Mr. Gil Carandang is the owner of Herbana Farms located in Calamba City, Laguna, where he is a full-time farmer. And advocate of organic agriculture, he is the convenor of the Natural Piggery Movement.
He is also the president of Independent Organic Inspectors Association of the Philippines (IOIAP) and Pilipinas Certification (Pilcert). He is also an accredited international organic inspector of Ecocert S.A. of Germany. He was a former board member and technical director of Organic Producers and Trade Association of the Philippines (OPTA).
A Fulbright scholar and engaging teacher, he is a passionate advocate for empowering farmers to harness the indigenous life of the soil right on their farms. Mr. Carandang is a graduate of the Apprenticeship program on Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Committed to life-long learning, Mr. Carandang has studied under many renowned scholars such as John Jeavons of Ecology Action of Midpeninsula, Willits, California on Sustainable Biointensive Mini-Farming; Dr. Han Kyu Cho of the Korean Natural Farming Association on Natural Farming Systems for Crops and Livestocks. He also apprenticed with natural farmers in Japan and attended workshops on Biodynamics preparations with the Biodynamics Association of Northern California and the Permaculture Design Course with the Center for Natural Design in Los Osos, California.
He has lectured extensively on beneficial indigenous microorganisms both in the Philippines and the United States. He brings the technology of using indigenous microorganisms as another tool for sustainable farming. He is a sought-after lecturer on intensive and microbial organic farming technologies, organic farm designing, planning and farmscaping. He co-authored the Philippine National Standards for Organic Agriculture and is considered the Father of Organic Farming in the Philippines. Mr. Carandang is 32nd degree Scottish Rite, Free & Accepted Masons of California.
Convenor, Natural Piggery Movement