May 21, 2022

The Unfolding Story of a Food EcoSystem…in the Aftermath of Rain

The Philippine Permaculture Conference shows us that there is no one organization that has the monopoly of the solutions to climate crisis. If we are to succeed, we must find solutions collectively.

The following is a brief of the presentation by CAFE-I Executive Director Teresa Ruelas to the Philippine Permaculture Conference held last November 22-24, 2019 at Holy Name University in Tagbilaran, Bohol.

This presentation tells a story of a small group of people who fought in a campaign to stop the killing of their food. Along the way, they met strangers who enrolled in the fight and they all became friends.

For a while the friends were granted their wish…no more entry of food-killing practices. As the fight was over – at least for a little while – the friends listened for what is theirs now to do?

Into the vacuum of good options for where to access good food that was alive and real, the friends started a farmers market of only naturally- and organically-grown produce and food products. In the next 4 1/2 years, one market grew to three markets. And the market for organic food grew to become a food ecosystem.

This presentation hopes to elucidate in greater, hopefully fuller and juicier, details how the story of a food ecosystem unfolded, what principles held its unfolding, and where the story may be taking us to next.

The Philippine Permaculture Conference is the annual gathering of permaculture practitioners and environmentalists in the country. It is presented by the Philippine Permaculture Association (PPA).

This year’s conference is entitled PERMAKULTURA: Pagsalungat sa Nakagawian. Sama-samang Pagharap sa Nagbabagong Klima. It higlights the not-business-as-usual initiatives and practices in the Philippines which can all help us face the issues of climate change.

Some members of MISSION have studied or are actively working with PPA to bring about solutions to environmental woes.