GK Enchanted Farm, angat, bulacan
The Philippines holds a world of potential for farming and agriculture yet still imports large amounts of agricultural goods. The Enchanted Farm aims to maximize our country’s resources and forward agriculture as a means to enrich lives.
Home to everyone from local farmers and nanays (Filipino moms) to entrepreneurs and interns from all around the world, the Farm bridges social gaps to bring out the genius of both the rich and the poor.
The School of Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development, or SEED, inspires young Filipino students to be the change in their society and enables them to lift their families out of poverty.
things to do and people to meet
Learn about Social Entrepreneurship
Find out what good business means and how it can actually change people’s lives. The Enchanted Farm is home to many social enterprises. Get to know them through the actual people behind these businesses — know their story, why the business exists, and who the business helps.
Fabien, Social Entrepreneur
Fabien is the Frenchman behind Plush & Play, the first Filipino toy brand to be sold in a major toy store in the Philippines. He started out as an intern and was only supposed to stay in the country for 6 months. Having fallen in love with the Filipino hope and spirit and connecting with the community at the Farm, Fabien now considers the Philippines home.
Hear Stories of Hope in an Immersive Rural Experience
Discover how inclusive business practices have changed the lives of countryside Filipinos as they welcome you into their homes and take you along their daily routines.
Tito Jun is the funny, light-hearted manager of the Farm’s vermicompost area. Everyday, he tends to his vermicompost pit while listening to old Filipino songs through his small radio. Drop by to hear a joke or two and find out about the interesting world of worms.
Poverty will not be eliminated through charity alone, but by doing business in fairer and more sustainable and inclusive ways. In just six years, the Enchanted Farm has been transformed from an empty wasteland into a thriving hub for local and international entrepreneurs who build high-quality businesses which provide jobs and opportunities to the local community. Already, the Farm has incubated more than 20 social enterprises which have created products ranging from cheese and peanut butter to stuffed toys and tours. The Farm has also built its own university for the rising poor, SEED, the School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development.
GK Founder Tony Meloto, quoted in ‘The Genius of the Poor’
The GK Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan is the first Farm Village University in the world.
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how to get there?
- From NLEX Balintawak Toll Gate, take the Balagtas Exit (Note: This exit is found right after the Tabang Exit).
- After the toll gate, travel straight down this road until you reach an intersection with a sign indicating to turn right for Pandi.
- Turn right at this intersection and continue down this road until you reach the end.
- Turn right at the end of the road, then turn left at the end of the next road.
- Continue on this road, Pandi-Angat Road, until you reach the Encanto Elementary School. Turn left at the road right after the school.
- At the end of road will be the GK Enchanted Farm
- Take a bus from SM North EDSA to Del Carmen going down at garden/Bocaue exit on NLEX
- Head to the Sta. Maria Walter Mart
Get off at Walter Mart, then walk to the jeepney station across the street
- Take a jeep to Brgy. Encanto and get off at Encanto Elementary School on the left side of the road. There is a tall gym on the left side. This is at the corner of California St.
- You can walk into the farm following California St. or flag down a tricycle to take you inside
frequently asked questions
If you’re curious about the inner workings of local social enterprises (how they start and how they operate) or if you’re looking to put one up yourself, this tour is definitely for you. At the GK Enchanted Farm, you are guaranteed to discover a different look into business and why it exists.
Gawad Kalinga (“to give care”) is a global movement that started in the Philippines that aims to end poverty by first restoring the dignity of the poor. Since it was formally established in 2003, GK has expanded its work to over 2,000 organized communities throughout the country. Today it has emerged as a multi-faith, multicultural platform for nation building, peace-building work in conflict areas in Mindanao, and reconstruction work in post-disaster communities. The GK model has also been adopted in other developing nations like Cambodia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. As of today, it has changed over 1 million lives.
Donations are often unused, expensive and have harmful effects on the local population. Why?
- Unfair competition with the local market (better to buy locally then)
- Dependency to international aid (it’s only a punctual help that won’t change their lives)
- Maladjustment (every donation should target a specific need)
- Strengthening of corruption (the way donations are given without the involvement of the beneficiaries)
- Cultural Identity endangered (donations coming from developed countries reinforce the idea that Western goods are “better” and the youth will develop inferiority complex)
- You can help without harming by putting extra efforts in understanding the culture and meeting the community
At the end of your stay at the Enchanted Farm, MAD Travel will present different ways of supporting the GK programs or making donations, should you wish.
GK Founder Tony Meloto, quoted in ‘The Genius of the Poor’
Story by Andrea, one of our Chief MAD Experience Officers One month into my job as a new tour guide for the Tribes and