Community-Owned Compost and Biofertilizer business – Philippines

March,| Last year I spent 10 months working within a Filipino NGO (PAGBAG-O) that is a federation of people’s organisations made up of small-scale farmers. There are approximately 2000 farmers who are members of this organisation which has been implementing programs to help them develop sustainable livelihoods. It’s been an interesting experience to work within a local, grassroots organisation where I’ve learnt a lot as well as shared knowledge and collaborated in developing new projects. So I was very happy to return this month.

The project I’m currently involved with is a community-owned compost and biofertilizer business. I have enjoyed being a part of this project because it connects and supports many of the existing programs and creates the potential for PAGBAG-O to become more financially autonomous. The ‘Sustainable Resource Management and Development’ program of PAGBAG-O is actively training farmers with knowledge and practical skills to implement more sustainable farming. The ‘Community Based Enterprise Development’ program assists members to improve their income through access to micro-finance, adding value to products, diversifying crops for sale and producing more food for use in the home and local community.


“~ COMMUNITY-OWNED COMPOST AND BIOFERTILIZER business supported by Filipino NGO and 2000 small scale farmers. This report is by Bron(wyn) White, pictured below. As she wrote to us, “I am also interested in sharing Permaculture resources and stories to a broad audience and I’m trying to gather good resources and find the best place to post them at the moment, like a Permaculture wiki.” She is currently in the Phillippines, and will be able to begin internet work on this in May” – the interactive map and database of the Worldwide Permaculture Network

This project serves a lot of purposes in the local community of farmers here in the Philippines. It supports a local NGO’s education and training programs in sustainable agriculture practically and at the same time generates income to keep on delivering t…
  • Karolina O’Donoghue likes this.

Profile of a Hero: Martin Litton

Feb 20, 2012, | “Martin Litton, 95, wastes no time on proprieties. “I’m supposed to be dead, you know,” he says.  A towering presence with a booming voice, Litton has spent his life battling developers, extractive industries and federal agencies on behalf of iconic Western landscapes. With David Brower and Edward Abbey in the 1960s, he successfully fought the damming of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and helped kill a Disney resort planned near Sequoia National Park.”

  • Luz Engelbrecht, Emilianne Slaydon, Holly Martin, Fabio Pareto, Max Creasy, Kat Vida, and Margaret Lockley like this.

Willie Smits: How we re-grew a rainforest

March 3, 2009, | “By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems.”

Willie Smits: How we re-grew a rainforest By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving l…
  • Robert Brothers Shalahnia Riversong, Veronica Smith, and Good Vibrations like this.

Olaus and Mardy Murie: Alaska’s Passionate Protectors

October 21, 2013, | “Margaret (Mardy) Murie is fondly called the Grandmother of the Conservation Movement, but her love of the land began at a young age. Born on August 18, 1902 in Seattle, Mardy moved to Fairbanks with her family when she was five years old. Her step-father was an assistant U.S. attorney. She attended Simons College in Boston but finished her degree in business administration at the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, now the University of Alaska.”

GoodNews FortheEarth shared a link.
HISTORY – Olaus and Mardy Murie: Alaska’s Passionate Protectors
“I hope the United States of America is not so rich that she can afford to let these wildernesses pass by, or so poor she cannot afford to keep them.” – Mardy Murie – In congressional testimony about the Alaska Lands Act
Thanks to Dena Nickell for posting this. – Olaus and Mardy Murie, 1902 – 2003
Olaus is rememberd as a biologist, Alaskan explorer and author. Mardy is often call the ‘grandmother of the conversation movement.’
  • Connie Ashby likes this.