We’ve all heard of the farm-to-table initiative of some restaurants to help local farmers earn more and for customers to consume relatively healthier and chemical-free dishes. But have you ever heard of the table-to-farm initiative?
That’s right, there is now a table-to-farm movement that helps farmers grow their own plants through fruit and vegetable seeds that households were about to throw away. The initiative, called Seed Nation PH, helps Aeta farmers from Zambales who were, and still are, affected by the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption. (List: Fruits and Vegetables You Can Re-Grow From Leftovers)
Seed Nation PH is a project of Make A Difference (MAD) Travel, a social-tourism company which helps not only the Aetas of Zambales, but also the Dumagats of Rizal and Altas of Aurora. The movement started when MAD Travel visited Zambales, and a chieftain of the Aeta tribe mentioned that instead of financial assistance, they would appreciate it more if they were given seeds they could plant.
“It’s okay, you can keep your money. If you can give me seeds, that would be much better,” said the tribe leader.
Seed Nation PH
That’s when MAD Travel thought of starting an initiative of giving different seeds for different fruits and vegetables to the Aeta farmers in Zambales. (Read: Here’s Why You Must Try Urban Gardening, According to Miss PH Earth 2020)
Seed Nation PH first provided them with ube seeds from the Good Shepherd Convent and now, they have partnered with various restaurants and companies to provide these farmers with seeds they could plant in their lands. Even popular coffee place Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) has partnered with Seed Nation PH!
Not only that, even individuals can take part in the initiative! Anyone who’s interested may contact Seed Nation PH through their Instagram to know how they can donate seeds to the Aeta farmers.