Experience nature at its best in these must-visit farms under the SciCAT program – Manila Bulletin

Farms are probably one of the best places to be if you’re planning to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. But more than just relaxation, these farms in the Philippines certainly have something more to offer.

Learn about farming on Mount Kitanglad Agri Tourism Farm (MKATF) from the Magsasaka Siyentista, mr. Benjamin Maputi Sr., who spent years researching the best strategies for growing agricultural crops and promoting rainforests. Located in Sitio Sinaburan, Brgy. Imbayao, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, the farm also offers fresh delicacies for those who want to enjoy the taste of nature. Enjoy their local specialties made especially for farm lovers. Start with their revitalizing brewed coffee, native chicken, roast rabbit meat, and home-grown vegetables, which will tantalize anyone’s taste buds.

You can also think of the farm as a mini-kingdom as you walk around and snap photos of Mother Nature’s picture-perfect scenes, embellished with eco-friendly sophistication. Plus, as you spend the chilly night in camp quarters, treehouses, and hobbit house-inspired accommodations, turn down the volume, stare at the sky, and listen to the sounds of the forest bugs. If you’re lucky and get up early, you’ll see the monkey-eating eagle and other birds soaring around the farm.

The following is The Seeds and Seedlings (S&S) Plaza of the Bureau of Plant Industry – Los Baños National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center (BPI-LBNCRDPSC) which showcases the various technologies generated and adopted by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) shows . These technologies are promoted and disseminated by carrying out various agrotourism activities. Plaza tours are among these activities, with visitors to the Plaza often consisting of students, educators, farmers, farming enthusiasts, and merchants, as well as NGOs and GOs. Visits to the Plaza are divided into two categories: scheduled tours and walk-in guests. These tours are available for a full day or half day.

The Plaza also hosts a series of trainings and lectures. Such courses are intended for farmers, cooperatives and interested parties. The Plaza’s program focuses on farm tourism as well as the technologies on display.

The Plaza also has a field lab for students where they can learn about the technologies adopted and developed at BPI. Undergraduate students who choose to continue their studies in the center may be assigned a space in the Plaza.

Another SciCAT farm that has the potential to develop into a full-fledged agricultural tourism destination is the Silan AgriFarm in Indang, Cavite. It is located in Brgy. Indang, Cavite’s Tambo Kulit serving Dragon fruit, coconut, papaya, pineapple, lakatantomato, ampalaya and aubergine are grown on a sixteen hectare plantation.

Silan AgriFarm’s main products are dragon fruit and coconut, but they also grow other fruits and vegetables on the farm, such as banana, papaya, pineapple, ampalaya, tomato and eggplant. Silan AgriFarm shares a variety of technologies and innovations with the community and visitors, including papaya processing, stingless beekeeping (which helps pollinate the plants to increase farm production), lakatan production, dragon fruit drip irrigation, and native goat production and care and pig.

Silan AgriFarm is one of the training sites of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), where visitors can learn about the technology and innovations used on the farm.

Make yourself at home while strolling through the Oikos Peace and Wellness Garden. A place that presents itself as a healing and rejuvenating abode, the Oikos Garden promotes conservation, biodiversity, well-being and spirituality.

Get excited about outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking, allowing visitors to enjoy nature at its best. Then dine by the river with your loved ones while enjoying a delicious dinner. After all these activities, it’s time for some rest with glamping and meditation sessions, two of the farm’s most recommended activities to experience serenity like never before.

The Oikos Garden also prides itself on innovations such as organic vegetable production, where visitors can learn about organic farming and growing vegetables using biological processes to control soil fertility, pest population and much more. Tourists can also get a taste of farm life by feeding the native chickens and pigs their locally prepared feed. Afterwards, Oikos Garden shows visitors how stingless bees become important pollinators of flowering plants, including agricultural crops, to conserve and promote biodiversity.



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