Cebu Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association was conceived in a matter of minutes, literally. The founding members were all attendants of the seminar on natural farming system conducted by the Department of Agriculture in July 2006. It was the last day of a series of seminars for the whole month of July when a DA personnel suggested to the attendees to form an association to put meaning to what they had learned from the seminar. Everybody was agreeable to the idea so, right then and there, just before the seminar came to a close, they decided to elect a set of interim officers. Thus COFGA was born.
COFGA is an association of organic farmers whose primary objective is to make farming a sustainable livelihood for years to come. The indiscriminate use of inorganic fertilizers and chemicals by most farmers in the country today to get quick and often bountiful harvest has exhausted the soil most of its nutrients such as minerals that are naturally abound in nature. In this regard, COFGA members will try to do something in terms of advocacy seminars and trainings in local communities and try to foster ties with LGUs and other private sectors.
COFGA is a SEC-registered non-profit non-government organization in the Philippines. Being a non-profit organization, we mostly source our funds from outside sources such as private individuals and companies in the form of financial grants or donations. These financial aids will enable us to conduct free trainings and seminars on organic farming techniques to marginalized farmers around Cebu province.
Aside from the seminars and trainings, we also aim to establish cooperations with local government units to put up projects that would alleviate poverty in rural areas as well as urban communities.
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