Hineleban Farms Adlai

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April 24, 2019

Scientifically called Jobi Coix Lacryma, Adlai is an indigenous upland grass that looks like corn and produces bead-like tassels which delicately clasp golden kernels within. It is a gluten-free grain with low glycemic index rates and is a healthier substitute for rice and other grains.

01 adlai close up

The Beginning

Hineleban Foundation first encountered Adlai during a visit to a Tagolowanen community in Malaybalay, Bukidnon in 2015. At the time, Bukidnon and much of the Philippines was severely suffering from a prolonged dry season. This community, like many others in the province, relied on their crop for sustenance and income. Hineleban Foundation was carrying out food dispersals to the tribal communities, including this one, that were highly affected by the drought.

In addition to food dispersals, the foundation intended to purchase hand-woven banigs (traditional mats) from the Tagolowanen weavers. The mats are made from a wild grass called sud-sud, which is slashed, gathered, dried, dyed and dried once more to produce the weavers’ material. The weavers—traditionally called dream weavers—work in the night in candle-lit rooms after their children have fallen asleep, as the grass is so dry in the heat of the day that the blades can cut the weavers’ fingers. In the cool of the night, the blades are flexible and moist. As they weave, the women chant and sing, creating a timeless space in which their old traditions flourish. The proceeds from the purchase of these mats carried the community over the drought, which lasted seven months.

01 adlai field visit
03 sabrina artadi adlai dish

 

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