About Us

Green Acres is a 16-acre orchard in Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia. It has been kept chemical-free since it was farmed more than 60 years ago. Signature to the farm are its sustainably built ecolodges, fully restored from dilapidated Malay kampong (village) houses.

Located 250 metres above sea level, it has its own pure spring water source and a stream running through the land. With a myriad of mature fruit trees to feed on, a good supply of clean spring water and semi solar powered ecolodges, we would say Green Acres provide a low carbon footprint travel experience.

Durian Season

Balik Pulau, the rural and rustic area southwest of Penang island is a reputed durian connoisseur's paradise. Green Acres is home to 450 matured durian trees with over 35 different durian cultivars to taste from. Older trees, between 80-100 years old, bear fruits which are exquisite in taste, like aged wine. 

Durian season at our farm occurs once a year, between May to August. During the durian season, we offer a tour of the farm and durian tasting. Those who book either the main lodge or the treehouse with us during the durian season get a better feel of what it is like to actually live in a fruit orchard with durians falling all around them. And if their ears are up to it, they can get a long version of why we should live a more sustainable lifestyle, starting with the most basic of all needs - providing safe food for the family.

Normal Season

At other times in the year (non-durian season), the farm is open for private orchard and fruit tasting tours where the owners share their knowledge and experience in fruit farming, organic composting, sustainable homes and Balik Pulau orchards. Besides durian trees, the farm grows more than 20 types of non-seasonal fruit and spice trees, some of which are heirloom species of more than 50 years. 

Be assured that durian trees produce no smell, and durian flower blooms (between March - April) smell quite opposite from the durian fruit - the flower blooms are pleasantly fragrant and sweet smelling.


Farmstays

Green Acres offer farm stays - in traditional lodges and a treehouse that are spacious and airy, with full length windows and open balconies overlooking breathtaking views of the hills beyond. A fresh spring water dipping pool complete with darting fish inside is located adjacent to the lodge for guests staying at the main lodge. Guests can also stay in a rustic treehouse and be completely surrounded by our orchard trees.

 

Farm Keepers 

The owners of Green Acres Orchard and Ecolodge, Kim and Eric Chong, are active members of the Slow Food International movement founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1986. Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. It strives to encourage farming, seed planting and livestock characteristic of the local ecosystem to provide sustainable foods.

In 2014, as a family, they were invited to participate in the Terra Madre Slow Food Festival in Torino, Italy in conjunction with the United Nation's Year of International Farming Families. Green Acres exhibited their farm's heirloom species of nutmegs and cloves under Slow Food's Ark Of Taste showcase in the festival.

Green Acres is built on dreams of giving the couple's son, Adric, a safer, healthier and more experiential learning environment in a working farm. 

A visit to Green Acres takes you a step back to memory lane reconnecting with our roots and practical lifestyle of our forefathers. Every farm visit made a family affair, Eric does the talking - sharing with guests the experience of sustainable farming first hand while walking the orchard. Kim does the preparation - preparing tasting sessions, farm brews and setting everything up to ensure a memorable experience. Adric, our son, is the entertainer - takes the children around with his bag of surprises (the magic seed, egg hunting in the chicken coop and fish feeding).

New sibling in the farm is Ciku, our beagle, born in June 2019. Ciku has brown, black and white hair, colours resembling the ciku fruit. She is our companion dog at the farm, after Sally, our 10-year-old beagle and the farm's much loved mascot, passed away peacefully on 15 March 2019. 

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