Posts Tagged ‘volunteer’

Philippines – Cabiokid Foundation

Saturday, June 5th, 2010


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


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 for more information.

Contact Info

Cabiokid Foundation

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

farm based: 0928 551 3935
other: 0920 9114290

Nepal – Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

(Source: Permaculture Activist)

The Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP) is a small center based in Jajarkot, Nepal, aimed at revitalizing traditional farming techniques with enhanced sustainable methods for better results. This small organization is supported by ActionAid Nepal. The program works with the local community to increase food supply and improve production.

Program description

JPP has demonstration sites for presenting sustainable farm design with the incorporation of social programs. The first permaculture design course was conducted in 1995 by experienced farmers and permaculture experts. They taught fellow farmers how to increase yield with proper land use and efficient utilization of available resources to enrich fields without needing additional farm lands. The Center also provides training for income generating livelihoods: beekeeping, weaving, vegetable production and potable water systems.

Current agricultural initiatives are:


• Composting

• Farm system diversification

• intercropping

• Regenerative agriculture methods (green manures)

JPP extends its services by supporting human rights for minority groups and the poor. Their social development program includes support for small enterprises, adult education, along with access to better credit/saving systems and health facilities.

Contact Info:

Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP)

P.O. Box 10908



Tel: Kathmandu 270466 (off.), 272167 (farm)

Fax: +977(1)259833

Nepalganj (081) 22389

Surkhet (083) 29313