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Jonjon Sarmiento, Resource Person on IDOFS and Permaculture, discusses the components of farm design that include farm structure, shape, types of plants, and irrigation system during the hands-on demonstration.

TIGBAUAN, ILOILO – “I strongly believe that if you are surrounded by beautiful people, you also become beautiful like them. That is the power of attraction. My gratitude to ATI for this opportunity to be with these amazing and beautiful people,” expressed Engr. Edmon Mella, one of the 30 training participants of the Skills Enhancement on Integrated Diversified Farming Systems cum Project Proposal Writing on March 4-6, 2020 at Sol Y Mar Family Beach Resort, Namocon, Tigbauan, Iloilo. The attendees of this training were learning site cooperators and farmer leaders. Mella's farm is a newly accredited learning site of the ATI.

Invited resource persons on this training discussed topics on Integrated Diversified Organic Farming System (IDOFS), permaculture, edible landscaping, project development cycle, and project proposal writing. Jonjon Sarmiento, Owner and Manager of Kuatro Marias Agro-Ecology Farm in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro; Homer Deloso, Faculty of Central Philippine University; and Dr. Antonino Alacapa, Project Development Consultant from San Jose, Antique shared their expertise on the whole duration of the training. Moreover, participants visited the Sol Y Mar Eco-Farm and Dreamer’s Valley Farm in Tigbauan, Iloilo as part of their on-site learning and technology benchmarking.

The principles and importance of IDOFS, permaculture, and edible landscaping were enunciated by the participants and differentiated the three farming systems and their management approaches. They also submitted their farm plans and designs, project proposals, and action plans as their training output.

The best farm designs were selected and given simple tokens by the training management team. The farm designs will also be evaluated by ATI-RTC 6 after six months to check whether they are implemented or not. Successful implementers will also be given special tokens by the institute.

The training aims at enhancing the knowledge and skills of newly accredited learning site cooperators, and farmer leaders on integrated and diversified farming systems and project proposal writing.