day.The things that I love most about the job is the variety of it.And I’m learning constantly every single dayabout the plants, about your environment,about the harvest, about the market as well.So I never ever get bored.I have to run the whole business,either be in the office, the customer service,dealing with tax as well,day to day invoicing or checking the banks.I have to do everything basically.So my everyday life is very productive andthat’s how I like it. I like being a farmer.I enjoy it.– Lights, sunlight, I love the sun. –One thing I really would like to do is to goto Shaolin Temple and learn kung fu.And stay there for a few months and justmeditate and learn kung fu.That’s the only thing I want to do.

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