Welcome to Gil Carandang’s natural farming hub. We started this website because there is a lot of interest in natural farming coming from both small hobbyists and larger industrial scale farmers and gardeners. The appeal of sustainable agriculture like organic and natural farming is broad. It’s initial appeal is for clean and safe food. But at the end of the day, it goes far beyond that. It enhances and protects the environment from degradation, whereas traditional agriculture tends to be a major culprit of this phenomenon. When we start to see this environmental or ecological issue, we go beyond the sustainable food system of creating safe food, to a food system which will provide life. It is this holistic context of “food, health and environment” that has both universal and particular appeal to all segments of society.
We have a passion for the philosophies behind natural agriculture; appreciating the power and significance of nature and applying those lessons to our environment. Passion is infectious – we want to found a community, where anyone can come to learn about natural farming techniques, see the proof of their effectiveness, and become motivated to apply these techniques in their own lives. Ideas grow by sharing, and that’s what The Unconventional Farmer is all about.
While Gil has been busy working with farmers in the Philippines, he has not had time to publish current topics of research, or refine the material that is already in circulation. Part of our goal here is to make Gil accessible, and his knowledge available, organized, and centralized.
This website has a ton of good information on it. If you like playing outside, you’ve come to the right place. You can learn everything from how to make your own homemade fertilizer, to how to build a piggery that requires no cleaning and has no smell. Along the way, our hope is that you will start viewing the natural world through our eyes – full of possibilities and lessons, recipes and instructions, code hidden in plain sight.
How do you farm naturally? By definition, you farm with nature. Take what exists in nature and apply it to your farm. That’s what the Recipes section is all about. Using every-day items like milk, sugar, common plants, natural habitat, you can create awesome tools to grow plants larger and healthier, keep pigs and fish at much greater densities without disease, reduce odor, enhance flavor of vegetables/fruits, the list goes on. Take a look at these excerpts to get an idea of this area:
This is the workhorse of the beneficial bacteria we’ll be discussing here. We use it for everything! Foul odors, clogged drains, cheaper pig/chicken/etc farming, aquaculture, the applications are amazingly diverse. Learn how to make and use this and you will have a powerful tool in your farming arsenal.
Homemade Fish Fertilizer
Fish fertilizer is an awesome product for promoting plant growth. It’s high in Nitrogen for growing plants, can be naturally produced, and is an awesome food for microbes! Fungi love this stuff. It can be expensive in the store, so why not just make your own?
Beneficial Indigenous Microorganisms(BIM) is a fermented microbial solution that can be used for many applications around the farm. It is loaded with microbes, and is the one of the main extracts in the Natural Farming method. It’s an incredible tool with a myriad of applications
This is an awesome product you can make from ingredients found in your kitchen. It is a nutrient solution for plants just entering the flowering cycle. In natural farming, we apply calphos before the flower initiation to support and enhance the eventual fruit.
This is the natural farming plant growth formula. This formula is effective not only for the Nitrogen it supplies, but more importantly for the growth promoting enzymes and hormones it contains.
This is the natural farming plant bloom formula. This is an awesome solution you can make at home and feed your plants during the bud, flower, and fruiting stages of their growth cycle. It helps develop larger, sweeter tasting fruit!
This is an immune booster made from plant material known for being effective medicine. We’ll use a 3-part mix of three plants – Oregano, Turmeric, and Guava (You can substitute Guava for another fruit in the West – we use it because it is high in Vitamin C while not having the acidity of citrus fruits). Awesome!
This is an awesome product for plants and animals. It boosts the immune system and helps fight insect and fungal pests. Ginger-Garlic is a common and very useful variation so I’m discussing it here, but you can alter this recipe to use any combination of plants for whatever effect you are going for.
Neem is an effective natural pesticide you can make yourself from the fruit of Neem trees. But if you don’t have a Neem tree growing in your backyard, no problem! Look around for plants that aren’t being bothered by pests. Create your own pesticide/plant protector from those plants!
Projects. Projects projects projects. That’s what farming is all about, and Gil’s farm is no different. There are dozens of projects going on at any given time, and we’d like to share them with you, get your feedback, input, involvement, your hands on a shovel if we can! The top project right now at Gil’s is the 1000 sqm farm, a result of years of research and practical application. It takes the whole farming experience, from aquaculture and piggeries to herb gardens and flowered paths, and packs it in a 1000sqm area. It has the potential to transform how private farming is done in the Philippines and around the world. See the Projects portion of the website for details on this venture.
- Are you a beginner gardener looking for inspiration from a fellow beginner?
- Practical tips for keeping your own urban garden?
- Been wanting to “get back into gardening somehow” but only have a tiny balcony in the city to work with?
- Did you grow up with a garden but haven’t done it for awhile? Want to get your hands dirty again? Watch your plants grow and flourish?
- Eat homegrown veggies off your own patio garden?
- Trying to cure a case of “black thumb”?
Patrick is in the same boat! He is curing his own case of the black thumb, using Gil’s techniques and expert advice. Follow along as he starts a balcony garden and prays not to kill everything out there (it’s happened before). It should be entertaining and informative!
- Been following Gil already, and you’re looking for his newest and best information? New Recipes, DIY projects, practical advice and the like are here for the taking
- Looking for professional advice on topics ranging from OMRI, land management, organic agriculture planning, to all things pigs, chickens, fish, etc?
- Are you a professional organic farmer looking to enhance your output?
- Just a master grower yourself, interested in Gil’s advanced techniques?
Gil’s posts will show you how it’s done.