The Bambooland Project
is an ongoing farmer training program that focusses on permaculture,
micro-organism technology, soil conservation and sustainable agriculture.
The skills learned in this program will greatly increase productivity
and economic strength for rural communities in Northern Mindanao.
Most farmers struggle for their daily existence, and
to prevent starvation often have no choice but to sell trees to
the loggers. Teaching them how to create a more efficient and productive
acgricultural system will assist not only in alleviating their poverty
and hunger, but also prevent further deforestation of virgin rainforests.
At the beginning of 2004, the 'Bamboo Land' Project
was established in Misamis Oriental. The 30ha farming site is a
mix of established tropical fruit trees and crops. The scarce
remains of the ancient rainforest, which was logged over 30 years
ago, can be seen here and there on the property.
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT
Fruit trees such as Marang, Coconut, Papaya, Lanzones,
Guaveno, Avocado, Pugahan Palms and Rhambutan are grown in abundance.
Bambusa Giganticus, Philippine Giant bamboo was planted along the
creek edges as a building material and source of food as well as
erosion control due to heavy tropical flooding.
Two Hectares of Ginger was planted as a seed crop for distribution
to six other project sites.
Peanuts superseded the ginger as a green Manure crop to replenish
the nitrogen lost through leeching and plant growth.
Composting and green manure cropping are taught to
the farmers to ensure their soil remains fertile in the tropical
Gardening & Farming Technology
Over the next six months two hectares of vegetable,
herb and flower gardens were established with many seeds being donated
by Australian supporters.
Micro-organism technology, an ancient Korean farming technique,
teaches farmers how to catch and grow micro-organisms. Lactobacillus,
Forest and Bamboo micro-organisms, rhizobium and seaweed are among
the many utilized. These are then sprayed on the soils and plants
for stimulated growth and good plant health. Lacto is also used
for health of the pigs and Chickens.
SALT--Sloping Agricultural Land Technology- Tribal farmers were
trained in the A frame technique of contouring as a preventative
measure to stopping erosion on the slopes.
Water Tanks and piping are the next service envisaged
to be installed in 2006, which will eliminate the labourious task
of hand watering.
If you would like to assist us in getting this project established,
your generosity would be graciously appreciated.
A small piggery was also begun starting with the donation
of female and male breeder pigs, Bill and Lorna. The pigs are bred
to produce manure as fertilizer for the garden, food for the farmers
and economic return.
Accommodation and Facilities
A communal meeting house, complete with cooking facilities
and staff accommodation was the first building to be erected, followed
by huts for trainees and visitors
We would like to
thank all the people who supported the project from its conception,
and hope that many more will join with us to help secure the
future of the Filipino farming communities, through hands-on
education. They in turn will go back to their own faming communities
and educate their peers by example.
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