WHEN PROFESSIONALS retire from their employment, their most likely recourse is to go into farming for a number of reasons. Just like keeping busy in the farm to stay healthy, imbibe fresh air and get the necessary exercise. Farming could mean harvesting and eating fresh fruits and vegetables. It could mean eating native chicken tinola and more.  It could also mean additional income to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. 

Nestor Sarmiento, an electrical engineer who retired from Meralco after 30 years with the utility firm, is shown with wife Minda looking at grafted sweet balimbing at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal. They have bought a farm in San Luis, Aurora province.

MERALCO RETIREE – The latest retiree we met in our farm who is excited to do his own farming is Engr. Nestor Sarmiento who recently bought a 2+ hectares with some coconuts in San Luis, Aurora province. He retired from Meralco after 30 years working for the utility company. He and his wife Minda are leaving their home in Guiguinto, Bulacan to their daughter so they will stay in their farm full time. They have already visited our farm two times to buy planting materials of several of exotic fruit trees.

Former Mayor Pablo Rosales of San Antonio, Quezon, poses with the Mexican tree spinach at the Sarian Farm. This is a very nutritious tree vegetable that also has medicinal attributes.
Mrs. Rowena Rosales among Sweet Kamias at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal.

FORMER MAYOR – A retired politician and his wife are determined to make a three-hectare property in Antipolo into a money-making farm. He is Pablo Rosales who visited Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal with his wife Rowena.  Pablo was a former mayor of San Antonio, Quezon during the time of President Ferdinand Marcos. Luz calamansi, the variety from Thailand with few seeds, is one that they will produce in big volume. But they are also into other varieties like the Sweet Kamias, Key Lime, Pearl Onion, etc. They are also trying the recently introduced Mexican tree spinach which is a highly nutritious vegetable that has medicinal attributes. The couple are very much aware that Antipolo is virtually a part of Greater Manila which is a very huge market for agricultural produce.

Rowena Rosales was fascinated by the ripe R2E2 mango at the Sarian Farm.

BACKYARD PLANTER – An agriculture graduate but who is in the computer business came all the way from Hagonoy, Bulacan to Teresa, Rizal to buy a few BR 25 cacao seedlings and some others for planting in their backyard. He is Ramon Lagrio who brought with him his father Romulo, his wife and two children and a brother. They were making sure that the plants they grow are of excellent quality.

Willie Menor and wife Jeannie will be attending the first session of SUNDAYS WITH ZAC B. SARIAN on June 16, 2019 at the Sarian Farm. The first session is now fully booked. You can make your reservations for either June 23 or June 30 now. Make sure to indicate your choice of the date.

SUNDAYS WITH ZAC B. SARIAN – By the way, Pablo and Rowena Rosales said they will be attending the initial session of Sundays with Zac B. Sarian on June 16, 2019 which is now fully booked. This is a free forum that we will hold at the Sarian Farm every Sunday afternoon, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Various practical ideas on farming and gardening will be discussed. Although the forum is free to the public, attendees are limited to only 20 so it will be manageable. Reservation is needed by contacting us at 0995-584-9155. We are now accepting reservations for June 23 and June 30. Make sure to indicate your choice of the date. Sarian Farm will provide the juice but you might want to bring your own snack.

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