“It was a great experience!”, said Bary, a 23-year old young farmer, when asked about his experience during the Young Filipino Farmers’ Training Program in Japan (YFFTPJ). Bary U. Carcahente qualified for the training program after passing the National examination at the ATI Central Office.
The roads to Happy Farm in Macrohon, Southern Leyte gave life to the proverbial belief that finding happiness is not easy. To share the story of the farm meant traversing the narrow and winding roads which lead to a quaint barangay in a valley behind Mt. Tangub, just where could “happiness” be. Upon reaching the barangay, one still has to walk a few meters more before witnessing for himself what “happy” means.
All in the Family
Adults should be the ones to make the world a better place to live in but time has come to actually bank on a child’s innate curiosity and creativity to secure the future.
The problem on food security and malnutrition leave children as the most vulnerable members of society. What’s amazing in this fight however is that no matter how vulnerable children are, with the help of grown-ups, they actually have the means to combat it.
There is nothing as powerful as people learning from each other. Coming together to acquire lessons from other agripreneurs’ best practices definitely raises sharing to a whole new level of awesomeness. This was the case as Eastern Visayas FITS implementers visited four of CALABARZON’s best farm tourism sites.
Parents mold their children to become a better version of themselves. It is common among farmer parents to advice their children: “Mag-aral kang mabuti, para hindi ka magsaka ng bukid.” This holds true to most of our farmers in the country. As much as they can, they do not want their children to experience the hardship and struggles cultivating land for a living.
There are many farmer-leaders in the country but only a few can be considered extraordinary. Only a few can claim to be the embodiment of such a title. Add Alex O. Aborita to that list.