The primary goal of this project is to develop a local sustainable source of organic seeds for farmers in the Northern Philippines. This will lower costs for farmers having to purchase seeds with each planting. This program will also improve the health of local soil by not having to use chemical fertilizers to grow hybrid and synthetic non-organic seeds. Friends of ENCA Farm will implement this program through comprehensive educational and training opportunities for participants.
Farmers in the Northern Philippines have limited access to 100% organic seeds. This forces farmers to purchase hybrid and non-organic seeds which threaten environmental sustainability and cause great economic burdens. By establishing an organic seed bank in Tublay, Benguet the community of over 50 organic farmers will receive educational training about organic seed propagation and establish a viable source of locally produced organic seeds.
This project will improve the health of local soils by not having to use chemical fertilizers to grow hybrid and synthetic non-organic seeds. Friends of ENCA Farm will implement this program through comprehensive educational and training opportunities for participants. By utilizing local and international expertise in organic seed propagation, seed saving, and storage techniques, participants in these trainings will learn how to properly save, store, and re-use organic seeds produced locally.
This project will educate and train 50 farmers on seed saving, propagation, and storage techniques. Preserving local seeds is essential to protecting the bio-diversity of food systems and ensuring the organic validity of crops produced. After the initial educational training component we will establish a seed saving cooperative. This will generate a new local economy and improve the well-being of the food system and health of farmers throughout Benguet Province and the entire Philippines.