Farm Visits Are Very Educational

RONALD COSTALES AND ZAC B. SARIAN

Not a few readers have been asking us how best they can start their own farm projects. They are either employees or professionals who would like to have a hobby farm or an honest-to-goodness farm business. Some are young people while others are retirees.

  
Well, it is very easy to commit mistakes in starting a farm. So I often tell those who consult us to visit as many farms as possible. I tell them to visit the type of farms that they would like to undertake. Oh yes, there are so many choices in farming. One can go into ornamental plants, fruit trees, vegetables, livestock and poultry, fisheries and so on.

While it is a good idea to visit farms, sometimes it is difficult to locate one we would like to visit. Sometimes the owner might be reluctant to show his farm, especially to a stranger. In which case, it is a good idea to join a farm tour, just like what Agri-Aqua Network International (AANI) has been undertaking.

For those who are interested in organic farming, for instance, AANI will be conducting a farm tour of one of the best organic farms in the country – the Costales Nature Farms in Brgy. Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna. This was started in 2005 by Ronald Costales who was recently adjudged the First Prize winner in “The Outstanding Philippine Organic Agriculturist” Awards  given by the Rotary Club of Cubao East.
  
This will be the second time that AANI will conduct a farm tour of the Costales farm. Last March 4, more than 80 farming aficionados joined the tour. There, they tasted the organic vegetables and fish plus edible wild ferns for lunch. They were also given a lecture by Ronald himself on the techniques in organic farming that he has been employing in growing his crops, fish and livestock.
  
The farm is now an accredited tourist destination by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Those interested to join the tour may contact Pol Rubia at 0917-847-5071. Paid reservations will be given their seat assignment in the aircon bus.


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