Learning OA Success from CALABARZON Counterparts

Learning OA Success from CALABARZON Counterparts

People can grow, develop, and become successful by learning through the experiences of others.
 
Hence, the ATI-RTC 8 provided an avenue for select Region 8 farmers with learning sites to acquire new learning on the best practices of organic agriculture practitioners.
 
Twenty-six (26) farmers and 1 representative from the DA-RFO 8 went to CALABARZON region to visit several farms. Farms visited were Terra Verde Eco Farm of the Atanacio Family (Maragondon, Cavite), Ato Belen’s Farm (San Pablo City, Laguna), Forest Wood Garden of the Frago Family (San Pablo City, Laguna), and Costales Nature Farm (Majayjay, Laguna) on April 17-21, 2017.
 
While experiencing farm stay and viewing the different components of the successful farms they have visited, the participants were also treated to words of wisdom from the owners. Mr. Eric Atanacio of Terra Verde Eco Farm told the participants to befriend the government as it has vast resources which could help farmers. He said, “That's the secret of this farm. We help the government in executing their programs. If they felt that you are their partner, soon they will help you too. We strengthen the public-private partnership". Participants were also impressed with Ato Belen’s Farm’s innovative and fun ways in farming. They were surprised that Mr. Bryan Belen actually left the corporate world to engage in farming. While at Forest Wood Garden, Mr. Joel and Mrs. Myrna Frago encouraged the participants to find their “unique selling point” and try to innovate from the hobbies that they actually have. The last farm visit, which was at Costales Nature Farm, allowed them a face-to-face sharing of secrets with Mrs. Josephine Costales. There, they all partook of the unlimited salad and other organic food produced by the farm.
 
Aside from making an action plans which they need to implement in their own learning sites, participants also did a photography challenge using a DSLR camera. Each was tasked to showcase the negative and positive aspects of the farming through the lens. They were able to realize that the beauty and quality of a photograph not just lies on the hardware but most of all, with the person who took the picture. This is likened to the lesson that each farmer must realize.
 
The success one achieves in farming lies in the hands of the person who tills the land. (with reports from Graciel V. Gacutan)