The first shipments of rice were hand-pounded and hand-winnowed by the farmers. There were no appropriate machines for processing, facility space for working, or warehouses for storage.
In Kalinga and Ifugao we began looking for available spaces where the final winnowing and packing into 25kg bags could be done. In Kalinga, Lam-en Gonnay was able to use his contacts to secure a vacant space in the Livelihood Products Center in Bulanao. In Ifugao, some of the guest houses allowed the farmers to use their courtyard space.