Mindano Center and Farm

WODEEF Learning Center and Farm in Davao on the island of Mindanao:

  • Conducts lectures and demonstrations on sustainable farming technologies
  • Oversees a reforestation program
  • Provides seedlings to the indigenous farmers of the region
  • Grows crops to provide income for both the Farm and the Center in Cebu
Learning Center Inside

Inside the Learning Center at the WODEEF Farm

 

Learning Center Farmers

Some of the farmers gather at the Wodeef Learning Center to discuss how to plant the seedlings which will become fruit trees and hardwood trees.

 

Sister Luz and Julie

Sister Luz and Julie, the manager of the farm, discuss future projects for the farm.

The Wodeef Learning Center was built to house the staff of the Wodeef Farm and is used for seminars on sustainable agriculture and ecology. The Learning Center can sleep up to 15 people. A separate hut is seeking funding to be turned into a one-person spiritual retreat house.

THE FARM

Mindanao – The Wodeef Farm in Mindinao

The Wodeef Farm in Davao City was bought in December, 1999, as a gift from one of Wodeef’s donors. The Farm consists of 3-1/2 hectacres (approximately 9 acres) which were bare in 1999 except for a pond and 5 fruit trees.

Ecostery Center Entrance

Ecostery Center Entrance with Sister Luz and her staff

 

EcosteryFarm

The WODEEF Ecostery Farm

 

Ecostery Farm 2

The WODEEF Ecostery Farm

Since 2000, Wodeef has planted and begun to harvest the following:

  • 24 different varieties of fruit trees, including jackfruit, mangosteen, rambutan, lansones, guyabana, atis, mango, coconut, marant, star apple, avocado, pili nut, pomelo, tiasa, eba, duhat, cacao, coffee, banana, papaya, breadfruit, sineguelas.
  • 9 different varieties of hardwood trees, including molave, mahogany, lawaan, apitong, acacia, narra, kamagong, pine trees, African tulip,
  • 3 different varieties of softwood trees, including bacan, ilangilong, mlingon,
  • 2 rice fields
  • Plants, including kangkong plants, cocoa, coffee, peanuts
  • A fish pond with tilapia
  • Vegetable gardens with eggplant, alugbati, ginankong, tomato, pechay, mahunggay, radish, ampalaya, string beans, okra, aatola
  • Livestock consisting of 5 goats, 1 pig, 2 roosters, 5 dogs, a cat, 2 caribou, approximately 18 hens and 18 chicks.

The Farm oversees and manages a Seedling Program, funded by a grant, where farmers from the area are given 250 seedlings to plant as crops, which will give them a steady income.

FarmVegetableGarden

The Vegetable Garden on the Farm

 

Farm Caribou

One of the caribou owned by the farm to help plow the fields for planting

 

Farm Rice Field

A rice field on the farm

 

Farm Chickens

Chickens on the farm

 

FarmNursery

The Farm’s Nursery

 

Tilapia Fish Pond

The pond of Tilapia Fish