THE GOOD Food Community, formed in 2011 by a group of students, holds “Good Food Sundays” every first and third Sundays of the month at Green Daisy, a restaurant on 20 Maginhawa St., Quezon City.
Its website (goodfoodcommunity.com) talks about “growing a sustainable society that nourishes everyone—you, the farmers, the land and generations to come…”
The main goal of the community is to create a link between producers and consumers, “create a space where people understand where their food comes from,” said Charlene Tan, The Good Food Community CEO and cofounder.
It also wants to build trust, an essential element to make agriculture sustainable.
Aside from “Good Food Sundays,” it also promotes “Community Shared Agriculture,” an idea that makes ordinary people stakeholders in the advocacy. A three-month subscription comes with a weekly basket of fresh, organic and seasonal products, and the opportunity to interact with farmers and fellow consumers.
Tan said that the community is all about sharing information and ideas for people to understand the food they consume, how they consume it, and propose a new approach of sustainable consuming.
It’s also about organic farming, learning to respect the environment and eating healthy food.
Diversity of products
“Good Food Sundays” offers a diversity of products: David Lina’s Just Eggs, organic eggs from free-range chickens; Earth Desserts’ vegan cookies, peanut butter and brownies; Kayumanggi Organics’ Coconut nectar, sugar and rustique cacao.
Most products are made by family business ventures in their own farms or even gardens. All of them share the same ideal of producing food for themselves, and not relying as much as possible on industrial products they consider unhealthy and disrespectful to the environment.
“We have to consider organic production and distribution on another scale,” said Jabez Flores, a farmer supporter and manager. “People need to think first about how communities can feed themselves instead of thinking how some farmers can produce for the whole world.”
Often asked about the higher prices of organic products, Jabez replied that people should wonder why industrial products are sometimes so cheap.
Working hard for their ideals, the Good Food Community members are extremely motivated to keep promoting organic farming and solutions for sustainable agriculture.
Meet them in person. See you at Green Daisy.
Visit goodfoodcommunity.com; like its Facebook page, Good Food Community