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Pk Jai
Pak Jai
General Manager

Born 1967, Pak Jai manages Vila Botani from day to day, including personnel, finances, security, maintenance, and reception of guests. Has held this job since 2006. Originally from Bandung, where he finished high school, he has long lived in the village of Sukatani in Sukabumi regency. He is married with 4 children. Pak Jai connects to the internet but does not speak English. He is at Vila Botani daily except Thursdays and Fridays.

His story: “I enjoy working at Vila Botani because of the fresh air. This work has also given me the opportunity to acquaint myself with people from various backgrounds in Indonesia and even with foreigners with various manners and temperaments so that I have learned much about human character. It has also been a pleasure to learn more about organic farming, medicinal herbs and native tree species and to share this knowledge with visitors, including school kids and students.”

Pk Oting
Pak Oting
Deputy General Manager &
Manager of the Arboretum

Born 1965, Pak Oting has managed the arboretum since his arrival at Vila Botani in 2007. He has an elementary school education and comes from Sukatani village in Sukabumi Regency. He is married with one child. Upon his arrival at Vila Botani he was already familiar with more than 50 species of endemic trees from his own wanderings on the southern slopes of Mt. Salak above Sukatani in search of useful plants and animals. At Vila Botani he has learned to identify all of the 240 species in the arboretum. He is proud of having planted so many species, nearly all of which now thrive.

Pk Haji Agus, petani di Vila Botani
Pak Haji Agus
Organic farmer

Pak Haji Agus from Cipanas Regency was born in 1963 and long grew vegetables there. Pak Haji came to Vila Botani in 2007 and began to work on the organic farm. He was trained at Vila Botani in organic methods until 2012, after which he began work as an independent organic sharecropper.

Pk Acep, yg urus kebun obat di Vila Botani.
Pak Acep
Manager Herbal Garden
& Compost Unit

Born 1967, from Tajurhalang village, Pak Acep has worked much of his life on the Vila Botani property or its immediate vicinity so he is our main source for the oral history of the period before 2006.