Gil Carandang

Gil Carandang

Gil and his vegetables

Gil Carandang:

I have always said as a farmer and environmentalist, my advocacy is not in service of humanity, but rather in service of nature.  If we take care of nature, nature shall take care of us.

It is the first 3-6″ of soil that really sustains us (humanity). Everything starts and ends with this “living soil”.  The life in the soil, the “fire” in this soil, is the component of microorganisms.  It is this microorganisms plus carbon (the basis of life) in the soil, that creates the “living soil”.

I’ve been working to promote farming techniques that create sustainable agriculture practices.  Combining biointensive and microbial techniques, we can produce surprisingly large quantities of nutrient rich food per small land area.

When we talk about food produced in this fashion, we refer not just to food, but sustainable food, food that is produced to produce life not “death” like conventional agriculture.  Food that produces life for us and life for the soil which sustains us.

Gil’s background:

Gil is the president of Independent Organic Inspectors Association of the Philippines (IOIAP) and Pilipinas Certification (PilCert). He is also an accredited international organic inspector of Ecocert S.A. of Germany. He was a former board member and technical director of Organic Producers and Trade Association of the Philippines (OPTA).

A Fulbright scholar and engaging teacher, Gil is a passionate advocate for empowering farmers to harness the indigenous life of the soil right on their farms. Mr. Carandang is a graduate of the Apprenticeship program on Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Committed to life-long learning, Mr. Carandang has studied under many renowned scholars such as John Jeavons of Ecology Action in Willits, California on Sustainable Biointensive Mini-Farming and Dr. Han Kyu Cho of the Korean Natural Farming Association on Natural Farming Systems for Crops and Livestocks. He also apprenticed with natural farmers in Japan and attended workshops on Biodynamic Preparation with the Biodynamics Association of Northern California and the Permaculture Design Course with the Center for Natural Design in Los Osos, California.

Gil has lectured extensively on beneficial indigenous microorganisms both in the Philippines and the United States. He brings the technology of using indigenous microorganisms as another tool for sustainable farming. He is a sought-after lecturer on intensive and microbial organic farming technologies, organic farm designing, planning and farmscaping. He co-authored the Philippine National Standards for Organic Agriculture and is considered the Father of Organic Farming in the Philippines. Mr. Carandang is 32nd degree Scottish Rite, Free & Accepted Masons of California.


  • eman

    Hi Sir Gil,
    Thank you so much sa lahat ng information na ibinabahagi nyo sa mga katulad kong baguhan sa natural farming. Tanong ko lang po kung maaari namin kayong puntahan sa Calamba para makita namin ang inyong farm at higit sa lahat matuto kami sa inyo? May grupo kami sa Laguna na ang pangalan ay iHELP (International Holistic Engagement for Life & Progress)na kasalukuyang tumutulong sa mga member ng Pantawid Pamilya Program (o CCT Conditional Cash Transfer). More or less ay nasa 30,000 families ang tinuturuan namin ng FDS (family Development Session)on a regular basis. May mga plano kaming livelihood programs/projects para sa kanila para ma-iangat ang mga buhay nila. Baka makatulong sa kanila itong natural farming na ang gamit ay mga container.

    Anong day next month kami pwedeng dumalaw sa inyo sa Calamba?
    Thank you po!

  • Peter Paul Calderon

    Hi Sir Gil,

    Would like to know if any of the recipes indicated can be used for orchids? Do you have prepared products like growth fertilizer etc. for sale?
    Iam from san pedro laguna and an orchid hobbyist. Are you staying here in the philippines?


    Pete Calderon

    • Patrick

      Hey Pete,

      Gil lives in Calamba where his farm is. But he sells veggies in the market in Makati every Saturday. He also sells prepared recipes there, you can buy from there if you’d like. We could also ship maybe if you need, we don’t normally do that.


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