Although some projects are digital and some are physical, they all share common patterns such as reusability, regeneration, resilience and reconnection.
Romanesco is a website builder that allows you to add content to your project(s) right away. It's based on an open source CMS (MODX) and comes with a flexible design system, so you still have plenty of freedom to customize it to your needs.
You can also receive updates from (and maybe contribute to?) the central Romanesco repository, meaning bugfixes, improvements and new features are shared across all Romanesco projects.
Throughout my life, I've always felt a connection to the forest. The smell of forest soil and the sound of the trees swaying slowly in the wind... Forests have a timeless serenity about them that calms me down and pulls me out of my daily grind (and mind). I used to go on long forest walks with my dog when I was still living in the Netherlands, so after some time in the Philippines, I started to miss the trees.
Like many other people, I'm also trying to get my head around the unfolding climate catastrophe. It's on my mind a lot and I want to do something about it. But what? It's such a massive issue, and I'm so entangled in family and working life already that it's hard to really turn things around on a personal level. But there are many people who are doing something about it. With PFF, I want to highlight the efforts of people who are planting trees / practicing permaculture / building soil and things like that here in the Philippines.
While setting up our own food forest / permaculture project, and during the construction of the Philippine Food Forest site, it dawned on me that it helps to have data about your surroundings. Where are certain trees located? What kinds of vegetation are growing here? As a kind of bookkeeping software for forests, ForestBrain was born.
For a while now, I've been playing with the idea of laying out the food map we all carry around in our heads. I don't know what that looks like exactly, but I imagine it to be a network of sources, habits and values that we use to hunt and gather food every day. For many of us that map is not very complex: go to (super)market / restaurant / delivery app, choose what you want, pay up and forget about it. The fact that we have this level of choice, convenience and efficiency is almost miraculous (ask your grandparents!). But will it last?
During the coronavirus pandemic, we were forced to close our physical restaurant (HQ). Everything moved to delivery apps, so we also created our own online food store. Although it started in response to an emerging crisis, FoodStore builds upon existing ideas of localizing food supplies and getting in touch with our farmers and our food (again).
Grow Organics emerged out of a growing interest in gardening and growing concerns about the trajectory of our current food system. It started with simply planting some veggies and herbs wherever we could and soon we (re)discovered how delicious fresh tomatoes and home made pesto really are. After a while, my wife suggested to start a marketplace for organic veggies. The idea was to connect organic farmers in the Philippines to each other, to the external resources needed for their growing operation and ultimately to buyers of their produce. That was around 2015.
In an effort to generate some income with the Romanesco platform, WebsiteLikeThis was born. The idea was for customers to sign up and immediately get a website that they could work with. Which was, as the name suggests, using the same platform as the WebsiteLikeThis site itself. Website you see is what you get. Complete with all available features. Unfortunately, it failed...
Each project aims for long-term benefits and a more liveable planet.