Thanks to you Papa and Mama. It was your 7th milestone and a new milsetone For me today.
This day I celebrate with joy and sadness.Joyfulness, to reach this point, sadness to leave my happy youth. Blessing and Gifts you have provided Lord I thank,and life I consider well gaited. Glad to cherish the moments and pray it would lasts. Please continue to give the strength, the wisdom to guide, determination and faith, hope and charity to move.
Browsing, browsing, reading, reading, watching, still cannot find a suitable solution that is made of bricks &/or CHB + technology, indirect) for the place. And if ever I find some leads, they don't show what I need. It only encourage people to yeah,its proven and lets do it for a better world. Or they will do it for us, and if ready made, like industrial type, that's too deep for BarnFeet pocket and using used drums, etc, it wont last.
what to do?, What if we do it ourselves, study the different types available, the chemistry of it and apply mechanical engineering to come up with the design?
I think we can convince a 2 or 3 some young ladies who will support the funding for it. We do hope the design to be available by year end and build it early 2014. Feasible?
Rationale: We have wood & bamboos and twigs, etc, turn this to a better quality charcoal than our current practice. Its wasteful and in-efficient. If we have enough livestock waste in future, the future bio gas can then be implemented and use to fire this charcoal kiln.
Just a thought, Maybe you can integrate an oven too?
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These 3 terms descriptions were modified a little bit to suit the present needs of BangarFarmland and its present capabilities while still preserving their very essence under our local setting;
We will be looking at this options in the coming months for those who;
1. Want to experience rural/ farm life.
2. Enhance their work experiences, skills and improve their resumes
3. Vocation, learning to know oneself.
When: As soon as 2HCY 2014.(May or June)
Where: at the farm
HOME STAYS-- These are people who want to experience homesteading experience for a reasonable fee for the services rendered and materials which will be used. The farm will offer the very basic necessities to create a meaningful experience. The period may last for 3 days 2 nights, or depending on how long is the preference and status of the farm and availability of personnel.
-Broadly defined, homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency & self reliance. Provisions of what you need will be available, help and support will be assigned to accompany you and guide you. Example ( How to cook rice on bamboo but before that, how to create your fire? how to catch night birds? and farm frogs? and at night?
Kibbutz- Please search this in the internet- A modified version is being conceptualized suitable for our needs.
-These are persons who want to experience work or do work for free in exchange for place to stay, food to eat and life experience. You will be working side by side with our team. This can last from 1 month to 3 months or more, depending on the situation. You may be even hired for some small projects that is planned. Of course we are not rich but we don't starve. If you have a skill, example (wood carving, bamboo basket weaving) you create, sell the product, we share the proceeds. We can discuss what is fair share for you.
This scheme can be further expanded. like, do you have a family, you want to stay there? This can be explored.
OJL - On the Job Learning- A minimal allowance is provided. Depending on lifestyle this may not be enough. Free farm style accommodation is provided but food and personal needs is excluded and can be arranged. The job is suitable for 2 year or 4 year Agriculturist/Horticulturist, Agronomist /Veterinarian or Husbandry or related discipline graduates in waiting for the result of their board examinations or next schooling or get immersed to real work life quickly. Expand the knowledge on the different aspects of SUSTAINABLE FARM LIFE as a career and livelihood using combination of different methods/practices on Biodynamic,NATURAL, Organic etc.
This may last from 2 or 3 to 6 months or more. 60/40% Physical work and paper work respectively can be expected. BangarFarmland is getting data and producing records. (Taxonomy, area status, weather and rearing of pilot live stocks, bamboo propagation, tree nursery all to be used for the place and starting to implement Sustainable farming).
At the end of your learning depending on the farm situation and your preference, you may be in for a long term or just put your achievements in your resume.
As a graduate, you are expected to have the initiatives to self supervised yourself and work with our team in accordance to the details of the agreement. Will report to the Director for Operations. More details will be discussed to shortlisted candidates. We are thinking for at least 2 Trainees at the same time (buddy buddy system) for each discipline or combination- Learn by doing to have an integrated skills (SALAD SKILLS), from sourcing, preparation, networking, post harvest, selling and management as a start and specialized as you move and evaluating your own self, "What do you like to be,How do you see yourself after this or in 5 years".
Catch this opportunity while the fund's last. I urged newly graduates to try and learn and establish your ideas together with us, who knows it works...
A specific terms and conditions for any on the 3 cases will be applied.
Please check the webpage for some insights of the place and what we have in mind- Sustainable farming, Trees and Bamboo Nurseries etc.. and where are we now. We are learning!
These two characters I consider my friends- they keep me company when I need them, I go away from them when I don't need them. Its my human side.
Thomas keep saying to me : To see is to believe.
My girl friend Faith keep saying to me (sssh..... Thom doesnt know shes my GF): I believe in you what ever you say. I'm yours, faithfully! But mind you, It took hard for me to get her YES. I went crazy, drink hard, throw expletives and do all those not written to get her, I felt demotivated and frustrated too, my elaborated plans is not working for her.
Well, what can I say?
In doing business money generation or whatever, we need to have both. Nobody will put trust if they don't see anything that will give them the reason to believe in the first place. If you have Faith then, she could energize and motivate you to carry on, like "anyway I am doing this for Faith".
However, There will be lots of Thomas out there who will engaged with us soon and if we cant prove our point by SHOWING our records, then were wasting their time and effort just as we do.
so what to do?
If you can MEASURE it, then you can CONTROL it.
That phrase is evident in every day life. try baking pastry?, or just Di-ning-deng or to humans, what about your wifey or hubby? . If we don't practice recording our data good or bad, what to show and how to analyze? Who will believe it?
Well, once Faith is with us, I am sure we can make it and keep Thomas with you when in doubt.
There are 4 key functions that will form BangarFARMland inc. to exercise the Vision.
Where are we now? : Development Phase II- Target : 2013-2014.
1. Business Operation (Husbandry, Eco park & Agro-forestry.)
2. Human Resource and Marketing ( Staff selection, Compensation, Business development, Code of business ethics
3. Administration ( Community Relationship, Property/Assets,Government Transactions,Rules and regulations
4. Legal/ Finance and Audit (Shareholder/Investor management, Sourcing and Procurement, Profit and Loss)
Based on above functions,
What: We will need to assign or hire people or service provider with appropriate skills and experience in due time- a person who wants and loves to do it and have a stake on the business success. Either from inside the family or outside. We need to recognize that these skills will dictate how we go about writing our history. Nobody wants it to become a folly.
When: By 2015 - we should have a functionally ready people to do it. We should speed up our actions to, gain experience, learn the intricacies of putting it up. So if anyone inside the family has finally decided, please inform immediately. You don't need to be there full time but if you want to learn and be useful, it is imperative that you be there.
Why: Its not straight forward. So many disappointments, many places and people to visit and inquire, and paper work has to be done at the same time learning the jargon of terminologies they use.as an example( how to get it titled? and "bahala ka na mam"?) and during the survey?. we got confused!
Where: Generally the people who would be running the operations should be available there at the place. Some functions like legal/finance and audit may be on an "on call service" via private consultants or service providers. These functions is mostly related to Government transactions like paying tax, registration, BOI maybe, so we could import tax free the equipment needed for our business if we qualify and some one got to prepare our financial statements, registration, compliance documents that is s required.
How: What comes first to your mind?
1. Money to pay the services?
2. Who to talk to?
3. Where to get these people?
4. Who will do to start this activity?
Lets discuss it one by one.
But before this, we should acknowledge that money alone cannot be the only factor- Developing and exercising our human relationship skills to establish long term partnership is a key to help us out, either you like it or you don't like it, we've got to, and your time dedicated just for this.
" from employee with rank to an entrepreneur mindset and style cannot be easily transformed" its takes a simple, "try it first!"
For Item 1. Money to pay the services
Revenue generation from available resources and future income there can be utilized. We could put up a fund just for this to kick start it. Easy!, right? No, not yet, until such time item 2, 3 and 4 is established. What about those pro-bono? or deferred payment schemes? or those who wished us succeed? do you know them? have you met them? did we tried searching?
Please remember ALTRUISM- This is the best word to define it. "You help them help you"
For Item 2: Who to talk to?
For the labor part, Although we have it internally sort of, we cant make use of it. Until such time she/he decided to go for it. We cannot stop time, In this case, we cant wait. We have to decide sooner or later. In the meantime, we need to continue searching, engaging people. Who knows, they are the one!
3. Where to get these people?
In any order, internal, our relatives, our friends and others. The key factor is, can do attitude and must have a stake on the business. If not, selection will be just similar to any company, Build it! If we can afford, Import it.
If interested but got no skills, everything else is pass, remember- skills can be learned, if your action name is initiative! & focus i.e (Simon Poe Jr. " Fire fly")
4. Who will do to start this activity?
There are 3 aspects to this.
- At the back end, anybody can help by utilizing the internet and share the info. and help those in the front line.
- At the fore front- they will need some funds. We can discuss this.
- The adviser, the connector, the fellow who has time to evaluate information, check with others and provide advises.
Now, who? -this I cannot answer. You tell me! then we act.
to be continued...............
Looking for a partner for your Farm/livestock business idea?
If these are all set, what can you do further as partners?
Following are possibilities with minimal investments
1. Home industries- Bamboo products and loom weaving, kitchen utensils., frames/building materials.
2. E- bamboo- processing of bamboo to become alternatives to traditional woods.
3. Small Carinderias with specific specialties aiming to form a full Restaurant/functions- majorirty of your meat and veggies can be harvested and processed right there.
4. Water/Ice- for tourists, and affiliate businesses.
5. Meat /Veggie/ processing, Papaya?
6. Rentals- Biking, rock climbing, harnesses, camp fire utensils/accommodations.
Planned future investments;
1. Building Challets- Based on bamboo and bamboo by products.
2. Swimming pool and recreation
3. Exclusive Memorial Place- the hobbit style
4. Chapel and rosary ground
5. Workshops- Carpentry/fabrication shops (wood/Bamboo/metal)
6. Biogas/Fertilizer processing- from livestock/ waste.
Helpful investments : we need this now.
1. Charcoal Making facility (Raw matl: Wood/ Bamboo): augment our rolling funds.
2. Hollow Blocks/ (concrete and clay): for development purposes
3. Thresher /Tiller/Hand tractor: to start organic composting, livestock feed concentration
...................................Anything that is related to the vision is possible.
1. Veterinarian/Agriculturist/Carve artisans/ Carpentry
2. Challette( Semi hotel) and Restaurant/Food Catering Management
3. Crooners and baristas
4. Butcher/ Chefs/Masons/landscaping/
5. Eco park operations- Zip line, Swimming pools, biking/hiking/ edu-tour managers, gimmicks,banners etc.
6. Training - Provide Or facilitator: On the job training, HomeStay or Kibbutz style
7. maintenance skills- electro-mechanical/automobile,
9. Flowers/Plant propagation/ arranger/supplier
10. What about function services like wedding planners?
11. What about call center? pwede?
Note: we expect to start our revenue generating operation by 2015 on selected businesses while we continue to develop the place.
Project Manager: BarnFeetPL