The Soil Food Web

This post by Sambali Beach Farm an all-natural farm set on the sandy beaches of Zamables gives a nice representation of the biological activity that we outlined in our article, The Basics Of Soil Fertility. There is this very beautiful…

Seeds, The Farmer’s Freedom

In this age of GE seeds, hybrids and seed corporations, farmers are becoming increasingly dependent on outside sources for resource that had always been free by right: seeds. For thousands of years farmers saved seeds from their crops for the…

Why Forests are Important for Farmers

In the age of conventional agriculture, the value of forest land has rarely been appreciated. Farmers value clear land so that they can maximize the amount of crops they are able to grow and sell. However, decades of evidence is…

Irrefutable Evidence Proves Golden Rice Is A Total Farce

By Aeon Mapa Just in case you haven’t heard, one of the most pressing issues in food production in the Philippines today is that of genetically engineered Golden Rice. Unfortunately the Philippines has become the first country to approve cultivation…

Flood Resistant Crops

The Philippines is a wonderful place for farming. Abundant rains and warm weather make it possible for us to grow nearly any food all year round. However there are some challenges that come with that heavy rain, one of the…

The ‘Ant Man’

Neither Lucio Tan nor Henry Sy serves as the inspiration of this successful organic rice farmer from Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur. Instead, he looks up to a small, yet hardworking ant that dreams big and never gives up. Engineer…

Venancio Garde Jr. from SRI Pilipinas

Venancio Tornilo Garde Jr. graduated from Nueva Ecija University of Science & Technology Gabaldon Campus and obtained his Diploma in Agricultural Technology. Once, he was a volunteer Cathecist, SK chairman, and a Community Organizer of Gabay sa Bagong Pag-asa (GBP)…

The Family that Plants Together Harvests Together

The Pulangi Watershed Area Team (PULWAT) under Watershed Management Division (WMD) of the National Power Corporation (NPC) is one of the agencies which rehabilitates denuded areas around Pulangi Watershed, one of Mindanao’s major watersheds. Through the Vegetative Rehabilitation Program, farmers…

A Female Gardener’s Determination Uplifts her Community

Never did it cross Estrella’s mind that she would be leading a group of farmers in Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City, considering her humble beginnings. Estrella N. Tao, a 64-year-old gardener in a small village called Makugihon in Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan…

Organic Farming: A Key To Food Insecurity

The town of Dagami, Leyte, located 32 kilometers from Tacloban City, prides itself with verdant lands planted to coconut, rice, and corn. Yet the once plentiful harvest became a distant memory when Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the world’s strongest typhoon in recent memory, brought about unprecedented destruction. But five years after the tragedy, people from Dagami have completely recovered, rebuilt their life and livelihood.