Our newsletters might have been quiet in September but the OPM wheels were certainly churning. Between Luchie and I, we travelled about 30,000 kilometers last month as part of OFW para sa Magsasaka operations, and very excitingly, to move us nearer to everyone’s passion – CHOCOLATES! Luchie will be talking about her US trip in the next letter as she tried to understand more the craft of fine chocolate-making. It started with her completion of her chocolate-making course at Ec
Part of our pre-awarding process in OPM is to ensure our farmers are educated even financially. They must understand what partnership means and what their responsibilities are once they enroll their farm with OPM. We are happy to gain the support of the Agriculture Training Institute of Region 13 in this endeavor, one of the Philippine Department of Agriculture’s agencies, on this two-day training before we sign contracts with the farmers. Part of what they learn is how to ma
We are proud to announce that OPM, launched just last April 2016, is now ready to roll out partnership for the first twenty hectares of cacao farms constituting our first “seed cycle”. Intercropped with other agricultural products, our cacao farms will be championed by Magkiangkang farmers in Agusan Del Sur, Philippines. We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to the Charter Investors – OFWs and our non-Filipino friends who put their trust and full supp
Welcome Flores de Mayo! The month of newly-elected leaders of the Philippines, the month of flowers, of continuous warmth of summer, and here in OPM, the month of continuous growth. May springs. April was unforgettable here at OPM because of the success of the first Bayanihan in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur in Barangay Magkiangkang. Even as we write this, we are still amazed at how everything happened so fast, yet so cohesively. Together with Iman, seven cacao doctors (classmates
Sixty days after its conception, OFW para sa Magsasaka implements its first Bayanihan project. Eight cacao doctors, 70+ attendees on its training day. Cacao farm management, integrated pest and disease management, and post-harvest were taught, and a dialogue to understand how OFWs can assist in growing cacao farms.
We thank the good people of Barangay Magkiangkang, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur and we look forward to seeing you again this July! Click on the picture to play the v
Welcome to the first newsletter of OFW para sa Magsasaka (OPM)! What was a tiny idea created on February 14, 2016 is now a live, breathing social enterprise! Thanks to many of you, we’ve already exceeded the 10-hectare minimum we have set in the beginning, though our seed is still open to accepting participants until May 15, 2016. With more hectares to farm, it just means more profits for investors like you and simply many more farmers we can help. All these happened because