On Southern Tagalog Farms: 7th Bloggers’ Event for Organic Agriculture

Bloggers went on a short hike as they toured one of the farm sites in the line up.

LAGUNA - The acquisition and sharing of information has become easier and better than ever through the use of the internet. The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) aims to efficiently utilize this information-sharing platform in advocating Organic Agriculture (OA) to the public by inviting online influencers — travel and lifestyle bloggers—to visit and experience themselves the organic farming practices at the farms.

Held for the 7th time, the recently concluded event was conducted in Southern Tagalog with eight bloggers from Manila who took part in guided farm tours and tried farm-fresh food and beverages. The bloggers also had the chance to interview the farm owners and learn first-hand about each farm and their farming technologies.

Four farms were visited such as the Terra Verde Ecofarm in Maragondon, Cavite; Forest Wood Garden and Ato Belen’s Integrated Farms in San Pablo, Laguna; and Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna. These are accredited by the Department of Tourism as agri-tourism farm sites, while some have been accredited as ATI’s Extension Service Providers as well.

Showcasing their various produce such as plants, livestock, organic inputs and farming practices during events like this will pave the way to increase consumer awareness on OA.

Titled “Exploring OA Practices in Southern Tagalog: 7th Bloggers’ Event for Organic Agriculture,” the event was held on October 12 to 14, 2016 in this province.