Over a hundred children and a lesser number of adults recently enjoyed a one-day immersion in the farm of the Yamang Bukid Farm in Bacungan, Puerto Princesa. They did not only enjoy the sights and the fresh air but also the rare experience of actually doing some of the chores in farming such as planting the seeds and seedlings, mixing the planting media consisting of several ingredients like coco peat, carbonized rice hull, vermicast, topsoil and old chicken manure.
TO MOTIVATE KIDS – A businessman who witnessed the day-long farm immersion said: “We want the kids to learn the value of farming and how important farmers are to the community.”
URBAN GARDEN – The YB Farm’s Development Team visited on the same day the Sienatel for the planning of the 3-hectare site of an urban garden to be put up there. Sienatel is one of the biggest hotels in Puerto Princesa owned by the Dominican Sisters of Sienna. The nuns are inspired by the mission of Yamang Bukid Farm in these challenging times in achieving food security and generating jobs for the community.
VISITORS SAY – Remarks from farm visitors: “Kids right now, puro gadgets na lang di ba? At least ito, na-enjoy nila ang environment, yung surroundings, at saka nakikita kung saan nanggaling ang kinakain nila. It’s a good learning experience.”
VERTICAL GARDEN – One lovely guest planted lettuce seedlings in one of YBF’s vertical gardens. She said that she has a small hobby garden at home. She got interested in vertical gardening during her visit to the YB Farm.
HEALTHY FOODS – Aside from the planting experience, the kids and the older visitors also enjoyed partaking of the healthy foods at the YBF like the Sumbulo, a rice cake cooked in a bamboo tube; fresh carabao milk, and the native delicacies produced at the Kakanin House of the farm.