It was relatively easier for the Negros Island to gear towards organic farming since it is blessed with a geographically-isolated island, away from frequent storm hits and enclosed for faster and easier monitoring of inputs and products.
After years of being just known for sugarcane, the Negros Island is now known as the Organic Capital of the Philippines. It took years for the province to make the shift towards organic agriculture. Prompted by its leaders before to be more conscious on health, the LGUs have been eager to move towards the direction of turning traditional chemical farmers to organic farmers.
In a recent opportunity to visit some of the organic farms in Negros Occidental, I personally witnessed best practices, outputs and minds as far as organic agricultural is concern.
Here is a list of some of the places I visited, together with other bloggers and the ATI (Agricultural Training Institute of the Department of Agriculture), that helped me to understand deeper about organic agriculture:
- May’s Organic Garden
- Penalosa Farm
- Rapha Valley
- Fresh Start Organics (will be posted soon)
- Renato Catiempo (will be posted soon)
There are FOUR main points that I learned to summarize the trip in Negros Occidental.
- It is neither hard nor easy to go into organic farming.
- There are creative ways to earn money while helping people in need.
- No lot is ever too small to make use as orgwnic farm and tourist spot.
- You are what you eat.
On a more technical level, I learned more on crop management, integrated natural farming and agricultural technology. But one thing that struck me the most is the food security issue of the Philippines. The irony is that we are considered an “agricultural” nation, yet, we import a lot of farm outputs and we usually depend on foreign farm inputs (ferttilizers, seeds, etc.) Feel free to click on the links above for further reading on each organic farm.FOLLOW MY ADVENTURES ON:
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