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Cabiokid is a permaculture development site located in a 13 ha property in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija on the island of Luzon, Philippines. Its name is a contraction of the words Cabiao, bio and bukid. The latter means field in Filipino. The development site is located about 90 km north of Manila and serves as an integrated farm designed and managed in accordance with permaculture ethics and principles.

As what it stands for encompasses more than farming, it is also an experimental site for applied permaculture in the fields of education, technology, engineering and local economics. Cabiokid feels the need to stress other aspects of this discipline as it was created not only to prevent the negative effects of industrial agriculture and GMO based food production. It is also as a reaction to the imbalance in climate change, unsustainability of fossil fuel use, and stark inequality among people and resources.

The land used to be solely devoted to rice farming, which was grown using lots of chemicals and other non-sustainable inputs. 

In May 2001 however, work was done to redesign and reorient the use of the land by restoring the soil to its original wealth. Many local crops and plants have been introduced over the past years making the farm a wealth of species. Its grounds host more than  1000 plant species, and almost all of these are endemic flora. Many of them are also rare or endangered species.

Currently the land is being farmed according to the  principles of nature. It provides space for animals and humans alike in a harmonious bond where waterways and ponds dot the landscape. Trees and tree based farming techniques are introduced to radically change the way farmers and most of us look at farming and development. Only organic farming methods are being applied in the area.

In addition, the farm introduces other livelihood opportunities related to the nature based technologies. Through these technologies, farmers will appreciate the endless possibilities, which are readily provided by nature. However, since the farm is part of the vast expanse of the central Luzon plains, rice still remains a major crop on the farm.

Our products are locally made and organically produced on site. We also include other goods and foodstuffs from our partners in sustainable development. The site features other NGOs by helping them sell their products including wines, jams, and jellies. CABIOKID makes it sure that the use of local and organic products is practiced.

Vision

Ours is a world of small, self-sustaining, adaptive, inter-connected communities that respect, learn from, and live in harmony with the natural environment.

Mission

Ours is the model permaculture development site and the leading community-enabling permaculture organization in Southeast Asia.

Goals

Our organization and the communities we connect to promote gaining knowledge from the natural system and using sustainable technologies; protect nature by using regenerative resources and prioritizing endemic flora and fauna; produce varied products all year round to meet local needs and process products at the local level using natural materials with simple, feasible technologies that are not harmful to the environment.

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