organic agriculture

Value for Money, Shopping for Health

Inspired by an extension activity designed to curb obesity implemented by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension (CUCE) in New York City, ATI-RTC 8 implemented a similar activity under its Organic Agriculture (OA) program to educate mothers on the value of money with the food they prepared. The activity, which took place in Calag-itan, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte on March 23, 2015 was dubbed "Value for Money: Shopping for Health".

From Devastation to Sustainable Production

Upland barangays of Ormoc City is no stranger to calamities. They experienced loss of livelihood when their abaca plants where eradicated due to “bugtok”. Then came financial losses due to typhoons, foremost of which, was Yolanda. The losses were not only to production but also to soil fertility, which contributed to the low market value of products.

Organic Agriculture, Then and Now

In the very early part of the previous decade, our entourage from the ATI Regional Training Center in Bicol visited emerging and established agricultural hubs in other parts of Luzon as a staff development activity.

The Master's Garden was one of the completely unexpected yet singularly memorable sites that the ATI in the Cordillera Autonomous Region led us to. Organic farming was then barely mentioned as an intervention in agriculture.

Weed and wild

"Go back and find yourself", Mr Dionisio "Dion" Pullan was told after the loss of someone dear to him.

He came back to the Philippines and to the place where he used to go as a child. The place is Bangkong Kahoy Valley in Dolores, Quezon, which is 7 kilometers from the town proper. It is a block of titled land in a protected area, nesling between two mountains, the Mt Banahaw and Mt Cristobal. His great grandfather firmly told them not to sell the place, "though you bite the rock".

Starting my Own Blog for a Change

I’ve wanted to write blogs for the longest time.

But somehow I did not get to start writing blogs because I lacked the inspiration to do it. I did not have a good reason to blog.  I have always believed that if you write blog for all the wrong reasons then for sure your entry will just feel bland and your readers will likely be confused on what you’re trying to convey to them.

I needed that motivation to start a blog.

Bangkong Kahoy

Once there was a tree, which had a strong bond with a boy.  The tree let the boy climbed its branches and picked its fruit.  The boy did and he was happy. When the boy became a man, the tree offered its trunk for him to make a boat so he could sail to other places and be happy.  The man did and was happy.  When he became old, the tree offered its stump for him to sit and reflect and be happy.  The old man did and was glad.

up close and personal

I am just being reminded to have this blog title with the book that I’ve read written by Fern Michaels, where she explored the dynamics of one extraordinary family, the complex bond between mother and daughter, and the transforming power of the loves we find, the loves we lose, and the ones we carry with us always--no matter where life takes us.

Of course, I will not be talking about the book here, instead; I am just borrowing the title for her credits because I am amazed with it – just that!

Start Small

It is but common to us that in every endeavour we aspire for, we wanted to have huge, big and or an enormous result or impact. Thus, it is as well given, that only a few thrived because most of them failed.

Getting what we give

It is like the law of echo. It is like a kickback from a kick. Sometimes we get much more because we also get the interest from what we deposited. The Rapha Valley cautioned us on what we give to our bodies.

Rapha is Hebrew word for healer. Dr Albert Jo said that he named the place Rapha after the Hebrew "Jehovah Rapha" or "God the Healer". The place is in Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental. Dr Jo advocates healing through healthy lifestyle. Since food affects what we are, we need to be extra careful of what goes into our bodies.

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