Julius Carl Gerona, the PE instructor who grows hydroponics lettuce and kale as a sideline is very excited about the possibilities of producing lettuce and other salad greens the SNAP hydroponics way. We featured him in our blog previously and a lot of viewers became excited because Julius was making P12,000 a week from his little farm in their subdivision in Antipolo City.
We visited his farm this morning (June 9, 2019) and he was so happy to tell us that two Korean restaurants who have discovered his lettuce want more of his harvests. The other day, one of the Korean restaurants ordered 20 kilos which he priced at P200 per kilo (about double the price he has been giving to his old customers). The next day, the Korean owner went back to buy 20 more kilos and said he wanted to buy the same amount avery day.
Another Korean restaurant owner also discovered Julius and purchased an initial 40 kilos also at P20 per kilo. The next day, the owner went back to Julius and told him he can buy every day 40 kilos of his lettuce.
Wow! If Julius could produce the 60 kilos daily requirements of the two Korean restaurants, that would be P12,000 worth every day! That would be P360,000 gross a month. In his calculation, Julius spends not even P25 to produce a kilo of lettuce. So the margin is really big. He has no labor problem because he needs only one helper to do the planting in his present set up.
Julius surmised that the Korean resto owners must have loved the very fresh and crisp leaves of his lettuce. We have observed that the Korean restaurants don’t just use the lettuce leaves in the usual salad preparations of leaves together with other ingredients in a plate. One time, a friend invited us to sample the offerings of a new Korean restaurant in Makati which caters to high spenders. The lettuce leaves are used for wrapping meat and other concoctions. No doubt the meal was a most memorable experience.
Julius has an uncle who also grows lettuce the SNAP technique that was developed at UP Los Banos. He has a much bigger production but he can’t also cope with the big demand of his customers who are also restaurant owners. In fact, he often places a sign at the entrance of the farm which announces in big letters “NO LETTUCE TODAY”. Actually he has available production but for his regular customers only.
Because of the advantages of growing vegetables the hydroponics way, a lot of enterprising people are now considering hydroponics farming as their full-time project. In fact a couple from Isabela who joined a seminar conducted by Julius are starting their own project. They hope to develop a market in Isabela, including the conduct of seminars as additional source of income.
The beauty about hydroponics is that it does not require hectares and hectares of farm land. A 1,000-square meter space can already produce a substantial amount of income. The turnover is fast, too. In less than a month the lettuce is ready for harvest. By the way, Julius will be conducting a seminar on June 29. See details below.
- When : June 29,2019
- Where : Lores Executive Homes Antipolo City
- Time: 8am to 3pm
- Regular rate: PHP2000
- Reservation fee is 1000 pesos only
- BPI acct.no : 4929 1051 55
- Acct.name: Ghedan kris Cuerpo
- Register here: Fbpage: J&GsBackyardLettuce
- Call or text : 09564480352 / 09453619837
- Hydroponics starter kits
- Certificates and more.
- Slot will be ensured after the confirmation of payment of Registration Fee.