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Jul 20 2016

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WE’RE INTENSIFYING OUR PAR-COFFEE TRAINING WITH LOCAL FARMERS

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Farmers from the Paquibato District of Davao City were invited by the Balutakay Coffee Farmers Association (BACOFA) to their farm at Mount Apo. Coffee For Peace trained BACOFA who are, in turn, training other farmers from other communities.

Your hands’ work feed us,
Tiller of the sacred land.
May we serve with you?

 

It’s always a privilege to be visited by our farming partners. To pray together. To eat together. To learn together. To share our struggles for justice and peace. To share our lives with each other. To share resources. To listen to each other.

 

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We conducted a 2-day coffee production training, dubbed as From Crop to Cup, which is framed in Peace and Reconciliation principles and practices.

 

The content of this training program includes the following:

 

SITE SELECTION

  1. Climatic Requirement
  2. Land and Soil Requirement

SPECIES SELECTION

  1. Coffee Varieties
  2. Sources of seeds

NURSERY PRACTICES

  1. Nursery Site
  2. Seed requirement
  3. Preparation of seeds
  4. Germination bed
  5. Pricking
  6. Raising and caring for the seedlings
  7. Hardening

PLANTING AREA PREPARATION

  1. Clearing
  2. Staking and holing

TRANSPLANTING

  1. Age of seedlings

PLANTATION MAINTENANCE AND PROTECTION

  1. Fertilization:

PRUNING

SHADING, MULCHING AND COVER CROPPING

HARVESTING

PROCESSING

 

These particular group are from the Paquibato District, Davao City. Great thanks to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the City Government of Davao for their partnership.

 

 

The training team consists of Fred Abelitado, Byron Bee Pantoja, Joji Felicitas Bautista Pantoja, and Jobee Palo Basas.

 

Kudo’s to the PBCI-CFP support team — Edna Pantoja, Nite Alparas, Catua Frani, Crezy Morgado Eclevia, and Jose B. Calaba.

 

 

About the author

Lakan Sumulong

Dann Pantoja is beginning to use his Tagalog indigenous name -- Lakan Sumulong. This is a statement that our indigenous identities can be a redeeming factor in healing our 'being' (that is, who we are as a people); help symbolize our determination to contribute what we ought to be 'doing' as a nation (that is--active, non-violent, radical transformation); and, determine how we will prioritize what we will be 'having' (that is, inclusive growth and national development based on justice and peace).

Asked what fuels his positive outlook in life: “It’s the influence of Jesus, a first century Palestinian carpenter who was executed by the imperial power of his time. He said: ‘Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.’ Jesus defied the ultimate negative factor in our cosmos--death.”

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