WE ONCE WROTE that you can farm even if you are a full-time employee. I cited myself as a full-time employee who is farming at the same time. One guy commented that as a journalist I could do my farming even if I was a full-time employee because I didn’t have  to stay in the  office from 8 to 5 pm. That’s true. It has been an advantage for me. But there are many others who did or are doing their own brand of farming while they were/are employed, working in the office from 8 to 5.

Please meet ten of them below.

EXHIBIT NO.1 Alfonso and Alma Denila who operate a profitable guava farm on a rented land in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. They are full-time government employees at the Land Registration Administration in Iloilo. We featured them in  Agriculture Magazine.

EXHIBIT NO. 2 Efren Sotto who raised ducks and hito while he working as Communications Manager of Pilipinas Shell’s Corporate Affairs Department. He produced the best salted egg Circa 1993. 

EXHIBIT NO.3Valeriano C. Calma was a young instructor at UP Los Baños before World War !!. Every day before going to his class in the morning, he would go to his farm to plant at least one seedling. He first planted ipil-ipil to build up the soil and prevent erosion. We featured him in the Philippines Free Press in the early ‘60s.

EXHIBIT NO. 4 – John Teodoro of Solsona, Ilocos Norte. While employed at the Local Utilities and Waterworks Authority, he established a big bougainvillea nursery. During the presidency of Pres. Gloria Arroyo, he sold more than P1.8 million worth of bougainvilleas now planted along the North Luzon Expressway.

EXHIBIT NO. 5Dr. Domingo Angeles was still a full-time professor at UP Los Baños when he developed what is the biggest Miracle Fruit plantation in the Philippines today. He makes wine out of the fruits and also exports frozen berries to Japan.

EXHIBIT NO. 6 – Virgilio Mauro used to be a sales executive of a multinational company in Davao City in the 1980s. The company sold pesticides and other farm inputs. To develop his pomelo plantation, he woke up at 4 in the morning to go to work in his farm. At 7 o’clock, he would go home, take breakfast, and proceed to his office. He was so hard working, he was able to buy farmlands that his son Jonas has now planted to Cavendish bananas.

EXHIBIT NO. 7 – Dr. Benito S. Vergara, national scientist. He was still employed full-time as scientist at IRRI when he put up his company Exotica that produced cut flowers, potted bromeliads, foliage used in floral arrangements, orchids and others. He sold a lot of his plants during garden shows in Los Baños.

EXHIBIT NO. 8 – Ruperto Donato was chief of the Horticulture Division of the Bureau of Plant Industry in Manila. Every November after the rice harvest in Cabuyao, Laguna, he would rent a hectare or two for planting short term crops like patola for loofah production, garlic, squash and others. He made a good income from his sideline farming because he was an expert in crop production.

EXHIBIT NO. 9 – Jess Domingo of Rancho Domingo in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao. He was a highly paid financial executive at San Miguel, Nestle and Pepsi when he developed his 100-hectare farm. He gave up his corporate jobs when he was 55 to go into full-time farming. He is practicing natural farming today.

EXHIBIT NO. 10 – Ramon Fernandez, the great basketball player. He was engaged as a full-time PBA player under the Toyota franchise when he went into in contract growing of broilers. His success inspired other players to go into chicken farming.

NOW YOU SEE it is possible to do your own brand of farming even if you are a full-time employee.

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