Nature Stewardship: KPAF & KGZ

KPAF-KGZ

Stewardship
refers to the wise use,
management and protection
of that which has been entrusted to you.

Within the context of conservation,
stewardship means
wisely using natural resources
that you have been entrusted with
on your property,
protecting important ecosystems,
effectively managing alien invasive species
and fires, and grazing
or harvesting without damaging the yield.

The vision of Stewardship
• To ensure that privately owned areas
with high biodiversity value
receive secure conservation status
and are linked to a network
of other conservation areas in the landscape.
• To ensure that landowners
who commit their property
to a stewardship option,
will enjoy tangible benefits
for their conservation actions.
• To expand biodiversity conservation
by encouraging commitment to,
and implementation of,
good biodiversity management practice,
on privately owned land,
in such a way that the private landowner
becomes an empowered decision maker.

Katunggan Permaculture Adventure Farm (KPAF)
KPAF is meant to be a Nature Sanctuary
for Life Changing Family & Group Adventures.
“Katunggan” is the native word for “Mangrove”,
and Katunggan abounds where this
Permaculture Learning Development site is located.

At KPAF’s doorsteps are
three ecosystems:
land coastal, mangrove and marine.
It is a true Edge with immense value.

Kamagayan Green Zone (KGZ)
KGZ is an Urban Permaculture Development Site.
It has a lot area of 1,000 sqm.
Originally a barren and dry lot used as a motor pool,
KGZ has been converted into an urban garden
where we grow vegetables and herbs.
We have also planted hardwood
and fruit trees that now stand tall
and provide a habitat
for birds, bats, bees and all sorts of insects.
In the middle of KGZ is a large lizard-shaped pond
that serves as a rainwater collection reservoir
and aquaculture pond for tilapia and catfish.

Elicon House,
in collaboration with its affiliate companies,
maintain and support the nature stewardship
of The Katunggan Permaculture Adventure Farm (KPAF)
and The Kamagayan Green Zone (KGZ).
It is at these two sites
that we host
ecological awareness leadership workshops and camps
to our staff;
and to children, teens, adults
and older citizens of our community.

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Our Resident Turtles

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Our Resident Turtles

Meet our long staying guests-
at Elicon House…

Turtles
are known to symbolize
patience, wisdom and long life.
They are characterized
as slow, shy
and unassuming creatures.

We have chosen to host them
in our mini-ecosystem
as a constant reminder
of the values
that they embody
and that we commit to emulate.

In the hospitality enterprise,
we choose not to compete
but to provide constant,
sensible and reliable quality
that can be sustained for many years.

The Asian Box Turtle
used to be very common
in the Philippines and other Asian countries.
Typically found in streams, marshes,
rice paddies and mangrove creeks,
its diet consists of worms,insects and veggies.

As their habitat has become challenged,
the Asian Box Turtles
have become rare
and endangered.

However, we are proud to say
that as we have provided them with a safe
and friendly habitat here at our garden,
they have now started to breed
and multiply.

Our resident turtles
also play an important role
in our mini ecosystem.
They act as bio-digesters
for the organic waste
generated by the kitchen
and restaurant service.

It is our hope
that you will be inspired
by the wisdom
of these gentle creatures
and be reminded
to slow down,
live a simple life,
keep your load light
and trod gently
on this planet.

The KOI Peacepond (pun intended)

The KOI Peacepond (pun intended)

koi

It wasn’t so long ago
in wartime (WWII) Cebu,
when hearing somebody scream
“Naana ang mga Hapon!”
(The Japanese are here)
alerted everyone to run
and hide or suffer
the chance of rape, torture and death.

Konnichiwa!
(Hello! How are you?)
Meet our long staying Japanese residents…
no need to run and hide
because they are peaceful
and playful beings.

Koi
means “carp” in Japanese.
It is also a homophone
for another word
that means “affection” or “love”.

Thus, the koi is a Japanese symbol
of love and friendship.
And at The Mayflower Inn,
we have embraced it
as a symbol of “peace” as well.

The Koi Peace Pond
is here to remind us
of the sanctity
of our harmonious co-existence
and interdependence
with our fellow human beings.

The Koi
are not only fun to watch
as they feed and play,
but they also serve
a very important role
in our mini ecosystem.
They are omnivores
and act as bio-recyclers.
They eat algae and insects
and their waste in the water
provide nutrients
for the plants in the garden.

Heiwa.
Kalinaw.
Peace be with you.

Edible & Medical Plants

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EDIBLE AND MEDICAL PLANTS

Ever wonder why the plants around Elicon are not ornamental?

We are determined to be able to grow our on food in the city. The trellises will eventually host various vines that have edible produce such as passion fruit, gourds and beans.

The emerging vine canopy will be a pleasing and relaxing sight. It will also be a habitat for birds and insects, strengthening the evolving urban eco-system.

Vines or climbing plants are an evolutionary success. Given that nature does not provide equal conditions, seeds that fell on minimally fertile soil had to adapt or perish. They evolved and flourished by using various techniques: tendrils, thorns, anchoring on supportive poles – or climbing towards the light. This is vines or climbing plants came to be.

Like vines, we must believe that even under the most difficult and impoverished conditions, we possess within us the ability, creativity and resilience to thrive and flourish.

To vines,
following the light comes naturally,
to humans – a choice to be made,
deliberately!

Waterfalls & Pond

Waterfall

Here at The Mayflower Inn-
If you hang out long enough at the café,
there is a surprise in store for you.
During the breakfast hours
and whenever there are enough diners hanging around,
we turn on our man-made waterfalls.

The waterfalls and pond
are the water features of our mini eco-system.
They are delightful to the eyes
and pleasing to the spirit.
They create a cool and relaxing atmosphere
and contribute to the humidification of the area,
providing additional moisture for the garden plants.
Also, the filtration system
allows the collection of leaf droppings
and fine solid particles
and excreta from the fish and turtles
which become good fertilizer for the plants.

Water symbolizes life.
May the water features in our garden
remind us
that we are one with the water that surrounds us.

We have a crucial role
as stewards
to keep pure
the bodies of water inside us (as we are 90% water)
and those around us:
springs, waterfalls, rivers, seas and oceans.

Let’s not forget that the state of our waterways is reflective of the state of our spirits.