Heirloom Rice blog

[caption id="attachment_616" align="aligncenter" width="498"] Congratulations to the Rice Terraces Farmers Cooperative[/caption] The Provincial Government of Ifugao through its Project on the Certification of Ifugao Products awarded a Certificate of Recognition to the Rice Terraces Farmers Cooperative (RTFC) as a producer of an Ifugao certified product. The RTFC...

As Director of RICE, Inc., I walk many painful miles through the terraces to attend local meetings with the farmers and provide training sessions.  I am often invited into the homes of the farmers to share a meal and visit. The faces of the farmers and...

Rowena B. Gonnay from the Kalinga, Philippines visited Turin as a delegate to the Salone del Gusto and Slow Food Terra Madre 2012. This is her experience… Originally posted at Slow Food Terra Madre Voices "Attending the global Terra Madre meeting in 2010 was a milestone in...

[caption id="attachment_571" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Poster at Slow Food Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto[/caption] The Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project is again well represented at the 2012 Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre, which is happening this week October 25-October 29 in Turin, Italy. Vicky Garcia heads our delegation...

On May 5, 2012, Rose Soneff and the Global and Community Action Committee of the Kamloops United Church (BC, Canada) hosted “Raising More than Rice” a delicious Filipino dinner and a narrated slideshow about the terraces and the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project. [caption id="attachment_545" align="aligncenter" width="510"]...

Rose Soneff of Kamloops, British Columbia saw a picture of the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project (Philippines) in the beautiful 2011 Fair Trade Federation/Fair Trade Resource Network calendar. After contacting FTF member Eighth Wonder, Inc. for more information, Rose and her family visited the project and...

2011 was a tough year on many fronts. Typhoons causing floods, landslides and loss of lives had a devastating effect on the mountain provinces. Many terraces with standing crops were destroyed and roads and bridges crucial to moving food and supplies in and out of...

[caption id="attachment_408" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Vicky and Jimmy with Carlo Petrini, Slow Food's founder and president"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_409" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Lamen Gonnay shares his experiences as a farmer and leader within the Kalinga community"][/caption]     In June 2011, Vicky Garcia and project farmers Lamen Gonnay and Jimmy Lingayo joined...

[caption id="attachment_392" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Rowena Gonnay speaking at conference in India"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_399" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Farmers share experiences in developing organic fertilizers from indigenous materials"][/caption]           Project farmers Rowena Gonnay and Jimmy Lingayo were invited by the Deshpande Foundation’s Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in Hubli, India to speak...

[caption id="attachment_375" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Mary and Vicky-- Welcome to the 2010 Terra Madre"][/caption] Three years ago I began the process of nominating the heirloom rice of the Cordillera region to the Slow Food Foundation’s “Ark of Taste”. It seemed like a logical step in the effort...