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