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Subscribe for a Weekly Delivery of Sustainable Grown Fruits, Veggies & Root Crops (Maybe Some You’ve Never Heard Of) from Good Food Community

September 23, 2017

Subscriptions boxes may have already peaked in Western countries, but in the Philippines the trend is still growing. One such company that has been been pushing for it, before beauty and fashion boxes were even on our radars, is Good Food Community, with a concept they tell us is called Community Shared Agriculture, or CSA for short, that sends weekly subscriptions of local fruits and vegetables (which you can either pick up at designated points, or have delivered straight to your home for an additional fee) to subscribers. The bayong that you receive will be filled with a certain weight of produce, but the combination found in each bag is a surprise to the subscriber, who can select one of three types of subscriptions based on your needs: the salad pack, the juicing pack, or gulay pambahay.

Receive a surprise pack of fruits, vegetables and maybe even root crops every week and push your cooking creativity to the next level.

“I heard about the idea when I was working for an NGO called Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya,” says founder Char Tan. “It’s an NGO doing sustainable agriculture and renewable energy with grassroots communities, and we’d often get Engineers without Borders from the UK. One of them was really good at cooking and he said that the reason why he got so good is because he gets a box of vegetables every week and it’s whatever the farmer can offer, and so when I heard about this idea of Community Shared Agriculture (CSA), I thought, ‘That’s such a great idea. We should do it here in the Philippines.'”

I was interested in working with farmers. That’s why I was in the NGO. My dream was to somehow work or somehow be of service in rural development. I just feel like there’s so much you can do for that sector.”

And in 2010, with the help and support of her prayer group that was then looking for an area of service they could do together, Tan put up Good Food Community. “One of us wrote a grant proposal, and we [won the grant]. So we said okay, now we have to do it. That was in July of 2010 . . . and we started to talk to farmers that year. These were the farmers that I had worked with in the NGO before because we were already teaching workshops on sustainable agriculture so it was a logical place to start. We finally, after a couple of trial runs in December 2010 and January 2011, we finally launched in February 2011.”

You can visit the Good Food Community office in QC to take your pick of the available produce and find out more about their partner farms.

In 2012, the group discovered Good Food Community required full-time focus. After a short hiatus of restructuring, Tan partnered up with 3 friends, making adjustments to the original model, and relaunched still adhering to the CSA model with the same advocacy, and they’ve been growing ever since.

Their partnership with Mandala Park also has Good Food Community planning a garden and composting system for the site.

Just this year, Good Food Community started organizing a weekly Sunday market at Mandala Park along Shaw Boulevard called Good Food Sundays, where you can pick and choose your sustainable produce and meet your local farmers. But don’t expect to just see a spectrum of greens at Good Food Sundays. The market includes a number of local artisans including vegan pizzas, homemade breads, and Philippine coffee, amongst others.


GOOD FOOD COMMUNITY

A weekly subscription service for local produce grown by small farming communities.

ADDRESS: Unit 108 Union Square Condominium, 15th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City
VISIT: 9AM-6PM Mondays to Saturdays / 8AM-2PM at Good Food Sundays on Sundays
CONTACT: 0939-934-4663 / hello@goodfoodcommunity.com
SPEND: PHP 300-580 a set
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Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.
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