My name is Erin Scarr and I visited Natsir during Ramadan about a year ago. As soon as I arrived I felt warmly welcomed and safe in his family’s care.
My memory of my stay with Natsir is working in the garden with him as he taught me how to harvest cacao and coffee beans. The gentle nature in which he treats his plants is the same way he treated me, with love and care. Natsir was honest with me about his ostracization from his community due to his use of sustainable farming techniques. He plants not for profit through mono cropping, as many of his neighbours do, but through a varied crop of fruit and vegetables that feed and support his family. The plant knowledge that Natsir shared with me, and his tireless work ethic continues to inspire me to this day. He is a man of many talents, a teacher, herbalist and comedian. I am so grateful to have met Natsir and stayed with him. I always send good thoughts across the world from Canada hoping that his project is successful because it is one step in changing the world, through community and sustainable gardening.