AGHAM, in a memorandum of understanding with the local farmers' association -- the San Joseph Chapel Growers' Association and the Kalingap Marikina Watershed, came into terms in unifying the basis for cooperation and the terms of reference for the whole project. A project team was formed to ensure that all activities set are implemented. Education activities were initiated and training of local leaders have been conducted. Active participation among all cooperators and beneficiaries have been constantly sought. Organizing is observed in all phases of the project. Networking is ensured in all planned activities. Timely evaluations after each and every activity was conducted.
Disintegration of the project team and the organizations involved is the only hindrance that can prevent the success of the project.
On the first year, the project hopes to cultivate the first three (3) hectares of the whole area. Aside from reforesting the uppermost part of the land, the middle and lower portions have been planted with vegetables and fruit bearing trees. At the end of this stage, the farm hopes to supply the needed vegetables of the 100 participating families.
By year 2, the remaining parcel of 4 hectares should have been cultivated. The number of participating families doubled. And food production will be enough for all 200 farmers households.
At the end of year 3, the whole seven hectares was covered with hardwood and fruit-bearing trees on the upper and middle portion. The sloping and flat grounds are covered with organically-grown vegetables and rice. By this year, the farmers' produced should be more than enough for the families consumption, thus increasing their household income as well.
If so, how?
The project hopes to show how untapped arable lands can be made productive to the segment of the Philippine population whose lives depend solely on farming but are not able to realize their own full potential, because of lack of land to till. Also, the project aims to demonstrate how organic agriculture is a more sustainable farming technology for small farmers. And how reforestation can eventually impact in climate change mitigation. These results can eventually aid in policy formulation and enactment.