by Jokee Botor-Reyes

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 1.54.28 PMSpend one afternoon in Santiago, Iriga City but specifically at the RaceLee’s Farm and enjoy the sights of beautiful green plants enough to make you want to stay longer than an hour but Mariano Racelis and wife, the former Marilou Relucio Lee were going out on a very important business. At any rate, the one afternoon stay was more than just it. I took home with me a pack of white mushrooms, a guarantee of a delicious mushroom soup for my supper.

Racelis, a genuine farmer heads the RincoMESA which is the acronym of Rinconada Movement for Environment and Sustainable Agriculture, has been awarded as Best Producer of Vermicast and Vermitea in Region V whose hobby is plant propagation of all edible and fruit bearing tress as well as all herbs (medicinal, culinary, botanical) and whose interest is intensifying food production using sustainable organic farming.

RincoMESA of which Racelis is at the helm is specifically aimed at sustaining rural development though food security and balanced habitat. It is an organization of farmers and environmental advocates who are united on the principles of sustainable agriculture. These principles are ecological integrity, cultural appropriateness , social justice, economic viability, holistic  science, gender sensitivity, and technology and local adaptability and spiritual upliftment. Its vision is a productive rural bio-district that is able to satisfy its own basic need for safe and adequate food, water, and a livable environment.

RincoMESA aims to participate in the process of ensuring food security and environmental protection in the Rinconada district through  promotion and adaption of diversifies organic and integrated farming systems across the upland, midland and lowland areas; advocacy for sustainable agricultural support, land tenure security and sound environmental management across different ecosystems, and linkages of organic farmer producers to enlighten consumers.

A much-sought resource speaker on organic farming, Racelis is a Aircraft Maintenance Engineer who,now,maintains a farm that is more than enough to make your afternoon a brief but meaningful honeymoon with God’s wonder…plants.