There will always be a green and bountiful Christmas for Maria Consolacion “Mayang” Baylosis, an organic farming grandmother from Barangay Kauswagan, Panabo City, Davao Del Norte after she began planting 12 kinds of vegetables in her 200 square meters land, providing her family with 1,700 weekly income.
Mayang had made a paradigm shift in her practice and development perspective 3 years ago after she realized that producing and maintaining 50 varieties/lines of rice over and over again for the past decades wasn’t a practical thing to continue in the face of a threat from a banana plantation, depriving her farm with regular source of water. She was challenged by Jun Galenzoga, who was starting with his responsibility as Cluster Coordinator of Agro-Eco Philippines in Davao Region, to be positive and to venture into vegetables gardening. From that moment on, Mayang began to bounce back better.
Her skills as a farmer-scientist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX8Bb2y-EnY and farmer-entrepreneur https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JssRRASQJzw are better utilized now with her engagements at different levels.
Mayang delivers her fresh organic vegetables directly to her partner-consumers (mga suki) in Panabo City; at the weekly market in Ateneo de Davao University before the COVID-19 period; and now at Malling-Kawaz Store in Davao City http://agroecophilippines.org/farmer-managed-organic-store-opens-today/ where she is also one of the key officers of the Social Enterprise Committee directly managing the operations of this farmer-owned Organic Products Store.
Her farming practices and inspiring story of agroecological transformation caught the attention of the officials of Panabo City and those from the Department of Agriculture, making her one of the contenders of the Luntiang Pamumuhay Kontra COVID-19 (find out more from this link https://www.facebook.com/panabocityofficial/posts/take-part-and-join-panabo-citys-luntiang-pamumuhay-kontra-covid19-a-backyard-gar/4502470329779301/) – for providing the farming families with concrete ways in addressing the social impacts of this pandemic.