Finally, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in Metro Manila!
Organic Manila is the marketing arm and distribution company of a collective farm group in La Trinidad, Benguet. Organic Manila is the brainchild of RT Gonzales and is comprised of seven farmers who have committed themselves in planting vegetables using organic faming methods. Each farmer has undergone a one-month training seminar on the technological trends in organic farming led by Gil Carandang. Since each farm is owned by the farmer and his family, together with Organic Manila, they formulate a workable farm plan and harvest schedules of what kind of vegetables they should grow for the season.
Water source is from natural springs located around the mountain area of the collective farms. Special attention is also given to post-harvest procedures. The farmers fully understand the safety and hygienic procedures in packaging and handling of their harvest. Farm wastes and other bio-degradable garbage are immediately sent to the compost pile and treated with beneficial microorganisms so as to prevent contamination of the harvested produce.
There are three types of boxes to choose from. The small box (Php600) contains 8 assorted vegetables, 4 culinary herbs, 2 fruits and is good for one to two persons.
The medium box (Php1,450) has 12 assorted vegetables, 4 culinary herbs, 4 fruits and may be shared by 3 persons.
The biggest box which is large (P1,950) has 16 assorted vegetables, 5 culinary herbs, 5 fruits and maybe consumed by 6-8 persons. All boxes are good for a week.
Currently, they have a selling booth at the BF Paranaque Weekend Market every Saturday, from 7am to 2pm. There are several pick-up points within Metro Manila, too. If fate is on your side, and if your house is within the area of an institutional client, they can deliver your box of vegetables right at your doorsteps! Ordering is easy. Just call, email or fax your order. You can even customize the vegetables in your box according to your menu for the week. The must-do though is to place your orders a week before to make sure that your requested vegetables and/or fruits are available in time for the delivery schedule.
If you were to choose a box of fresh organic vegetables, herbs and fruits from Organic Manila, which one do you think will best fit your weekly requirement?