An unassuming 56-year old Magsasaka Siyentista (MS), Jonathan Tayaben just returned from his morning farm tasks when I first saw him. He smiled at me as soon as I approached him and displayed an apologetic gesture for not being able to meet me earlier. The farm was abuzz with life the morning we sat down for this interview. The makeshift receiving area of his farmhouse was open, allowing the air to circulate, making the heat bearable. Meanwhile, his wife Aileen was busy preparing our snacks - sliced pineapples and fried plantains (banana) which she has harvested from the farm.
His dream was to become a pilot. However, he sacrificed his dream so that his siblings can finish their respective degrees and their family’s livelihood can be sustained. Little did he know that he will still fly high, not through an airplane though, but through farming.
Mr. Eulogio Cabiles, a corn farmer from Tarlac, knew farming since he was a little kid. He lived and breathed through it. Even when he was building his own family, he still gets income from farming to raise his family.
Diligence leads to fortune
The heart to help children to pursue organic farming
Children, nowadays, cannot identify crops or plants without seeing their fruits. Alarmed, Ms. Cynthia Tizon, an organic farmer, saw herself as an instrument to expose them in her farm.
With this, they will be well-acquainted with various crops. Aside from familiarizing them with the crops, Tizon will also have the chance to share her love for organic farming.
Distracted with the rise of new technologies, children are veering away from agriculture. Some cannot see the significance of agriculture – being dirty and all. Some cannot even identify crops or plants without seeing their fruits.
Luckily, in a town located in Tarlac, agriculture is still being taught to the youth.
A native from Ramos Tarlac, Mr. Melecio Reguindin, Jr., a computer teacher turned full-time farmer, approached the agriculture teachers in Guiteb Elementary School and shared to them ways on how to improve the activities for the children.
Palayan City is home to two of Nueva Ecija’s prime products—Blast (calamansi juice drink) and Palaman –C (calamansi jam). Apart from these citrus-based items, Palayan is also the home of a family members' whose interest in agriculture was embedded early on in their bloodline. Each one believes that farming is made easier when everyone in the family works together.