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Sto. Domingo Food Forest
Sto. Domingo Food Forest
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Barangay Caridad, Bago City, Negros Occidental, PH
+6334 7078325
Climate zone:
Wet/Dry Tropical

Ammon Felix Flordeliza Harris Richard Larson
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Sto. Domingo Food Forest

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Work started on the property in February 2008. The initial direction was to try out different technologies in search of a sustainable means of producing healthy food, compile records and write a computer program to run the farm. It has evolved into a food forest project guided by permaculture tenets and application of its principles.

Project Description

Sto. Domingo Orchard is a young orchard of 3.5 hectares that was started in late 2008. The farm is a cluster of 4 lots adjacent to each other whose owners have decided to work their land as a single unit. Each family helps in the farm chores or  designate a worker in his/her stead; ideally, one farmhand per hectare. More workers are hired (occasionally) for special projects or when needed such as during harvest.

The property has been abandoned for some years because it has become unproductive. The initial task was to revitalize the soil; No petrochemicals will be brought into the property.

Located about 4 kilometers from Bago City Negros Occidental, the orchard is bounded by the national highway going to Brgy. Maao in the south and the Bago River in the north. The soil is mostly sand and clay with some loam area near the river; PH range of 5 to 5.6. The wind comes in strong from the north during the months of November to March and shifts to the opposite side the rest of the year. The river is not rich with fish because of silt from nearby quarry operations. The water tends to be salty during high tide.


Design elements added to our food forest

We have added swales to better hold water and check erosion by the riverbank. The food forest is also starting to yield fruits so we decided to start an apiary. Our vermiculture and simple composting methods are working well for our needs.

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