Nestled in Brgy. Ventenilla, Paniqui, Tarlac, the Roger Austria Farm or known as RAF boasts of its bountiful herd of goats.
Its owner, Roger Austria, is a retired colonel of the Philippine Army. During his service, he was even awarded with the Gold Cross Medal for his acts of gallantry in action.
He quipped that being a solider, the words ‘stress’ and ‘pressure’ go hand in hand. Stressful is even an understatement. With this, during his free time, he turned to goat raising to take his mind off work and relieve himself from stress.
As farfetched as it seems, Lodovico L. Guieb, Sr.’s dream is simple – to build a small farm. When he was a kid, he took an interest in animals and loved taking care of them.
As much as he wanted to become a veterinarian, because of financial constraints, he opted to take an agriculture course with a major in animal science in Manuel V. Gallego Foundation Colleges in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija through a scholarship. He thought that it was a good alternative to nurture his love for animals.
If your plan is for a year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for a hundred years, educate children.” This saying of the famous philosopher Confucius serves as an inspiration and guiding principle in life of Mr. Darlino Ebuen Amir, a brilliant and outstanding Magsasaka Siyentista of Babancal, Candelaria, Zambales.
When we say farming, soil will be off the top of the head for majority of us. But over the years, numerous techniques in farming have sprouted to cater the different growing conditions of crops. Who would’ve thought that soilless farming would be a “thing” in the present?
With his goal to introduce hydroponics in the country, Mr. Rafael Pagaling established the Zennor Hydroponics Farm in Palauig, Zambales in 2016. He owes his extensive knowledge of the craft through the series of training he attended abroad: Thailand, Spain, and London.
Mr. Rodolfo S. Molina was born into a family of soil tillers in an impoverished farming community of Barangay Bantug in Victoria, Tarlac and grew up in a farm where he, at his tender age, helped to nourish.
“Mula ako sa mahirap na pamilya. Pangatlo ako sa walong magkakapatid. Magsasaka ang mga magulang ko kaya bata pa lamang ako ay nasanay na ako sa trabaho sa bukid,” he said.