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The Friends of ENCA Farm Newsletter

Winter Edition/Year End, 2015
Happy Holidays to all the 
Friends of ENCA Farm

As 2015 draws to a close all of us at Friends of ENCA Farm would like to send a heartfelt thank you to our supporters. It has been a impactful year of financial support and program expansion for Friends of ENCA Farm. Thank you for helping us support organic farming and environmental preservation in the Philippines. 

Happy holidays and wishes for a very special 2016 to all! 

Sherry Manning
Founder and Executive Director
Friends of ENCA Farm
News From the Field: 
One Day Seed School is a Success 

On Thursday, December 17th the Municipal Hall in Tublay, Benguet, Philippines filled with over 70 eager farmers for the launch of Seed School. During the program farmers learned the history of seeds, why they are critically important to local bio-diversity preservation, and all participants learned to save wet tomato seeds and the basics of saving biennial crops (such as carrots and cabbage take two years to flower and produce seeds). 

In the coming months, we will be conducting follow-up meetings with farmers who expressed interest in joining the seed saving trial program. Friends of ENCA Farm will distribute organic seeds to the farmers that meet our requirements and will conduct field trials with these initial seeds to monitor the successes and challenges. We are incredibly excited to help this program grow after a successful first planting of "seed" earlier this month. 

Many thanks to the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance for sharing this program and their knowledge with us. 

Thanks to the Presbyterian 
Hunger Program
We are excited to share the good news that we have received our first grant from the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP). This $4,000 grant will support our on-going seed saving educational and training programs with Filipino farmers throughout 2016. 

To learn more about their programs and other organizations they support please visit the PHP website

5th Annual Nourish Event a Success!  

On Saturday, October 24th nearly 70 guests gathered for our 5th Annual Nourish Event at the Posner Center for International Development in Denver, Colorado. The event was a huge success. We raised over $4,700, and savored delicious Filipino cuisine prepared by acclaimed Guest Chef Yana Gilbuena of the Salo Series
The funds raised during the event will support the ongoing efforts from the Seed School and help ENCA Farm rebuild after severe damage to the Nipa huts during the recent Typhoon Lando. 
Please visit this link to see photographs from the event. A big thanks to all who attended and helped make our 5th Annual Nourish Event so successful! 
Filipino Recipe Corner  

Lechon (roasted pig) is a Filipino favorite at parties especially during the holiday season. Often seen as a sign of wealth, this slow roasted pig has a crispy skin that is hard to resist! Check out this great article from Pepper about how to prepare Lechon! 

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