Negros Nine Demo Farm
In 2006 the Foundation bought 12 hectares of titled land in the mountains of Kabankalan at a place called Bantolinao to help the surrounding subsistence farmers, many whom were members of the KKs started in the 70s. The situation of the farmers continues to detoriate as their land becomes more and more eroded and unproductive. The poor cannot afford to experiment or take risks in their farming methods as it could mean certain hunger if they failed. The demo farm was set up to show that changes need to be made and that new and better ways are possible. The farmers are being introduced to sustainable methods of agriculture. Not only are these cheaper but because they are organic they are more healthy for them and the environment. Sustainable agriculture uses local resources without endangering the needs of future generations.
(from the Webmaster’s perspective)
We guaranteed a 7-kilometer bumpy ride. (How’s that for an adventure?) You will understand deeper, the importance of farm to market road.
So why visit Negros Nine? More visitors may spell sooner road improvements and electricity. But the main reason can be summed up in three words, “people”, “place” and “dream”.
Fr Brian Gore, from Western Australia, was ordained in 1968 and then came to the Philippines, where he was assigned to the southern part of Negros Occidental, at that time in the Diocese of Bacolod but since 1987 the Diocese of Kabankalan, an area where the Columbans have worked since 1950.
We are promoting a programme of subsistence farming in the parish of Oringao, in the mountainous hinterlands of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, where I worked from 1975 to 1984. I no longer work as parish priest but coordinate any parish related matters with the present parish council. In the old days we were able to organize rallies of up to 10,000 community members determined to protest against abuses by the military, government officials and landlords. We were seen by the Marcos regime as a threat to established power. Seldom before on Negros Island had the poor found a way to stand up to the wealthy and powerful.
You can make a difference
You can help the Negros Nine in so many ways