Finding sustainable ways to maintain an organic farm is always a challenge.
The Stairway farm up in Baclayan provides fresh vegetables for the feeding program at the Mangyan School. However to keep the farm running, we are looking into alternative ways to develop products that can compete in our local markets. One of the greatest successes has been the production of COCO JAM! Seemingly, no one can resist the taste. Labour intensive, but well worth the effort, the farm can produce about 40 jars a month. But these jars have no time to reach outside of Stairway because they are consumed before they can be sold! Everyone in Stairway can attest to this. “It tastes of my childhood!” says one guilty person who had just spread a spoonful of cocojam on a slice of bread. One wonders why there isn’t more cocojam available in the market, since there is coconut available all year round.