I am Susan Tagle, a non-profit organizer in Northern California. I am organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Caroline Galvez.
Caroline is a good friend, a lesbian land steward/farmer in a two and a half acre ecosystem in the Northern Philippines they call The Pitak Project (TPP). This January 2023 they hope to start a market garden, a social enterprise that is also a demonstration farm, CSA (community supported agriculture), and school for other small holder farmers in her village. For the past years, Caroline has invested in her knowledge and skills in permaculture, natural farming, JADAM, regenerative agriculture and vegetable production. After their holistic management self-taught process, they realized that transforming a former rice field into a market garden is not created by bootstrapping so they need help. She, and her partner Cye, a breast cancer warrior still undergoing treatment, have hurdled through their worst personal trials the past three years and they are now ready to put their plans to work.
I am helping them fundraise for start-up costs associated with their venture. Your donations will fund:
Poly tunnels/Caterpillar tunnels
Fencing/ Wind Breaks
Fabricated Hand Tools
Weed Barriers, Crop/Row Covers, Trellising
Washing Station/Cold Room
Walkways and Hardscapes
Pond for Aquaculture
“Most of my life I’ve been participating in movements to create new power that works for the common good because our vision is an abundant future – a happy and healthy people and planet. We believe that if we want to live in the present and not fear about uncertain times, we need to create the change we want to see. The market garden is our solution to address connection and community because growing food brings people together – it is a way to build a movement that connects and works with nature. With the market garden, we want to create a hands-on learning space that promotes awareness on regeneration including people’s health and well-being that rejuvenates rural communities especially our town. We want to show that women lead community supported small scale farm, growing in a regenerative way can thrive. We want to showcase a holistic enterprise that grows assets to pay forward that will be reinvested in nature and community.
Before I end, we want to thank you for believing and sticking with us, in sickness and in health, throughout our nine years at The Pitak Project. We love you and we love the work we do and the impact it creates in our communities and planet. It means a lot to us and we want to continue for as long as we can. We hope that you’ll share our fundraiser with your community that creates a ripple effect of love and giving.”
Carol and Cye