Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

I promised myself that before I go out and travel other countries, I should've at least visited the 7, 107 islands of the Philippines. Due to my lazy attitude and lack of travel funds I haven't tick off places on my list. Good thing Agricultural Training Institute (ATI)  invited me along with other bloggers to experience places that practice organic farming in Eastern Visayas.


Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

(The majestic San Juanico Bridge)

It took us 4 hours from the airport en route to our destination. The winding road and my stubborn stomach made me almost vomit. Thank God ate Jen's keme oil made a miracle and healed all stuff my body is going through. Fast forward, We had a satisfying dinner and call it a night.

Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

The next morning, we visited Mike Pedroso Farm in Barangay Carayman, Calbayog City, Samar. Mike Pedroso (the brainchild obviously) was raised and born in Baguio, but sooner moved to Samar when he met his wife. He shared that the first plant to occupy his farm was a Jackfruit orchard. Now his Jackfruits occupies 2 hectares of his farm so he eventually ventured to vermicomposting, harvesting rice, coconut, livestock, and vegetables.

Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

During our visit, I noticed that we were accompanied by local farmers from Lakbay Alay or KITS Journey (Knowledge Inputs Technology Sharing). They usually do this for training farmers and health enthusiast learn the value of organic agriculture. Well, I'm kinda feeling like I'm a farming student and it's very cool.

Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

Jun Paredes, President of OMRO (Organikong Magsasaka ng Rehiyong Otso) created this organization to share ideas to his co-farmers. According to him, he started with 2 kilos of red and black rice seeds, and today his farm produces 20 kilos/1 sack of rice per week. Now tell me this is not worth it and I'll sure give you a spank.

Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

(Lawaan Tree)

After the training, we proceeded with this thing they call "tree growing". It's actually a tree planting procedure, like a call to action where visitors are encouraged to plant their own tree so they can visit again to check out its development. Mike Pedroso promote this kind of practice in his farm to inculcate environmental awareness among the visitors.

Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

If you're planning to visit Mike Pedroso Farm, make sure to take home organic Jackfruit and Guava jam, perfect with hot pandesal and coffee.

Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

Tree growing at Mike Pedroso Farm

"In farming, hard work, and perseverance is not enough, you must add strategy and thick face."

To be continued on the second farm... (click HERE)

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  1. Inspiring farmer story! At winner ang "keme oil" at "spank"! LOL

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    1. Hahaha. Thank you Ruth for introducing me to OA. lab u <3

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