Sustainable farming, for the conservation of soil, crops, and different living species, is an essential concept in natural agriculture. It also helps to reduce dependency on limited non-renewable sources such as oil-based products and organic imports. Laguna has 60,624 hectares of agricultural land that are impoverished and disposable. Laguna’s abundant fruits such as land zones, pineapples, papaya, and papaya are well known. Most large farms are also responsible for ornamental plants and cut flowers. Here are some of the nature farming places and ecological parks in Laguna where you can visit and gain knowledge about agriculture.
1. Costales Nature Farms (Majayjay, Laguna)
The Costales Nature Farms was founded by Mr. Ronald Costales and Mrs. Josephine Costales in Barangay Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna. Mr. Costales served as Vice-President for a Telco firm in Makati, and Ms. Costales operated ten internet cafes businesses in Laguna. Costales Nature Farm is an ecological and organic farming destination, designed to encourage sustainable agriculture, healthy living, and environmental sustainability through integrated organic farming.
The Former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III proclaimed the Costales Nature Farm as the most outstanding organic farm in the Philippines for 2012. They continued to raise awareness of the impact of chemicals on dietary production, the importance of organic farming, inspire small-scale farmers to become better farmers, promote organic agriculture to students, and sponsor organic and natural products for healthy living.
To promote organic farming, this 5-hectare farm was launched to establish natural crop strategies to improve the environment. Every year, Costales Farm produces 20 tons of fruit, vegetables, dairy products, and more, which supplied in several domestic and international restaurants. They have a wide area for all nature lovers to offer an ideal place for agritourism. The packages were designed to meet the desires of everyone who wants to relax with nature for a day or two.
Also, organic conferences and seminars held here where people can come and visit ranches. The seminars are part of the courses, and experts are there to teach you organic agriculture all the time. The goal is to inspire more people in the modern age to live in good health and sustainability. Aside from organic seminars and workshops, Costales Nature Farms are also organizing nature trips. They have expert guides who will tour you through sanctuaries and churches. And to keep visitors and tourists accommodated, they even offer lodging for people to stay for a while.
Costales Nature Farms is a pleasant escape from the type of urban life that many want to avoid. The Costales Nature Farm is also a perfect place for people who want to start their organic farm to learn more from the people who had become an expert on it.
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