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The GK Enchanted Farm Team is happy to receive inquiries from those who would like to visit and know more about the Farm. We hope that you can get to know us better through the details below.


  1. What is the GK Enchanted Farm?
  2. Where is the GK Enchanted Farm located and how do I get there?
  3. Is the GK Enchanted Farm open to the public? What can we do there?
  4. What are the activity / tour packages I can avail of?
  5. Can I visit the GK Enchanted Farm as part of a field trip, company tour or group tour? How can we reserve?
  6. Can I stay at the GK Enchanted Farm overnight? What are the accommodation options available?
  7. What pioneer centers for sustainable development can I find at the GK Enchanted Farm?
  8. What social enterprises can I find at the GK Enchanted Farm?
  9. Are the products of the GK Enchanted Farm available in Manila?
  10. How can I become a reseller/distributor of your products?
  11. What is the GK Enchanted Farm Café and where is it located?
  12. How do I contact the GK Enchanted Farm team?




What is the GK Enchanted Farm?


The GK Enchanted Farm is Gawad Kalinga’s platform to raise social entrepreneurs, help our local farmers and create wealth in the countryside. As we learned that the road out of poverty is a continuing journey and therefore, providing homes is merely the beginning, we also realized that our country is abundant with resources (land included) that we can harness for every Filipino to continuously lead a life with dignity. We envision the GK Enchanted farm to be three things: (1) a farm village university, (2) a silicon valley for social entrepreneurship, and (3) a 'Disneyland' for social tourism.


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Where is the GK Enchanted Farm located and how do I get there?


GK Enchanted Farm

California St., Pandi Angat Road,

Angat, 
Bulacan, Philippines



By Private Vehicle


VIA NLEX


The GK Enchanted Farm is 50 km from Quezon City, Metro Manila. From the Balintawak Toll Gate of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), take the Bocaue Exit (total distance 33.5km).


From the Bocaue Exit (16km), turn right towards Sta. Maria via Bocaue Road and take a left when you see PTT Gas Station (1.2km). Turn left upon reaching the Walter Mart intersection (0.8km) and turn right at Win Gas Station (0.3km). Follow the Pandi-Angat Road by hanging right, until you see Encanto Elementary School, where you turn left at California St. to enter the site.







VIA COMMONWEALTH AVENUE


Heading away from the Quezon City Circle, take Commonwealth Avenue past Sandigan Bayan. Turn right at Regalado Avenue then go straight until SM Fairview. When you get to the end of the road (Jollibee on the right, SM on the left, the Redwood Residences in front), turn right at Quirino Highway. Go straight down that street and follow it. You will pass a Caltex and RUSI sign, and you will pass La Concepcion College on the left. When you see Star Mall on the left side of the street, the road veers to the right. Follow that road towards San Jose Del Monte.


Follow the winding road and enter Barangay Tungkong Mangga. You will pass the Classica Northgate Village on the right side of the street. Keep going straight and you will pass Ebineezer Christian Academy on the right. The road continues and you will cross a short metal bridge. Keep following the main road. You will pass a Shell on the left side.


Keep going straight until you enter Norzagaray. You will see a cement factory in the horizon. Pass through the arch of Norzagaray. You will pass a small wet market on the right. Then you will reach a fork with a round-about. Turn left. You will pass by the entrance of the Holcim Cement Factory on your right side. Keep following the road. Get ready for a zigzag.



After the zigzag road you will enter Barangay Poblacion, Norzagaray. Almost there! The road will fork again at this small yellow Z Energy gas station - turn left. The road will head upwards. After heading upwards, you will reach a rotunda/roundabout/fork. Take the road on the right side, by the BPI. This will lead you to the Enchanted Farm-Angat Dam area. Keep going straight and you will pass a cockpit on the left side. The road may wind. You're getting close!!! About 500 meters away you will be turning left into the Pandi-Angat Road. Keep your eyes open because people usually miss this turn as it is a small street. Turn left at a SMALL corner - it's a small street with barely any signs. On the right side you will see Pitang's Furniture Center, facing the street you will turn left into. This is the first left after passing the cockpit. Follow the road into Barangay Encanto. The road has small pot holes so be careful. It also winds a bit. After the winding road, watch out for the houses on the right side with red roofs. Turn right at a small corner where you see an elementary school. It goes to a very small cemented side road which leads straight to the Enchanted Farm. The road will fork again. Take the left trail and it will bring you to the farm entrance.


You may also check Facebook for directions with photos.



By Commute

  1. Take a bus from SM North EDSA to Del Carmen going down at garden / Bocaue exit on NLEX.
  2. Head to the Sta. Maria Walter Mart.
  3. Get off at Walter Mart, then walk to the jeepney station across the street.
  4. 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.
  5. You can walk into the farm following California St. or flag down a tricycle to take you inside.

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Is the GK Enchanted Farm open to the public? What can we do there?

Yes, the GK Enchanted Farm is open to the public from Tuesdays to Sundays, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM. These are the activities you can do at the Farm:


FARM TOURS

Like all things enchanted, the GK Enchanted Farm has a very unique story built by heroes from GK’s community and volunteers. Share in our story as we walk through Asia’s first Farm Village University in a 1-hour walking tour.


BUFFET LUNCH

We serve fresh vegetables, free-range meat, rice and juicy fruits for a hearty buffet lunch. Our produce is sourced from our fields to provide you with the freshest farm-to-table meals!


SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DEMOS

Learn the stories behind our very own social enterprises. Be a social entrepreneur for a day and try your hand at making our farm-based products: cheese, mushrooms, chocolate, plush toys, salted eggs, tea and more! Social enterprise demos are subject to availability. Only 2 demos are available per day.


FARMING ACTIVITIES

We need heroes to help GK sustain its communities. It’s a fun and fulfilling way to spend time at the farm. Our farming activities include digging, planting, watering, carrying things around the farm, depending on the farm needs at the time of your visit.


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What are the activity / tour packages I can avail of?



Notes:

  1. The 1-hr walk tour of the farm includes stories about Gawad Kalinga, the Enchanted Farm Village University, and Social Entrepreneurship.
  2. Buffet lunch includes farm-fresh vegetables, free range meat/fish, unlimited rice and fruits for dessert.
  3. Social enterprise demonstration options: cheese (Gourmet Keso), chocolate (Theo & Philo), duck eggs (Golden Duck), herbs, stuffed toys (Plush & Play) or beverage (Bayani Brew)
  4. Farming activities include digging, planting, watering, carrying things around the farm and others.
  5. Social enterprise demonstration and farming activities are subject to availability for the day.
  6. All packages have an option to extend until 4 PM.

Your every centavo counts as it goes back to the community that farms our land, prepares our food and maintains the sustainable practices of the GK Enchanted Farm. The fees also support the education of the children within the community. We ask for your understanding in depositing your FULL payment at least 3 days before your trip to confirm reservation.


Please deposit FULL payment to GK Enchanted Farms Inc BPI CA 8031-0003-52 and send us a scanned deposit slip to info@gkenchantedfarm.com


Discounts are provided to Senior Citizen cardholders, government partners and public school students. To avail of discount, those eligible are required to deposit the full amount for reservation and may refund the discount due to them upon presentation of their proper IDs. Children ages 4 years and below pay only an entrance fee of PHP 250 and can avail their meals for free.


To avail of the packages, please provide us with your information HERE.

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Can I visit the GK Enchanted Farm as part of a field trip, company tour or group tour? How can we reserve?


We can also engage bigger groups of up to 40 at a time, and you may avail any of the activity packages above. Customized packages can also be prepared for your group upon request. Please provide us with your information HERE. You can also email details of the name of your organization, number of people in your group, date of visit and expected time of arrival at the farm to info@gkenchantedfarm.com.


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Can I stay at the GK Enchanted Farm overnight? What are the accommodation options available?



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What pioneer centers for sustainable development can I find at the GK Enchanted Farm?


  1. Arch Angel-GK Center for Arts and Culture
  2. Bamboo Palace Center for Development Design
  3. Berjaya Culinary Arts Center
  4. Dept. of Agrarian Reform Farmers Center
  5. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources Lotus Center for Environmental Sustainability
  6. Hyundai Center for Green Innovation
  7. IASIS Health and Wholeness Center
  8. LifeBank Center for Bayanihan Economics
  9. Shell Center for Social Business Enterprise and Innovation

ARCH ANGEL-GK CENTER FOR ARTS AND CULTURE


The Arch Angel-GK Center for Arts and Culture at the GK Enchanted Farm is used for community gatherings as well as for cultural and other events.

Since 2006, Angelo King Foundation, Inc. has shared the GK vision and has become integral in bringing 'building communities' to life by constructing 55 community centers nationwide. These centers are currently being used for community gatherings and celebrations, values formation, training and mentoring, and for learning and education. There are currently 10 more being constructed all over the Philippines.

BAMBOO PALACE CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT DESIGN


With support from GK USA partners, Singaporean architects, French engineers, and top local designers, the Bamboo Palace Center for Development Design showcases innovative indigenous materials and what designing the best for the least looks like.

It is currently used for design camps for students and practitioners of architecture, interior design, engineering, landscaping, and industrial design. It is also the perfect venue for conventions, trainings, and special events like weddings, yoga camps, and corporate team building sessions.


BERJAYA CULINARY ARTS CENTER


The Berjaya Culinary Arts Center (BCAG) aims to showcase the best of Filipino food, architecture and people. Food will be locally produced / sourced and processed, creating value for our local farmers and encouraging the agriculture industry. It will be designed to ‘mimic’ nature, not just in beauty but also in sustainability features. As the primary food center of the Farm, BCAG will cultivate the culinary talents of the poor and provide livelihood as it caters to the 200,000 partners, entrepreneurs and students who visit the GK Enchanted Farm annually.


DEPT. OF AGRARIAN REFORM FARMERS CENTER


In the Philippines, the average age of our farmers is 57 years old. Most of them have been educated only up to Grade 4. The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Farmers Center aims to raise and empower the next generation of farmer-entrepreneurs through the Agricool Program.

The DAR-GK partnership is important in raising this next generation, and Sec. Virgilio delos Reyes has previously mentioned how the GK Enchanted Farm serves as a model for the convergence among smallholder farmers like agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB), the government, the academe and the private sector.


DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES LOTUS CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Lotus Center for Environmental Sustainability aims to transform previously idle land within the GK Enchanted Farm into a productive and vibrant ecosystem.


HYUNDAI CENTER FOR GREEN INNOVATION


The state-of-the-art green innovation center, built by architects and engineers commissioned by HFI (HARI Foundation, Inc.), fuses the ethnicity of the bahay kubo and the Hyundai design philosophy of “Fluidic Sculpture.” It is envisioned to be the epicenter of ideas, talents, and resources committed to growing a sustainable green economy and community for the Filipino and stands as a symbol of the evolution and progress of Hyundai and GK’s enduring partnership to build empowered, self-sustaining Filipino communities from the grassroots.

The Center has a green museum to showcase innovative solutions for environmental protection and preservation, and is used as a venue for various events as well as new thinkers camps to raise green innovators.


IASIS HEALTH AND WHOLENESS CENTER


The IASIS Health and Wholeness Center aims to provide access to quality health services for all. Construction is currently ongoing, but once finished it will be a center where detox food and beverages will be developed and wholeness camps will be held. The center also features spa services as well as promotes awareness and education about a natural and healthy lifestyle.


LIFEBANK CENTER FOR BAYANIHAN ECONOMICS


LifeBank Foundation (LBF) is a leading provider of micro-finance and an important partner in social programs towards empowering individuals, families and communities through a culture of caring and sharing. With the common vision of eradicating poverty, LBF partnered with GK's Center for Social Innovation for its Social Enterprise Program, focusing on social entrepreneurship with a bayanihan spirit, food security and environmental sustainability.

The LifeBank Center for Bayanihan Economics will serve as the innovation, development and commercialization hub of LBF and GK's combined effort to advance social enterprises and 'bayanihan economics' as a key strategy in breaking the chains of poverty.


SHELL CENTER FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND INNOVATION


The Shell Center for Social Enterprise and Innovation is comprised of the Shell Training Center and Villas as well as the Shell Cabanas. It is currently used as a venue for social business camps, where budding social entrepreneurs and farmer-entrepreneurs are trained. The Shell Center is also where social business startups are incubated.



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What social enterprises can I find at the GK Enchanted Farm?


  1. Agricool
  2. Bayani Brew
  3. Blue Bamboo Ventures
  4. Cream of the Crop
  5. Enchanted Farm Café
  6. Golden Duck
  7. Gourmet Keso
  8. Grassroots Kitchen
  9. Hamlet
  10. Human Nature
  11. Plush and Play
  12. Red Carpet
  13. Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates
  14. Trese

AGRICOOL


Farming is the new cool — fashionable and desirable for the young to be their career option. Agricool supports the children of farmers as scholars, mentoring them and making sure they get the education that they need. It also supports the training of farmers and connects them to the market. Agricool is the supply base of agri-social enterprises.

BAYANI BREW


Bayani Brew produces proudly Filipino agri-based beverages that advocate the use of healthy indigenous ingredients, promote countryside development, and augment the income of farmers through directly sourcing their raw materials at higher-than-market prices. They even offer agri-biz scholarships to these farmers and other brew crew staff. This ragtag team has far loftier goals of achieving agri-based prosperity for farming communities and the country.

Bayani Brew doesn’t want to be remembered just for its refreshing drinks, but for brewing a generation of Filipinos crazy in love with our country.


BLUE BAMBOO VENTURES


Blue Bamboo Ventures is a social enterprise that is taking on the task to the the global leader in bamboo for the benefit of the poor, our environment and our nation. It focuses on the planting of bamboo for the environment and carbon dioxide sequestration, and aims to create bamboo wood products using Filipino ingenuity and creativity.


They also seek to share the best of what Philippine bamboo, Philippine artistry and creativity can offer the world by establishing success from the bottom up.


CREAM OF THE CROP


They say you can't buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream, and that's kind of the same thing. Creat of the Crop will use the best ingredients that are sourced from local farmers, from the milk to the flavours — tapping the natural goodness of our people and our land to provide you with amazing and exciting premium Filipino ice cream that'll make you realize with very scoop, this ice cream truly is — The Cream of the Crop.


ENCHANTED FARM CAFE


The Enchanted Farm Café is a social enterprise that bridges the GK Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan to the city market. It aims to raise social awareness by promoting home-grown business innovations that develop industry-competent local products while uplifting the lives of the poor. It is also a social business platform for entrepreneurs that want to prototype new products.


GOLDEN DUCK


Golden Duck aims to grow horizontally from the Enchanted Farm platform with a vision of creating a more sustainable duck egg and meat industry. Compared to the Php 400 B chicken industry, the duck industry is only at Php 2 B so there's much room to grow.

The Golden Egg's yellow shell might be the first thing to catch your attention but the taste of these salted duck eggs will definitely be the one to stick. Colored with healthy natural turmeric, these are made from the love and care of GK families at the GK Enchanted Farm, creating a new market for duck farmers.


GOURMET KESO


The Philippines imports 99% of its dairy products, including from countries that do not even have cows! This is something that Gourmet Keso aims to address, as it introduces world-class quality and locally made dairy products to the market.

As a social enterprise, it gives you not only artisan cheeses and quality dairy products, but also the satisfaction of knowing each purchase is helping people who need your support. Each product is made from milk sourced from local farmers and made with love by members of the GK community. It has gained a loyal following of cheese enthusiasts, even being recognized by the Ultimate Taste Test as the best cheese product in the market.


GRASSROOTS KITCHEN


The Grassroots Kitchen is the official food provider of the GK Enchanted Farm Village University. Located inside the farm, the Grassroots Kitchen promotes a "slow food" advocacy, wherein its raw ingredients are sourced locally to help encourage the farmers partnered with us to continue cultivating the land as well as ensure that food is fresher and healthier.


HAMLET


Hamlet is a social enterprise partnered with GK CSI that provides natural meat products that are free from artificial food additives, taste enhancers and preservatives. Aiming to help sustain the livelihood of Enchanted Farm residents, particularly in hog raising, Hamlet goes beyond provision of a source of income towards instilling in the community the knowledge, capability, hope and confidence that they can do it on their own.


HUMAN NATURE


Human Nature produces world-class cosmetics and personal care products using only raw materials that can be grown in the Philippines. This helps create a market for farmers in the countryside, catalyzing rural development.

Centering on the core values of being Pro-Philippines, Pro-Poor and Pro-Environment, Human Nature continues to grow exponentially since its inception in 2009. Human Nature employs several GK residents for full-time warehouse staff and helps in the incubation and development of more social enterprises to help them scale and create more social impact.


PLUSH AND PLAY


80% of the toys found in the Philippines are imported from a single country, majority of which are found to have toxic elements. Plush and Play addresses this by producing hand-stitched stuffed toys and showcasing the undervalued sewing skills of women living in Gawad Kalinga communities. Plush and Play toys delight the little ones as well as provide sustainable livelihood that allows their fellow kids in Bulacan to eat and go to school every day.


RED CARPET


Red Carpet is a social enterprise that is redesigning lives by harnessing the creative potential of GK communities through innovative embroidery techniques using indigenous Philippine textiles. Quality capped with purpose, our products range from table napkins to comforters. With Red Carpet, your dream curtain, pillow, and blanket set from your favorite housekeeping magazine are all sewn with love and care by the skillful sewers from the GK Enchanted Farm.


THEO & PHILO ARTISAN CHOCOLATES


Gearing up to be one of the finest tasting chocolates the world has seen, Theo & Philo chocolates is at the forefront of bringing the Filipino cacao industry to the world stage. With the simple vision of producing the chocolates right at the heart of the source, this social enterprise creates numerous opportunities for Filipino cacao farmers to uplift their quality of living.


TRESE


Tracing its name from one of the biggest garbage dumpsite communities in the country, Payatas, Trese is a social enterprise engaged in silk screen printing and sewing. Partnering with the community residents of GK Blue Eagle Village in Payatas 13, Trese seeks to install productivity and dignity to the community and introduce alternative opportunities outside the "garbage economy".



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Are the products of the GK Enchanted Farm available in Manila?

Yes, the products are available at the Enchanted Farm Café along Commonwealth in Quezon City.


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How can I become a reseller/distributor of your products?

Send us your proposal to info@gkenchantedfarm.com. Please indicate which product/s you wish to resell or distribute.

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What is the GK Enchanted Farm Café and where is it located?


GK Enchanted Farm Café

Unit 2A, 462 Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines 1119


Somewhere along the perpetually busy Commonwealth highway is a quaint little Advocacy Café that showcases the goodness of the Filipino. The café is a haven filled with gourmet cheeses, artisan chocolates, mouth-watering burgers and freshly-brewed coffee – all made from Philippine ingredients and crafted with the love and ingenuity of community partners.


The Café sources its raw materials from the GK Enchanted Farm and other social enterprises, transforming fresh produce into healthy and delicious meals. It is also the watering hole for social entrepreneurs who meet there for Center for Social Innovation (CSI) Nights, every Wednesday at 7-9 PM.


Created as a platform to showcase the products of a new generation of social entrepreneurs, the Enchanted Farm Café is the perfect manifestation of businesses that leave no one behind.




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How do I contact the GK Enchanted Farm team?


You may click HERE to input your information or email info@gkenchantedfarm.com directly. You may also use social media:


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