Taiwan Leisure Farm Owner Visits Costales Nature Farms

Taiwan Leisure Farm Owner Visits Costales Nature Farms
Taiwan Leisure Farm Owner Visits Costales Nature Farms
RONALD COSTALES (third from right) with his visitors during lunch. From left: Jane Chen, Zac B. Sarian, Jaden Tan, Jaden’s wife Chen Mei Ian, Yen Chin Hsin and her husband Chen Yi Ti.

JADEN TAN led a group of Taiwanese leisure farming advocates that visited local farms recently to familiarize themselves with some agritourism destinations in the Philippines. Jaden owns Long Yun Leisure Farm in the Alishan Mountain  which boasts of his sweet bamboo shoot and tea plantation besides facilities for several do-it-yourself recreational activities.

Tan and his companions exchanged views with Ronald Costales who operates the Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna. They observed how Ronald grows his organic lettuce and other vegetables which he supplies to upscale restaurants in Metro Manila. His other products are organic eggs, organic pork and more.

Taiwan Leisure Farm Owner Visits Costales Nature Farms
CHEN YI TI and Jaden Tan pose with fruiting Vietnam pomelo grown in a container. Costales has ready-to-plant Vietnam pomelos, a superior variety which visitors can buy.

Costales  Nature Farms, which is the first agritourism destination to be accredited by the Department of Tourism, does not only produce organic vegetables and meat. The farm has become a training center for organic agriculture and is an accredited technology provider by the Agricultural Training Institute of the Department of Agriculture.

Taiwan Leisure Farm Owner Visits Costales Nature Farms
COSTALES grows a lot of organic lettuce and other varieties for his upscale customers in Metro Manila. Visitors enjoy fresh salads all they can eat.

Costales has also put up lodging facilities to accommodate visitors who opt to stay overnight. He has also crafted a unique investment scheme where investors can invest in greenhouses and lodging facilities as  joint ventures.

One joint venture in the pipeline is the construction of an all-purpose events hall where weddings and other celebrations can be held. The investor will put up the structure while Costales will take care of marketing and management.

Another joint venture in the offing is the bottling of spring water. Costales has a property with a spring that supplies free-flowing water to his farm. Initial customers of the bottled water are the upscale restaurants that he supplies with his organic vegetables.

Taiwan Leisure Farm Owner Visits Costales Nature Farms
RONALD COSTALES (left) also produces organic lechon. Very tasty and crisp.

The Taiwan visitors were guided by Jane Chen who manages a travel agency. They also visited the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal and the Aztec Spirulina farm of Engr. Pol Puente in Cainta, Rizal.

Taiwan Leisure Farm Owner Visits Costales Nature Farms
Photo shows the group at the Aztec Spirulina farm in Cainta, Rizal. From left: Josie Costales, Ronald Costales, Yen Chin Hsin, Chen Ti Yi, Chen Mei Ian, Jaden Tan, Jane Chen and Patricia Puente-Suasino of Aztec FoodGrowers Corporation, producer of Aztec Spirulina.

 

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