The Greenmind Diary

Magic 13: Future Farmer-Millionaires

 I was with a group of stakeholders in agriculture. We have a half day free day and decided to do something about it. Majority went to an adventure park, our group went to a farm that is an ATI-accredited Learning Site while another group opted to just sleep and laze the afternoon away. When we all came back, we eagerly shared what we experienced.

I then remembered former Governor Leo Ocampos  of Misamis Occidental telling us that if we want to get rich, we should develop money consciousness. He said that within a day, one must think and do something to improve his financial situation.  Also he said, “talk with people who  are successful for you can learn a lot from them. He said that just by looking at the  things that you usually do, he can tell if you can better your lot in this world or not.

Gov Leo’s food for thought came to mind when  I saw our group picture taken at that particular afternoon. Between a choice of spending our hard-earned money on thrills that will only make us dizzy versus  eating an organically grown veggie salad )with its yummy salad dressing) at the same time discussing farming and business, we have sealed our fate.  We, the magic thirteen (13) who  went and visited Alomah’s Place in Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon are the future famer-millionaires.  Wanna bet?

Behind the glamour of Travels and Trainings

 My cousins and friends always tell me that I am very lucky because I get to travel a lot due to my job. I am an agricultural extension worker employed at the Agricultural Training Institute whose main job function is to deliver agricultural extension services to our clients. By clients, it covers all stakeholders in agriculture. It may seem glamorous to those who are confined at their office day in and day out. But it is not as glamorous as it seems.

Away from the Preying Eyes: Treasure amidst El Niño Devastation

 I was literally panting. As  we trekked up to the fringes of the foot of Mt. Kalatungan, we were so subdued. I glanced at my companions and understood why nobody is talking. We were all catching our breaths. Another companion later confided that he was afraid that there might be insurgents in the area as the place is really quite isolated. Me? I was just concentrating on putting one foot forward as we climb higher.  The van that we rode cannot cross one of the creeks that we need to pass through to get to our destination. We have no recourse but to walk.

Info Shakers and Movers Grand Eye Ball: a perfect mix

 In my 20+ years with ATI (I don’t want to give the exact plus as you would do the math and peg my age), this is the very first time that an event of this magnitude has ever happened. I am referring to the grand eye ball of all ATI staff of the Information Services (IS) in the whole network. Kodus to the brains behind this very laudable activity, Ms. Niet Arceo and her staff especially Ekay who did all the legwork. Thank you also to ATI-RTC 3 for hosting the event.

Alomah’s Place: Amidst the Zipline Hoopla

 When one hears the word Dahilayan, it is always associated with the longest zipline in the country (although the record may not be true anymore as more ziplines are being launched). It brought this small barangay in Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon to the forefront of the consciousness of thrill seekers from even as far as Luzon. Add to the adventures offered is the cool climate and majestic vista. What makes it super attractive is its proximity to Cagayan de Oro City with less than an hour ride.

Costales Nature Farms: Rising after Glenda

Everytime I visit Costales Nature Farms (CNF) in Majayjay, Laguna, I continue to be amazed with how the farm continue to grow and be an inspiration to others. In the many instances that I visited the farm, busloads of visitors are already there before us. The last time I was there, I was told that the visitors from the two buses parked outside the farm are from the Department of Tourism.

Feeding the “Severely Wasted”

I was speechless when  I was told by the Teacher-In-Charge of a school where we (together with the National 4H Club Federation) are partnering a feeding program that the recipients of the feeding program are children who are classified as ‘severely wasted”.  I was like what???? Sir, why call them that? It is as if they have no more value in society! He told me that it is the correct term used.

A D-Max in 3 Years?

They are all involved in farming,  some- fulltime, others, partime, a few, just barely starting. .  They differ in expertise: rice, cacao, coffee, banana, vegetables, livestock, poultry, food  processing and many more. Some were successful in farming, others are doing quite okey and some were barely making a profit. Some were young, others were just young at heart. Some were undergraduates, many are professionals. They even have a lawyer in the group.  A few were really outspoken. A number were really shy.  

Taking The Easy Way Out

 “What practices in your farm have contributed to climate change?” Answers were fast in coming: “Burning of rice straw Maam!”, another said, “using insecticides”, “using inorganic fertilizers”, another voice quipped. I was impressed. While they may not understand fully Green House Gases and the greenhouse effect, at least they understand what is right or wrong.

The beauty of Husband and Wife Teams

With tears in her eye, the wife was effusive in her appreciation to the training that the ATI  sponsored. “This is the first time that my husband participated actively and positively in a training”. The husband and wife team were participants in a training on Integrated Organic Farming at Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna.

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