Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan last Saturday. Ron had a consultation meeting with GK folks and I tagged along.
As a social enterprise, the farm not only houses family beneficiaries of the GK housing project, but also provides work opportunities for them. With the help of young social entrepreneurs and volunteers, the farm is now producing tea drinks made of lemongrass and sweet potato, ‘kesong puti’ or goat’s milk cheese, ham, salted duck eggs that have no chemicals or artificial coloring, and educational toys made of bamboo. Teens in the area have been taught how to make detox drinks from the herbs and vegetables around the farm. And an ‘ate’ bakes melt-in-your-mouth barako coffee bread upon order.
You can also find such products as Theo & Philo chocolates and Apo coffee. These have been developed by social entrepreneurs who make use of farm produce. There is a souvenir shop at the entrance and a Human Nature store as well. This visit made me realize that there are just so many things that you can do with land, if you have the vision, creativity, and patience to see things through.