From backyard patch to community farm

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Save seeds and donate them to Haribon’s ‘Eat Collect Donate’ campaign

Save seeds and donate them to Haribon’s ‘Eat Collect Donate’ campaign

“Trees are very important to the environment. The beauty of trees makes me feel peaceful and inspires me to be the best version of myself,” said Geoffry Tobias, a businessman who recently donated 20 healthy mango saplings and dried mango seeds to Haribon Foundation.

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Tobias grew up in the northern side of the country, Ilocos Norte, that is known for mango farming. As someone who grew up in a mango farm, he prefers the fruit not only because it makes him nostalgic of his childhood days but he also likes its natural juicy sweetness and provides plenty of health be¬ne¬fits. “After eating mango, I get all the seeds, put them in small pots and grow them in my own garden. Mango trees are easy to grow and manage.”

Geoffry Tobias recently donated his seedlings to help Haribon’s partner communities augment their income

Geoffry Tobias recently donated his seedlings to help Haribon’s partner communities augment their income

After seeing a feature of Haribon Foundation’s Buhay Punlaan in cable network channel Net 25, he then decided to offer Haribon 52 mango seeds and 50 seedlings in his backyard.

Prior to this, Tobias said he wanted to find an organization that will support his vision of planting trees especially after seeing several being cut in his village. He recounted, “I really felt bad whenever I see trees being uprooted or cut down around me.” So he decided that it’s better to donate the ones he have at home to a group or organization like Haribon that will ensure growth of these trees.

The generous act of Tobias is a direct response to Haribon’s Eat, Collect, Donate campaign wherein it encourages individuals to save and donate seeds. The seedlings will be planted by Haribon’s partner POs (People Organizations) in their farm or community lots to propagate fruit trees that will potentially provide additional income to their families in the future.

Mango seedlings for replanting

Mango seedlings for replanting

Anyone can donate seeds to the foundation instead of throwing them in the trash. It’s a simple and effective way to help address urban waste and assist Haribon in its mission to augment communities’ source of livelihood.

Act. Make an Impact. Support Haribon. To join Haribon’s Eat, Collect, Donate, Adopt-A-Seedling (AAS), Nurture-A-Seedling (NAS) programs, and Tree Planting Activities, call: +63 (2) 421-1209 and/or email: act@haribon.org.ph to make a donation today!

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