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Philippines – Cabiokid Foundation

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

(Source: www.cabiokid.org)

Cabiokid, located 90km from Manila, in Nueva Ecija (Luzon island), is a 5.5 hectare integrated farm implementing permaculture methods and principles as well as eco-tourism. It also functions as a development project site for the latest in permaculture technologies (engineering, education and local economics). The foundation’s name is pronounced “Ka-bee-o-kid”, a play around the words “bukid” (“field” in Filipino) and the word “bio”. They also offer training and educational courses in nature-based technologies and permaculture.

The foundation site is a former rice farm that used non-sustainable methods and chemicals but was restored in 2001 to its rich soil state with organic farming. It now hosts over a thousand plant species, some livestock, with ponds and waterways in the background. Rice is still the main focus of harvest on the farm.

Foundation activities:

- At present the foundation is working to promote sustainable development ideas by doing demos on doable eco-friendly solutions targeting the surrounding local communities, the youth and the marginalized sector.

- Regular 3-7 day permaculture courses are offered with actual examples on the site. Tailor made courses can also be requested on similar topics, including alternative building, waste management and human resource management.

- The Wildlife preservation project is underway in cooperation with local government agencies.

- The “BEMBU” program aims to develop bamboo as an alternative building resource.

- The Cabiokid store and library offers educational resources as well as farm products for sale. They can also contact the farm to rent facilities for tours and seminars.


Current Projects

1. STEP

The Sustainable Technologies and Entrepreneurial Permaculture Program (STEP) initiative, in cooperation with the Isabela provincial government, Antwerp (Belguim), and SALIS aims to teach sustainable livelihood to local communities as well as provide ecological awareness about global warming. Cabiokid targets to build information centers (organic highways and learning resource centers) to do this.

2. Pintig

Cabiokid, in cooperation with Happy Earth, plans expansion through development of an additional 4 hectare land nearby. Development plans include plowing and planting, along with fencing the area.

3. Green School

The Basic Ecology Project aims to provide environmental lessons to elementary school children, with modules from a partner school in Belguim. This culminates in planting activities, lectures and an educational tour on the Cabiokid farm.


CaBIOkid Needs You

Volunteers and working students are welcome on the farm. They can contact Angelito Agustin, Area manager, at cabiokid@yahoo.com for more information.


Contact Info

Cabiokid Foundation

Guapito st.,
Brgy Sta. Rita,
Cabiao, Nueva Ecija,
Philippines

Email:cabiokid@yahoo.com

Tel:
farm based: 0928 551 3935
other: 0920 9114290

Philippines – Permaculture Action Asia

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

(Source: http://www.permacultureph.org)

Permaculture Action Asia is a non-government (NGO), non-profit organization dedicated to spreading permaculture principles through educational and project initiatives across the country. Based in Cebu City, the NGO is supported by Edge5 Permaculture, local governments and a number of civic organizations. The organization envisions an encompassing sustainable living system that will meet society’s needs while in total harmony with the environment. This organization dreams of building and replicating sustainable living communities around the country, starting with Cebu.

Their mission is to:

- be a catalyst for social change that can inspire an ethical, sustainable and caring society.

- provide access to Permaculture training that will encourage the public to take care of the environment.

- produce comprehensive research about Permaculture and share this with other NGO’s, businesses and other institutions worldwide.

- create and replicate a stable permaculture model site that can be implemented in other places.

The NGO is working on installing five demo sites in Cebu City, Danao, Arago, Toledo and another provincial site that are all expected to be operational in the later part of 2010.


Courses

The organization is planning to conduct its initial Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in the latter part of 2010. In the following year, monthly classes, short courses and an accredited PDC will be implemented. Everyone is invited to enroll.


Future Plans

Permaculture Action Asia hopes to expand “green” living consciousness to as many avenues as possible, including:

1. Monthly or annual summits

2. Having Permaculture introduced into the school system.

3. Implementing and running four demo farms to showcase livelihood programs and sustainable agriculture practices.

4. Create eco-villages along with the demo farms.

5. Make financially-independent farm models that can provide local employment and can  be easily replicated in three years.

6. Establish a major permaculture research facility in Asia that will be the permaculture hub in the region.


Project Needs

The NGO is actively seeking volunteers, teachers, donors and other parties for assistance with their projects. They are in need of funding, land and grants to further their mission.


Contact Info

http://www.permacultureph.org

Permaculture Action Asia, Inc

Unit 2, Ground Floor

Josepha Arcade

Sergio V. Lim Building

General Maxilom Ave

Cebu City 6000

Philippines

Phone: (032) 412 4076

Fax: (032) 231 7537

General Inquiries

Email: Info@PermaculturePh.org

Click here for more information.