Peace Place grows vegetables for use on site, including mustard greens, chilies, tomatoes, spinach, eggplant, pokak, moringa leaves, katu leaves, celery, and several herbs and spices (ginger, turmeric, galangal, and lemongrass). We also grow some traditional medicinal herbs: Noni, aloe vera, meniran, binahong, katu leaves, moringa leaves, patikan kebo, ceplukan, and kudo. We grow seven varieties of mango, four varieties of guava, rambutan, srikaya, papaya, banana, and duku. Children at the Joglo Preschool use the gardens to learn about and practice planting and growing food for their homes. Children and adults learn simple processes to make compost by placing dry leaves, grass, and some fallen fruit in the compost bins, and how to use compost for planting and growing vegetables.
Children use the open spaces for transition periods: playing, running, going up and down stairs, observing plants, and noticing colors in the leaves and flowers. Children enjoy outdoor water play from collected rainwater. They play with bubbles, pour and measure water, cooperate in water construction, and share water with the plants. The children now wash their hands with soap when they arrive, finish activities, or prepare to leave. They distinguish types of flowers, fruits, and vegetables, observe animals and insects on plants, and keep a journal of their observations in their natural surroundings.