Our Programs

The Sustainable Urban Farming Program aims to to assist the most vulnerable and marginalized slum communities by growing their own food and live sustainable.

There is a looming planetary crisis in the provision of energy and food, degradation of natural systems and climate change, lack of basic services and employment, severe social inequalities and alienation alongside hyper consumerism. This crisis hits people living in slum areas the worst; since their lack of resources makes them less resilient. Lack of secure tenure of house and land, unhygienic living conditions, poor or non-existent health and education services, and in some areas high levels of criminality sentence the slum dweller to a harsh life, and often create a vicious circle of poverty that is impossible to escape.

Latest research points out that Urban Organic Farming (UOF) could be a great way to tackle the food, nutrition, poverty and climate crises while at the same time empowering slum communities to direct their own social, economic and natural eco-systems (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2008). It has proven a great has proven to be a great way to develop positive cooperation and resilience in slum communities through community self-help, improve the residents’ health and reduce their living costs. In order to stimulate urban organic farming in the Philippines, Transition Philippines in collaboration with her partners proposes a Sustainable Urban Farming Program whereby slum communities improve their situation by growing their own food within their limited space.

The development objective of this program is to assist the most vulnerable and marginalized slum communities: (i) to obtain food-self sufficiency; (ii) to enhance nutrition, iii) reduce household expenditures on food and (iii) to improve social inclusion and livelihood. This will be achieved by a three-step program which will not only provides slum communities the possibility to grow their own food but also earn money by selling the extra produce:

  1. Community organizing and training: training of community leaders, assisting them to train their communities and implementing a comprehensive urban community garden design. The end goal of this step is to set up the urban farms with the community.
  2. Self-sustainability: implementing the urban community garden. The end goal here is to have a fully functional urban community garden and nutritious food.
  3. Entrepreneurship: selling the extra produce. The end goal of this step is for the community to earn money with the urban community garden for the community.

Spreading the love for urban farming by providing workshops in different areas of Manila. With this program we want to show how easy it is to grow healthy food by yourself, live sustainable and create inclusive communities.

The workshops of 19 and 20 September were a great success! We are looking forward to organising them again. Check this page regularly for updates on new workshops!

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The Workshops

Urban Organic Farming Step by Step.

Learn all about the basic steps in Urban Organic Farming in just one day workshop. Weather, water, soil, nutrients’ and seeds; after this workshop you can start your urban farm right away!

Date: Soon to be announced.

Permaculture in Urban Farming.

Want to make the most of your little space in the city? This workshop is just right for you! In just a one day workshop you will get to know all the ins and outs of permaculture.

Date: Soon to be announced.

It’s all about Herbs!

Interested in growing herbs? This workshop will teach you all about growing them on your balcony, fresh to use every day!

Date: Soon to be announced.

Veggies, veggies, veggies.

Growing vegetables is not easy, but with our help you will start eating your favourite veggies from your backyard in no time!

Date: Soon to be announced.

Tutti Fruity

Even fruits can grow on your balcony and with this workshop we will show you how!

Date: Soon to be announced.

Make your own Organic Soil & Fertilizer: Recycle Your Waste.

Organic soil & fertilizer are the ultimate basis for organic farming and you can easily make it yourself from all the products in your home!

Date: Soon to be announced.

Transition Community Workshop.

Interested to change your community to be more sustainable, resilient and local? This workshop will provide you with all the tools to do it!

Date: Soon to be announced.

Beekeeping in the City.

Keeping bees is the future! Not only for the pollination of your (and others’) urban farm, also for the delicious honey. This special workshop will make you a master of the art of beekeeping in just 3 days!

Date: Soon to be announced.

Food Processing.

Want to learn more about how to process the food you grow in your urban farm? Learn all about making your own jam or cook your favourite meal. Different subjects every workshop. Make a special request now!

Date: Soon to be announced.

This program is developed in cooperation with Good Food Community.

The Learning & Accreditation program makes it more accessible to become an organic farmer. We want to help farmers form meaningful relationships with the people they feed and be agents of change and beacons of hope in their respective communities. Our goal is to restore dignity to the profession of farming and empower farmers to innovate, be creative, and excel in their craft.

The L&A Program will provide Good Food Community partner farmers with the necessary tools, life skills, and practical knowledge to sustain their own farms; manage their own agribusinesses; and positively influence their communities by living a sustainable lifestyle and being an agent of change.

The farmers follow a 3-step program:

  1. Learning phase: Transition to organic farming.
  2. Accreditation phase: Applying for our accreditation.
  3. Activist phase: The new organic farmers become activists of their own and promote organic farming

The program includes the following activities:

Farmer Support Activities

  • provision of useful farm equipment and tools (i.e. water drums, pH meters, digital weighing scales, etc.)
  • workshops and seminars on seed saving, germination techniques, soil health,  natural pest control, and permaculture design
  • educational trips to organic farms and demo sites

Entrepreneurial

  • workshops on farm management
  • seminars on financial planning and basic accounting

Advocacy Workshops

  • how to set up a local CSA and Farmers' Markets
  • family nutrition and meal-planning
  • cooking with locally-grown vegetables
  • environmental stewardship

Be part of our advocacy by pledging support to our farmers and learn more here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/community-shared-agriculture-in-the-philippines#/story and local food consumption.

Providing municipalities, communities and barangays the skills and tools to transition their ecosystems into a sustainable environment.

The Children’s Transition Program is a school program for children to become environmentally friendly and aware. It is about why, where and how to implement change, and specifically focuses on trash, re-use and recycling, food and art.

Challenges

The current planetary crises such as the provision of food and energy, climate change and social inequalities urgently demand the development of alternative behaviour. In the current education system in the Philippines there is no attention paid to people’s behaviour towards the environment and human impacts on our planet. In order to build sustainability and resilience in children for them to better manage the future, Transition Philippines, together with Laur Central School in Nova Ecija, developed a Children’s Transition Program.

The program’s starting point is the complete lack of environmental and nutritional health knowledge for children.

Through five fun, accessible and informative workshops we will be able to give children the knowledge, resources and confidence to create a better life for themselves and their community. These unique workshops will help children to become activists for change towards a healthier earth.

Objectives & strategy

In order to influence children’s mindset we first establish in each school a discussion group comprising teachers and parents to develop agreement on the key issues and the approach and activities for the relevant children’s age groups. This has already been undertaken in Laur Central School where commitment and momentum has been established. The first task will be to create awareness among the children about the importance of environment in their local community and the challenges they face because of current human behaviour. Then we give them tools to implement the lessons within their own community. Each workshop is designed to offer numerous creative solutions for practical use. With the necessary tools children can change their existing behaviour and influence their families and friends. In order to maintain this long term process we create follow up activities.

Program activities

The Children’s Transition Program will offer 5 workshops to each participating class. The first workshop will cover the importance of caring for nature. The second workshop concerns food: healthy, nutritious food and organic gardening. The third workshop will be about consumption and waste management, looking at why we should take proper measures concerning waste. The fourth workshop will focus on what to do with all the trash in the community via re-use and recycling. The fifth workshop will be a hands on art class to upcycle clothing material into something new. There will be a key responsible person/teacher selected in each school who will organise the follow-up initiatives, liase with the Transition Program team, and be put in touch with the world-wide Transition Movement.

A Transition trainer will return to the trained class after 6 months to help with follow up actions. The school will have to organise a follow up event on a prescheduled date.

Follow up actions can include:

  • Continued lessons in class by the school teacher whom we offer an ideas booklet for follow up lessons.
  • Set up and maintain school garden.
  • Organise an upcycle art show, a neighbourhood cleanup, a children’s market at school or a farm tour.
  • Other ideas from children for follow up actions.

We offer motivational and team building workshops for the office that stimulate urban gardening is corporate areas. Together with the employees we will set up an urban farm on location, and increase productivity, satisfaction and team morale. We offer three standard packages but can adjust the workshops to the organizations needs.