Or­ganic trad­ing post es­tab­lished in Bus­tos, Bu­la­can

WITH THE AIM of pro­mot­ing “happy, healthy, heal­ing” or­ganic food for a health­ier com­mu­nity, an or­ganic trad­ing post was re­cently es­tab­lished at Bonga Menor, Bus­tos, Bu­la­can.

Agriculture - - Contents - BY ANGIE M. VEN­ERA­CION

The pro­ject, called the Bus­tos Or­ganic Trad­ing Post, was spear­headed by MarkVic Tan­cangco and fam­ily. It is hoped that fam­i­lies in search of or­ganic pro­duce will pa­tron­ize it for their needs.

The trad­ing post only sells or­gan­i­cally grown meat, fruits, and veg­eta­bles; if th­ese are not avail­able nearby, the items are sourced from sup­pli­ers in other com­mu­ni­ties. The staff makes make reg­u­lar trips to Baguio to buy pro­duce from an or­gan­i­cally cer­ti­fied farm to en­sure that their clien­tele will have a con­tin­u­ous sup­ply. The trad­ing post also en­cour­ages farm­ers from nearby ar­eas to plant or­gan­i­cally and co­or­di­nate their plant­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for a bet­ter mix of pes­ti­cide­free pro­duce. This also ben­e­fits the farm­ers, who may sell their pro­duce di­rectly to the post, avoid­ing mid­dle­men and en­joy­ing bet­ter prices for prod­ucts.

Also es­tab­lished was the Bus­tos Or­ganic Restau­rant, which of­fers de­li­cious meals from the or­ganic pro­duce of the trad­ing post. It ad­vo­cates for the com­mu­nity to eat healthy, and this is re­flected in their motto: “Let your food be your medicine, let your medicine be your food.”

This early, the trad­ing post is al­ready pop­u­lar. Walk-in clients come and buy pro­duce; nearby cus­tomers can en­joy phon­ing in their or­ders for de­liv­ery. Good ser­vice on top of good, fresh prod­ucts helps the Bus­tos Or­ganic Trad­ing Post cul­ti­vate reg­u­lar and sat­is­fied clients.

Markvic Tan­cangco with Art Ven­era­cion in front of the per­ma­nent store of the Or­ganic Trad­ing Post. (In­set): Their ad­vo­cacy is clearly stated in their tar­pau­lin sig­nage.

Avail­able for sale at the trad­ing post are freshly butchered or­ganic pork, and fresh straw­ber­ries and veg­eta­bles sourced from an or­ganic farm in Baguio.

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