My Placement

I will be living in Tadian, Philippines, which is in the Mountain Province high in the Cordillera Mountain Range. I will be working with the Episcopal Diocese of the Northern Philippines, at their Organic Farm Demonstration and Learning Center. The municipality of Tadian is an anomaly of sorts. It is reported that Tadian is the economic and educational epicenter of the Mountain Province; however, the people of Tadian eat an alarming amount of imported, heavily processed, and inorganic food.The local food markets are now dominated by vegetables and other food products bulk-purchased from the Sagada market, which is actually supplied by commercial traders of inorganic vegetables from Isabela and Benguet, as well as truckloads of broiler-cull chicken from Central Luzon.  These
inorganic food products have “killed” the small organic producers within
the municipality. The Center can arrest these trading and consumption
patterns by producing large volumes of organic vegetables that can assure
a ready and steady supply, thus, negating the need to import from
outside and by expanding the production of free-range  chicken and eggs
that shall likewise be made readily available in the local market.

The Center’s main goals are as follows:

1]      Expand the production of organic vegetables in order to provide
a readily available supply to the local market, thus, substantially
reducing the entry (into the said local market) of inorganic vegetables
and positively impacting upon the health of the local communities.
2]      Expand the raising and marketing of free-range chicken in order
to provide readily available supply of organic chicken and eggs to the
local market, thus, substantially reducing the consumption of inorganic
poultry by  20% and positively impacting upon the health of local
communities.
3]      Enhance the current operation of egg-laying poultry in order to
sustain the financial viability of the Project as well as provide
chicken dung supply for the organic fertilizer production.
4]      Enhance the current organic fertilizer production in order to
support the expanded growing of vegetables by the Project and make
available organic fertilizer supply to the local farmers.
5]      Expand the nursery in order to support the local communities’
reforestation and forest expansion thrusts as well as income generation
from agro-forestry.
6]      Continue the provision of learning programs on environment and
sustainable agriculture.
7]      Accept partners from other Anglican Churches to gain learnings
and do knowledge-sharing on faith-based community community development
theories and practices: asset-based community development, organizing,
project management and leadership.

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