Archive for June 2008

Healthy FOOD in our table

June 16, 2008

we keep complaining of the high cost of living. now that our gasoline bills are skyrocketing and everything else gets expensive, we need to think how we can afford to eat healthy and live well. my friends, tony and beth de castro have found the answer to a healthy and fulfilling life – caring for angelworms and growing organic food.

let me share about soilmates, yes SOIL MATES – the mates who produce black gold. lydia ,beth’s friend, coined the term while listening to tony and beth. with the food situation becoming worse, we must think of how to grow our own food and insure healthy food in our table. the solution lies with the angle worms, specifically the culture that they have brought to the earth a million years ago. worms are wonderful beings because they renew everything, from poison to bad bacteria into useful minerals – all the 27 minerals that life thrives on in this earth.

if i were an alien and wanted to find out how life is on this earth, i will take the angelworms. tony shared all the the research he found when starting to farm with the angleworms. he told us about the experiments with worms being fed with food injected with e-coli and salmonella. the worm’s shit was clear of any e-coli and salmonella bacteria. then they fed the worms with animal and human wastes. do you know what they found? the worms produced grade A bacteria that helped renewed soils that were depleted of minerals.think of your poso negro getting cleaned by worms without any service fees.

but the most important thing is that any land that has been abandoned /exploited,depleted and where plants fail to grow, the worms can renew in a short period of time, attracting good bacteria that spurs plant growth. the principle is simple – when the soil is healthy, the plants grow. feed the soil, and it will feed us. that is what angelworms do – they feed the soil with their shit and piss. so what do we feed the worms with ? everything that is biodegradable -our garbage! imagine all the garbage we produce and they recycle it into BLACK GOLD. from human waste to animal waste, from decaying food, kitchen waste to all the grass that is on our land – rice stalks,cogon stalks, name it, they will feed on it when in the stage of decomposition. when you walk in virgin forests and find the smell of moist soil, that’s the odor that healthy soil emits. that’s the odor of the shit the worms evict from their bodies. that’s the odor of black gold. amoy lupa is a most wonderful scent.

so why are we not caring for worms? why are we not mining the black gold that they produce ? because we are into fossil culture – we want oil, we eat oil, we breath oil.  urea, the fertilizer that agrifarms use all over the world is made from natural gas. we have been brainwashed that it is the only fertilizer for our plants and that the world cannot be fed unless our farms are using UREA. but now that many lands have been depleted of its natural minerals, urea cannot solve the problem. besides the price of urea goes high everythime the oil prices go up the skies. so every time there is a price hike in oil, there is food price hike too.

but that is not all – our HEALTH MAINTENANCE price goes up too, what with all the chemicals in our food! when our food is fertilized with urea, we eat the urea too. when the food is sprayed with pesticides, we eat the pesticides too. we eat chemicals – gasoline and dioxine and all the chemicals sprayed to rid plants of pests but they still get into our food. the chemicals get rid of us too by contracting cancer and all those incurable diseases. even flower enthusiasts get cancer from growing orchids and other flowers sprayed with pesticides.

so what do we do? let’s get worms growing in our backyards. let’s do zero waste garbage with worms composting. lets plant healthy food and grow them with vermicast and vermitea ( worm shit and piss) in our own gardens and idle lands.

let’s do it now! contact tony and beth. buy the vermicast, 30 pesos per kilo and renew your gardens this week. buy a kilo of worms with a 10 day food supply for P1100 from tony and beth. the one kilo of worms will serve your garden for 10 years. your angel worms will multiply every day, 1000 worms will be 2000 worms each day until all the biodegradable food in your house, in your street, in your community ,even in your town or city will be zero-waste. you can produce more than 10-12 kilos of vermicast for every worm bed you make. what you feed the worms, you get in exact weight in their shit.

LEARN the business sense of organic culture – you can sell the worms, the vermicast, vermitea, the organic plants, the organic vegies, herbs, fruits, flowers ,even organic rice! tony and beth started as professors of literature and psychology. now they are farmers and entreprenuers. they are happy and spiritually connected with the land. their lifestyle is something to copy and replicate.

VISIT ECOPARK, LA MESA DAM, ANGELWORM SANCTUARY. 9 am to 4 pm. look for rogelio and the angelworm sanctuary farmers. you can invite tony and beth for a short term learning session with your club or association. they can also design your community gardens and enliven the social life of your children by including them in the design and execution of healing gardens.

writing three books in one

June 1, 2008

this may has been very busy with ed and i. we are trying to write three books, prepare for the 60th wedding anniversary of my parents and paint each day to make it to ed’s august show. but it is the writing that really drives me to a pace i have never gone into. i sleep in the book, wake up in the book and use all my thinking power in the book. if there is a book driven woman, that’s me today.

last friday, ed and i went to peta’s 40th anniversary. they launched their storybook and it has a thousand pages! wow, that’s a feat producing stories that span 40 years. i went out to find out how they did it. first, it took ten years and there was a long procession of editors,writers,artists and managers. after a long delay , it took three women : beng cabangon, laura samsom and brenda fajardo to get the book written and launched.

i told ed” we dont have ten years to get the villaribas’ story of 60 years” and ed smiled at me. tonight we are still at the computer selecting, editing, finetuning the book that turned out to be three books. i emailed my siblings and told them to start promoting the books so we can get sponsors for the press run. why are we doing three books all at the same time? well, for one, my parents will never have another golden wedding. they are already in their bonus years and 60 years of marriage is the grandest event of their life. also, it is timely to get our clan honoring our parents, what their legacy is. the first book is all about love and life . the second book is the educational ideas, reflections and practices of my father and mother . they have been teachers since 1947. my father taught for 60 years while my mother taught for 39 years. the third book is our essays on lucena as a learning city, a proposal to widen the space and scope of learning. there are more than 200 photos and my headache revolves around who gets more mileage because their pictures are already available. i have sent out appeals since last year to give me the latest family fotos. as usual, at the last minute, people are sending me their photos via email.

ed has a lot on his tray : he needs to go home frequently to naujan to care for inay. he also has to earn more money since it is tuition time and ayen needs funds in college. not to mention a budget for a laptap ,a camera and a new calculator. ed also has to finish 30 paintings for his show in gsis museum on august 1st-22nd.

on my part, i also have to work for isis and craft a roadmap for its new executive since she will be coming from another country, another culture. besides i need the money to support another child , not mine, but our yaya whose daughter angela is very bright.

becoming book driven is the best thing that has happen to me right now. i understand many things that my parents did for us. as i write the stories that my parents verbally transmitted, i see patterns in my own household. i see why i am the way i am as a mother, a wife and a daughter. i am sure my sisters too are beginning to appreciate all the work that i am throwing at them. every day, i call on them to do a hundred things – get interviews, check out details, ask where is nanay’s best friend, etc. making three books have led me to discover the little roads and creeks in our storyline. connecting them led me to a bigger community. finding a bigger community led me to remembering those who made it possible for us to be who we are. the books honor my parents as much as they honor a community where we belong and are loved.

i suggest to friends to do the same for their parents and families. write books. write as if this is the best thing that you can do while your parents are still alive and smiling.


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