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LEAF 2018 SPEAKER IN FOCUS: Melanie Teng-Go

Melanie Teng-Go is the Co-Founder of Holy Carabao Holistic Farms. 

Melanie is a mom of 2 boys and an advocate of holistic wellness.  Her endeavors post corporate life have been in health and natural living.  She is a certified Building Biologist specializing in Electromagnetic Radiation and a graduate of Sustainable Agriculture.  Holy Carabao Holistic Farms, the social enterprise she co-founded with Hindy Weber has become a means for them to educate families about food security, conscious consumption, regenerative agriculture and healthy living spaces. 

Holy Carabao practices agriculture inspired by biodynamic and permaculture
principles, with a strong thrust on soil regeneration. Not only is growing food on healthy soil better for the body, it also eases climate change as it aids in carbon sequestration. 

Their product offering includes vegetables, fruits, herbs, medicinals, poultry, eggs, carabao milk and cheese, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised native pork, indigenous grains, and condiments made fresh from their farm kitchen. Their foremost product is the ready-to-eat Superfood Harvest Bowls and LifeForce Tonic juice drinks. The harvest bowls are a complete meal in a bowl that contain an array of all-natural, organic ingredients that are nutrient-dense, packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and are low-caloric. They are great for paleo, keto, and vegan dieters, or anyone who simply wishes to eat at least one healthy meal per day. The tonics are a collection of five kinds of fresh, cold-pressed, undiluted juices using only premium vegetables, superfood powders, spices and herbs. 

Its founders, Hindy Weber and Melanie Teng-Go, advocate a holistic approach to every aspect of their social enterprise. An integral part to their business is education. They spearheaded a farm curriculum for grade school and high school students at the Acacia Waldorf School in Laguna. They also give talks and workshops to engage and enlighten children, parents, teachers, and urban professionals to a more conscious approach to wellness. Some of the topics they cover include Farming For Your Family, Biodynamic Agriculture, The Holy Plate: A Healthy Kitchen Makeover, and Farm-to-
Table Cooking.

To this day, 11 years after its inception, Holy Carabao has remained loyal to its original intent: growing and providing healthy, living food for families. Every product and process upholds the interconnectedness and sacredness of life, keeping People and Planet at the heart of their work.

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