Saturday, December 24, 2011

Welcome to the beginning...

Magandang Araw... Welcome to our "sharing garden" project. As of now, we are volunteers of 10 young people in our neighborhood willing and ready to start a garden.

Inspired by the "Sharing Gardens" project of Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns in Oregon, USA (, we started this project hoping to learn the importance of gardening and sharing. On the other hand, we also want to share not only the food from the harvest but also this skill in the future to schools and communities in any way possible.

Furthermore, another main reason in starting this gardening project is the idea of encouraging and teaching young people like us to promote and practice organic gardening in their schools and community and uphold the right to healthy food and well-being. We all have the freedom to grow gardens and the responsibility to stop the industries that uses harmful pesticides and chemicals in producing food.

Vision Statement

In the beginning…

A community that promotes the value of sharing and practices sustainable and environmentally sound organic gardening while generating local and community economy

A community that plants natural medicine and organic food that can support the people involved and some of its neighbouring families

A community that can teach others to start a garden through contributing their skills and physical effort voluntarilly to help them produce their own pesticide-free and chemical-free food and medicine

Two years later...

A network of self-reliant gardening communities within Davao City (and beyond!), sharing varieties of seedlings and organic produce while encouraging and helping more communities to start an organic sharing garden

An earth-life-spirit connected communities upholding the principle of saving seeds for times of crisis and sharing food to those in need

A network of inspired communities able to contribute their skills and dedication to build strong alliances and create meaningful activities beyond gardening (ex. Community strengthening, free alternative education, cooking lessons, art lessons and exhibitions, cultural and musical sessions, etc.)

The place and the future…

A place abundant in natural medicine and organic foods for future generation

A living ecology able to sustain a healthy inhabitants for numerous years

A model for a sustainable and environmentally correct way of land management

A place able to supply enough quantities of fresh produce to some places in need

The Future Garden Site

In this place where we live, finding the right site for a garden was not easy. It took more than two years before this plan was finally initiated. As for now, here is the first site that we will try to develop and rejuvenate. With not enough tools to make the work faster, hopefully soon we will witness the transformation.

Front view of the area

Right side of the area

Middle part of the area