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24 Things to do at ZENXIN ORGANIC PARK

Zenxin Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Farms aren’t just for kids but also for adults too. As we grew older, we tend to forget how our food sources come about and how plants are the primary source of food. And as humans, we forgot what it is like to eat fresh food plucked from the garden.  

This June, I decided to head back to the farm to learn more about how vegetables are grown and how it is challenging today for farmers to practise sustainable farming. It is like a journey back to understanding the roots of how our food gets cooked, plated and served onto our dining table.   

Zenxin Organic Park

There are many farms in Singapore but I wanted to learn about organic farming run by the bigger operators in exporting organic fruits and vegetables. The one that is nearest to our shores is none other than Zenxin Organic Park which is located right in Kluang, Johor which is about 2 hours of bus ride from Singapore. This is an organically-certified farm in Malaysia which has undergone stringent certification checks from National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA).  

I decided to bring my parents along who happens to love fruits and vegetables like I do and I was pretty sure that they would enjoy this trip to the farm. They sure did!  

Getting To Zenxin Organic Park

It wasn’t too difficult to get there as we requested for the bus driver to stop over at Zenxin Organic Park for us to alight. He kindly agreed so.   

Prior to this, we bought our bus tickets for $20 each from The One Travel & Tours and took the 7.30am bus to Kluang on a weekday. We arrived at the Zenxin Organic Park at about 9.20 am.  

Zenxin Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Thankfully, the weather was good and it wasn’t raining. While we were there, we discovered that there were so many things that got us all engaged. If it can entice me as an adult, I am sure it would be more exciting for the kids who truly need to learn and appreciate about farming and how our food sources come about.  

So, if you are heading there to Zenxin Organic Park, here are 24 things you can do!

24 Things You can Do at Zenxin Organic Park

(Warning: This is a super lengthy post but with loads of ‘juicy’ photos included!)

Zenxin Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

1. Taste freshly-brewed Organic Mulberry Tea 

Zenxin Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

The friendly staff at the park will welcome you with this freshly-brewed organic mulberry tea upon entering the park. It is made from the leaves of the mulberry plant which are rich in Vitamins B2, C, and K, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. It also relieves cold, coughs and throat infections. A great health-boosting tea for the ones recovering from a cold or flu.  

Zenxin Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Our farm tour starts with this video briefing where we got to know how Zenxin organic farm has started. They actually started as a company that produces organic fertilisers but they eventually decided to use their own fertilizers for planting instead. And that’s how the farm was born!  

Zenxin Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

These are the 3 different types of fertilisers they used for sustainable farming.  

2. Create EM Mudballs 

Zenxin Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Any idea what mud balls are for?

Zenxin Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming Mudball

These mud balls are not just any mud balls. They are called EM mud balls which stand for the effective microorganism. These mud balls consist of a mixture of dirt (mud, soil .etc) and bokashi  organic matter fermented with effective microorganism). Some of these EM includes lactic acid bacteria and photosynthetic bacteria.

They are allowed to ferment before leaving aside to be dried. Then, they are tossed into water bodies where it could help purify the water and remove deposits of sludge and slime.

Zenxin Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

3. Visit Zenxin Dragon Fruit Farm

Dragon Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Do you know that dragonfruit is from the cactus family? It has such thick and succulent stems.

Dragon Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Is the flower wilting? It’s just a beginning for something exciting to come. The plant is about to bear fruits!

If you think about it, it’s pretty much similar to our circumstances in life. Just when you think that the worst is yet to come, something fruitful comes out of it. We just need to have faith that something great is about to come.

Dragon Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

One of their organic farming methods is to wrap fruits with plastic bags as a way to prevent insects from eating the fruits. Such manual work can be very tedious which is also the reason why organic produce is usually more expensive.

Dragon Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

4. Visit Zenxin Mulberry farm

Mulberry Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Raw vegans like to use mulberries was a sweeter in place of dates. It’s certainly not as sweet as dates but it is a great source of vitamin C and other antioxidants.

Mulberry Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Its fruits aren’t just the ones that are beneficial towards our bodies. Even the leaves of the mulberry plant have health-boosting properties of healing cold and minor illnesses.

Mulberry Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

How to tell if the mulberry is ripe? When they turned really dark…almost like blackberries.

Mulberry Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

5. Run along and take beautiful shots of the mulberry field

Mulberry Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

This farm is massive. I couldn’t really see the parameters of the farm unless I am standing on a higher ground. If you want to experience that what is it like to roam about in large open fields, here’s a great place to do it and to take a photogenic shot under the blue blue sky. It will definitely make a great photo shoot location especially with the neat rows of mulberry trees.

Mulberry Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Climb up the stairs and get a bird’s eye view of the whole farm!

Mulberry Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

6. Find the 40-day banana

Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

A typical banana plant takes about 90 days for the fruit to ripen and mature but the 40-day bananas take only 40 days to ripen. They are usually much smaller in size than regular bananas due to their quick maturation period but they taste really sweet and creamy.

7. Taste the smallest cucumber in the world.

Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

I told you that these cucumbers are the smallest in the world. It’s called the creeping cucumber.They are so minute that you can’t see them in the photo! Its tendrils will cling onto something else for support. Their fruits tasted very juicy despite its tiny size.

8. Visit the herb garden

Herb Garden Zenxin Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Their herb garden is extensive and most of the herbs grown there have medicinal benefits.

Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming
Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

This is quite an interesting flower. If you use your imagination a little, you can see 6 birds perching in a circle on the flower. Cute, right?

Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

9. Make a loofa body sponge for yourself

Loofah Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Prior to this farm visit, I actually had no clue what loofah is made out of. I only came to realise that this popular body scrub, which is sold at body spa shops like The Body Shop, is actually a fruit of the plant called luffa. I was truly amazed by how the fruit itself looks like an exfoliating sponge when the skin is peeled away. Guys, this is how fantastic nature is. I really do believe that there are a lot more secrets to be discovered about plants.

Loofah Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

When the fruit is ripe, the skin will turn dark brown and that’s when you can peel off the skin and what you see is this long cylindrical luffa fruit with seeds embedded right inside. Once you remove the seeds, you can leave the scrub out to dry under the sun. And once all the moisture is removed, it will turn stiff and hard. Only then, you can transfer it to your bathroom and scrub your way to a smoother and healthier skin.

Zenxin Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

10. Take a selfie with a scarecrow

Zenxin Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming Scarecrow

Hey, I mean it’s very rare to see a scarecrow in Singapore. It’s harmless and it scares crows away. Maybe we should station scarecrows at school canteens and carparks?

11. Harvesting your favourite herbs and bring it home!

Zenxin Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Yes! You are able to bring back some fresh organic produce harvests from their herb garden. We brought back some ladyfingers, sweet Thai basil leaves, siam basil, mint, dill, and lettuce.

Zenxin Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

I haven’t really seen a basil flower and the flower itself carries the same basil scent too.

Zenxin Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

This feathery plant, dill, is commonly found in salads.   

Zenxin Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

There were some fruit trees too. Look at how beautiful this papaya is!

Blue Pea Flower Fruit Farm Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Have you seen this blue butterfly pea flower? It’s often used as a food colouring for its brilliant blue colour. Natural blue food dyes are rare so I also took a couple of these flowers back.

12. Interact with their pets and meet FLUFFY!

Pets Area Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Kids will love this! There are ducks, chickens, rabbits and much more. I manage to cradle fluffy in my arms. Check that out in my Youtube video!

13. Explore around the farm on a bike

Zenxin Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

You could rent these bikes to tour around the farm by yourself if you just wanted to be a little more adventurous. I would say that the terrain is pretty okay for riders and it is not too dangerous as there weren’t many steep slopes.

Zenxin Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

14. Buy a terrarium of a mini dragonfruit plant 

Zenxin Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

You will find a whole lot of activities to be done here at their Horti Plant centre where they sell plants, seeds, and cute terrariums.

Zenxin Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

15.  Catch lightning speed fishes!

Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

This is the most challenging activity amongst all because all the fishes were so tiny and they swam super fast. This really tests your patience and where how persistent you are.

Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

  We were given each a pail and a net to catch as many fishes as we can. Once you catch the fishes, you will release them back into the waters.    

16. Knock for fun! – Create your own flower prints

Flower Print Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

This activity would entice any ladies. It’s a little like the flower and leaves printing except that you use a hammer to whack it hard till the organic matter leaves an imprint on both sides of the white cloth.

Flower Print Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming
Flower Print Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

A great stress reliever to release all the tension while knocking!

Flower Print Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Almost done!

Flower Print Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

It’s lovely, right?  

17. Play archery

Archery Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

  I didn’t get to try out this activity but I would think that the kids and some adults would find this engaging. Let’s just say that my aiming skills aren’t that fantastic.

18. Feed the fishes with ‘fish milk’

Fish feeding Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

This idea of placing soaked fish food balls in milk bottle is quite innovative. Once the fish food has softened in the water, you just shake up the bottle and it produces this suspension of fish food particles mixed with water. It’s just like mixing milk powder with hot water in a milk bottle.

Once you are reading, place the bottle close to the surface and watch how all the fishes dive for the bottle. It’s a more intimate way of feeding the fishes because you can feel their movement in the water.

Fish feeding Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

All these activities are indeed very kid-friendly!

Fish Feeding Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

19. Plant a seedling and bring it home!

Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

    Lastly but not least, you can bring home a mini potted plant to grow. However, they would give us seaweed instead of soil as the soil might not get through the customs.

These seaweeds is similar to cotton wool which absorbs water and helps plants to stay rooted.

Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

We would fill up our mini pots with some seaweed and then transfer the young seeding into our mini pots.

Seedling Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Once the transplantation is done, stuff more seaweed and it’s good to be brought home!

Seedling Horti Plant Centre Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

20.Make your own curry puff

Curry Puff Cooking Class Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

I thought it’s quite a random activity to be making curry puff within the farm but it turns out to be quite fun as I have not make curry puffs before. In addition, these are not made out of potatoes but sweet potatoes!

Curry Puff Cooking Class Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

The trickiest part is to fold the edges of the curry puff to create these beautiful pleats along the sides of the puffs.

Curry Puff Cooking Class Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming
Curry Puff Cooking Class Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

We get to eat our own curry puffs which we made!

Curry Puff Cooking Class Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

It turns out to be some tasty and crunchy on the outside.

Curry Puff Cooking Class Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

21. Taste fresh red dragonfruit juice and mulberry juice 

Red Dragonfruit Juice Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

You can taste some of the freshest juiciest here like mulberry juice and dragonfruit juice. I personally like the dragonfruit juice a lot.   

22. Have steamboat at the Chef Garden restaurant

Chef Garden Restaurant Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Whenever you drop by a farm, you must have a meal there because the ingredients they used are always the freshest and each dishes ends up really delicious.

That’s vegetarian rojak with organic vegetables like cucumber.

Zenxin Chef Garden Restaurant Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

This steamboat is for 2 people but I have to say that they are very generous with their portions!

Zenxin Chef Garden Restaurant Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

We also tried the mulberry tea.

Zenxin Chef Garden Restaurant Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

The fried rice is the bomb because it is so fragrant and appetizing. This is my favourite dish on the table itself!

Chef Garden Restaurant Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Broccoli balls, anyone? These are very delicious golden potato broccoli balls too.

Zenxin Chef Garden Restaurant Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

What a spread! 

Zenxin Chef Garden Restaurant Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

  We also had desserts but I didn’t quite like the taste of this pumpkin purée. Besides, we were all so full from the sumptuous meal!   Not only the food served here is fresh and delicious but it’s also very affordable too.     

23. Shop for organic produce at Zenxin organic store

Zenxin  Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

Last but not least, it’s a visit to Zenxin farm mart! I was already eyeing on their organic red dragon fruits which I use them in my smoothies.

They even sell their own organic brand of dry products called Simply Natural. They sell interesting products like quinoa pasta, chia seed noodles and etc.

Zenxin Farm Mart Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

24. Visit Kluang Bat Town

Kluang Bat Town Organic Park Kluang Malaysia Organic Farming

By the time we toured the whole park and complete all the activities, it was already 3 pm. If you still have some energy left at this point, you should make a short tour around Kluang town. It’s worth the trip to explore this part of Malaysia. Read more about it here.

My Heartfelt thoughts

Through this trip, I also finally got to understand the challenges faced by organic farms. To grow fruits and vegetables organically, they have to face counter unexpected external problems like bad weather. Sometimes the rainwater can kill their crops. Furthermore, organically grown vegetables don’t always look 100% perfect. When organic vegetables are exported and packaged, a lot of the so-called ugly leaves and fruits are taken away because we as consumers pick only vegetables that do not have any defects on them.

Having that said, I believe that organic farms still need our support to drive the demand and supply up so that we can all enjoy the true goodness of nature. We should also dispell our misconception of ugly vegetables with holes means unclean or rotten vegetables. In fact, such organically grown vegetables are safe for consumption. I guess we just need to tweak our consumers’ mindset a little and support this way of sustainable farming which will benefit our environment and health as a whole.

Watch this video for all the highlights of this Zenxin Organic Park trip below!

Anyway if you love nature and eating greens, you will most certainly enjoy yourselves.

Zenxin Organic Park

Jalan Batu Pahat 86000

Kluang  Johor, Malaysia  

The organic park opens daily from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.  

A travel and lifestyle blogger based in Singapore.

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