What grounds us

Bayanihan

What we believe in

Good, clean, fair food for all becomes possible when it is a shared goal of the urban poor, rural food producers, and citizens.

We can transform our food systems through building collective power founded in solidarity with the urban poor. As a grassroots movement, we believe ripple effects can be made by creating communities of practice and coalitions across multiple stakeholders: urban poor communities, civic groups, church, social enterprises, the youth, the local businesses and local government units, among many others.

What emerged

Not only did the plants organically grow, but so did the minds and hearts of those involved. Skepticism gave way to curiosity, constraints became creative opportunities. Everyone’s commitment to the vision, openness to collaborate, and eagerness to learn helped the gardens grow and thrive. Every urban grower, cluster, and partner organization contributed to each other’s growth while acknowledging the need to have fun and build close supportive relationships with one another.

As an ecosystem, Food Today, Food Tomorrow is made possible through a coalition of rural smallholder farmers within GFC’s network, the urban growers in Payatas, PLM, activists and advocates for food justice, and young volunteers. In Food Today, we are able to sustain the Kusinang Bayan or community kitchens through the fresh organic produce from our rural farmers and the help of our organizers. In Food Tomorrow, we train the urban growers to sustain their own food gardens through their active participation and the shared insights from organic agriculturists. Through Slow Food Sari-sari and its numerous supporters, we have started to replicate the community garden in another site in Quezon City.

(Next: Pamana)

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