Farming Advocacy for Churches
A group of 11 men from different churchesmet this morning of May 26. It was anexploratory talk about the need toreconsider the importance of farming andthat churches need to actively take part inleading communities to do so.Those in the forum were: Gracepoint CMrepresented by Pastor Joel Alfonso and Bro.Rolly; Pastor Lito Panizales, InternationalBaptist church of Tagaytay; Pastor Edmondof Pasig City; Pastor Danny San Agustin of Siniloan, Laguna; Pastor Joel Togle,WFAlumni engaged in bee farming; Pastor OnieMacarilay, WF alumni; Pastor Mel Berra, Imus; Ptr. Michael Bausin and Pastor Romy Hintay of WhiteFields and me (Pastor Leo). We were hosted by EJ Espiritu the owner of the farm where we held ourfellowship.Each participants shared their observationsabout the depleting interest of people infarming, the difficulties of farmers,marketing dilemmas, and exploitation bymiddlemen who earn more than the farmerswho do all the work.Poverty and scarcity of food due to lowagricultural production were also discussed.Among the participants, there are those whoare very much into farming; Pastor DannySan Agustin does have an on-going farming;Pastor Romy Hintay has a 5-hectar lot that does not have irrigation. Pastor Lito Panizales has a back yardin his church plus he is leading a group of pastors in Tagaytay who is exploring technologies. EJ runs thefarm where we are holding the meeting. Pastor Joel and I would want to organize neighborhood insubdivisions to forma cooperative for farming purposes which would attract contacts for Bible studies.Pastor Joel Togle has an expertise of bee farming. Pastor Boy Alinio who works in Samar was not able toboard a boat that will get him to Luzon so he can participate in the exploration. Pastor Boy has anon-going faith farm in Region 8, the Waray region of Easter Visayas.After generating a common reflection on the significance of this advocacy, the whole group agreed inconsensus about the need to organize, lay down the basic objectives and plan the next steps.