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Gil Carandang, Father of Philippine Organic Farming

April 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Gardening, Green Exchange

Gil Carandang at Salcedo Market

Almost everybody we interviewed for Pinoy Organics acknowledge Gil Carandang as their mentor and/or inspiration in the field of Philippine Organic Farming. Gil is regarded by colleagues and students in the agricultural community as the “Father of Philippine Natural and Organic Farming”.

He is a graduate of the Apprenticeship program on Ecological Horticulture, University of California Santa Cruz. He is a full-time farmer and owner of Herbana Farms and an Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP) inspector. He studied under John Jeavons of Ecology Action in Mid Peninsula in California on Sustainable Bio-intensive Mini-Farming and under Dr. Han Kyu Cho of Korean Natural Farming Association on Natural Farming Systems for Crops and Livestocks. He was an apprentice with Natural Farmers of Japan as well as at the Center for Agro-Ecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) of the University of California Santa Cruz in the field of Ecological Horticulture. He attended workshop on Biodynamics preparations with Biodynamics Association of Northern California and Permaculture Design Course with the Center for Natural Design, Los Osos, California.

He extensively lectures on beneficial indigenous microorganisms both in the Philippines and the United States. He brings the technology of using indigenous microorganisms as another tool for farming sustainably. People who have attended his seminars say that Gil is an extremely engaging, fun, and empowering teacher.

We were able to witness this when we met up with him in Salcedo Market few weeks ago. He was just unstoppable and it was almost impossible not to get inspired by this simple man to start farming, with or without hectares of farm land. The supposedly casual 15-minute chat lasted for about an hour that we almost forgot to buy his vegetable produce for our weekly consumption. After securing our basketful of organic vegetables, we bid him goodbye.

Sharon Cuneta interviews Gil Carandang

There was a commotion few minutes after we left his booth. The Mega Star Sharon Cuneta interviewed the Mega Farmer about his farm and the wide variety of local produce on the table of the Herbana Farms booth. Gil, as always, enjoyed explaining to Sharon the uses, benefits ad taste of each herb, vegetable and fruit she picked from the table.

If there’s one question that you can ask Gil, what would that be?

Comments

19 Responses to “Gil Carandang, Father of Philippine Organic Farming”
  1. Tina says:

    Plan to have an organic vegetable garden in my side yard. (back yard is for drying clothes, front yard is the usual lawn) If he can provide 5 best practices in setting up a home veggie garden and 5 best practices to organically control pests. The literature out there can be utterly confusing to a newbie like me. Thank you.

  2. merlissa garcia says:

    Yes, Mr. Carandang is one of the best mentor I ever had in organic farming and organic certification! We invited him as resource person in the 2nd Organic farmers’ festival last feb 2007 here in Dumaguete Negros Oriental.That was the first time I heard him talk, and yes, he really spoke from experience, spontanoeus and educational. He was our (group of organic inspectors organized by NISARD)trainer when we had on the job training in organic certification. The next time I will have an oppotunity to listen or talk to Gil, I’ll make sure to turn on my recorders… he he he

  3. zimar mendiola says:

    Gardening is my passion. I started gardeing since I was 6 years old. Now, I am thinking of early retirement at 55 and I want to go back to gardening. After reading the write up about Mr. Carandang, more so I become very interested in gardening and this time, organic gardening. Hope I could join in one of the events of pinoy organics. Kudos to the organizer of pinoy organics.

  4. carina g. says:

    Hi,
    Due to good friday on april april 22,are the weekend markets open this april 23 and 24,2011?if so what time?thanks

  5. Amara Tan says:

    I attended his seminar last July 25, 2011. He was very awesome even at this young age(11) i learned a lot. Thanks to Mr. Gil Carandang I am wanting to take organic farming as my daily lifestyle. :)

  6. jesban says:

    hello!Any information about seminars schedule this April 2012?Pls let me know I want to register. Thanks

  7. Cheryl says:

    may i know how to get in touch with Mr. Gil Carandang, if he has seminars for organic farming? i am very interested to join.

    thanks.

  8. tisha says:

    I would like to know if you will be having a seminar about organic gardening. I am interested to attend. Thank you.

  9. PinoyOrganics says:

    Hi Tisha. Check out our events page for the schedule.

  10. PinoyOrganics says:

    Check out our events page where we will post all learning events about organics.

  11. Daisy says:

    Hi, I am interested in organic farming, is there any seminars I can attend n persons to talk to?
    Will appreciate any help
    Thanks
    Daisy

  12. Roberto I. Caraig says:

    I just want to know where we could we get in touch with Mr. Gil Carandang or where and when is the next seminar on organic farming. Thanks

  13. jfdee says:

    I am one of his trainee, he is a good mentor, i learned a lot about organic farming. now i have my owned small organic farm my veg.produce displayed at country mall,and i distributed some veg.dealer.

  14. PinoyOrganics says:

    There are several workshops and trainings. Subscribe here and join our Facebook page (Pinoyorganics) so you don’t miss them. Regularly check our calendar of events.

  15. PinoyOrganics says:

    We’ll be posting in our Facebook page and/or in our calendar of events future trainings and workshops

  16. Bern Tagle says:

    Dear Sir Carandag:

    Please let us know when you could give a seminar in bacolod city.
    We would like to practice organic farming too,
    especially how to start one.

    God bless you.
    Bern

  17. I am conducting a 3-day seminar at the Herbana Farms km. 59, brgy. Burol, Calamba City this Aug. 31-Sept 2. INTENSIVE MICROBIAL ORGANIC FARMING AND NATURAL PIGGERY & POULTRY. My cell: 09292698602 rsvp.
    gil carandang of herbana farms

  18. Romy Delgado says:

    SINCE RETIRING, I STARTED PRACTICING ORGANIC FARMING…. FOR OUR CONSUMPTION ONLY…. ALSO PRACTICE ZERO WASTE , ANY THING THAT WILL HELP … TO SAVE OUR MOTHER EARTH… BUT AFTER 13 YRS. , I WOULD LIKE TO EXPAND THIS CRUSADE AND SHARE HEALTHY LIVING, WITH OTHERS….. IN THIS CONNECTION, I AM SEEKING YOUR OPINION AND ADVICE, ON HOW I CAN BE SUCCESSFUL WITH THIS…..ARE THERE FARMERS IN OUR PLACE WHO IS ALSO ON ORGANIC FARMING ? ZAMBOANGA CITY…

    THANKS,

  19. lynne says:

    How can i contact Mr. Carandang? I would like to learn organic farming in my home.

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