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Glenmore Plantation

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A half day tour of the area surrounding Kalibaru can be a surprisingly interesting and beautiful way to lose some time and learn a thing or two while you are at it.





The expanse of land between the volcanoes and the southern coast of Java is rich and fertile and during Indonesia’s colonial period vast swathes of land were turned into mostly European-owned plantations. During Sukarno’s rule in the late 1950’s, Dutch “assets” including many of these vast plantations were nationalised and handed over to Indonesians. Today many have changed hands a few times, sometimes once again passing into foreign ownership, but what hasn’t changed is the soil’s amazing fertility—stick something, almost anything, in the soil here and it will grow.

Bang bang bang bang bang bang. Photo taken in or around Glenmore Plantation, Kalibaru, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Bang bang bang bang bang bang. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Kalibaru and neighbouring to the east Glenmore receive considerable rainfall, sufficient to allow for three rice harvests per year and vast plantations feed off of this, running large rubber, cacao and coffee (arabica and robusta) harvests along with spice gardens and other cash crops. While visiting such a plantation may not sound like the most fascinating undertaking since sliced bread, we found a half day tour of the surrounding area to be a particularly enjoyable way to spend half a day.

Our first stop was at a strip of metal workshops (it is more interesting than it sounds!) where kitchenware—everything from woks to ovens to ashtrays are beaten into shape by a series of families who migrated to Kalibaru from Madura (a medium-sized island just to the east of Surabaya). We were told all the workers—from the women tending the street side shops through to the guys beating the hell out of sheet metal came ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Glenmore Plantation
12km east of Kalibaru

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