Nu panpanunutek ti istorya ti biyag ko, makasangit ak. (It brings me to tears when I think of those memories in my life.)
A resounding statement from a man tested by life’s experiences – a father, a brother, a farmer leader, and an advocate of natural and sustainable farming, Mr. Ashley Lamaton, a Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) and a learning site on agriculture (LSA) owner at Kadaclan, Barlig, Mt. Province.
A jolly old fellow as we see him now, yet his life was filled with challenges, who then in return, embrace farming as his life.
He is one of those being asked to share his life experiences during gatherings of beekeepers in the Cordillera Region. A successful beekeeper in his right, he has his own story to share that emanates from the passion of nurturing apiaries.
(Mary Grail Paredes, recipient of the 4-H Club Financial Assistance under the Youth and Agriculture and Fisheries Program)
Responding to the world’s call to the youth for a better future may be a herculean task but this does not dwarf a brave 4-H’er lady into pursuing her dreams.
“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step,” goes a commonly used adage that best describe what the La Trinidad Organic Practitioners Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LaTOP MPC) had gone through, as the first organic agriculture cooperative.
This cooperative formally started in 2005 with only 26 pioneering members. As part of the protocol, interested individuals must attend a Pre-Membership Education Seminar (PMES) training which was sponsored by the Agriultural Training Institute-Cordillera Administrative Region.
(Dexter D. Wasawas, participant to the Training on Beekeeping in
Support to Organic Agriculture)
The municipality of Mankayan is more popular for its gold and copper compared to its other “golds” such as potato and cabbage. Recently, another form of gold is now buzzing in town and that is the golden honey. Its “vine” starts just below the towering Mt. Data National Park in Sitio Caew of Barangay Bulalacao, Mankayan, Benguet, and being mined by Mr. Dexter D. Wasawas, the bee bachelor.