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A Visit to a Vegetable Farm on Bantayan Island
One perfect bed weather morning, our family took the scooter around the island of Bantayan to keep our toddler from feeling bored. The light drizzle did not deter us. Fully equipped with packable raincoats in our small backpack, we drove along the main highway of Santa Fe. Just before the Bantayan Town Welcome Arch, we turned left towards a damp dirt road that leads to Marikaban.
|JMJ Farm Entrance|
We found ourselves shyly entering the black gate of JMJ Farm muttering, "Hello?" A child appeared and gestured us towards the end of the farm where his mother was working.
We spotted farmers busily bent over their own areas throughout the grand space. We walked. I stopped to check vegetables from time to time, while my husband chased a mud-covered Anaïs throughout the vegetable garden. We were curious to see which crops thrive well on the island. Here they are:
|Bitter Melon, Pepper and Tomatoes|
|Squash Plant that's starting to grow|
|A slim cow|
|Labanos or White Radish|
|String Beans planting season|
|Bell pepper container garden|
|Freshly harvested lady fingers, pepper and eggplants|
|A small market stall where you can purchase fresh produce|
Angie, the child's mother who manages the farm, was kind enough to show us around. The vegetable and fruit farm was initiated by her late husband. He learned vegetable agriculture through SM Foundation Program as part of rehabilitation efforts to help the island get back to its feet after Typhoon Yolanda. He later passed the knowledge and legacy to his family.
June is planting season. The strong rains from the past few days quickly transformed the El Nino struck earth to green. Hence, their irrigation came from the deep well during the months of drought. There are about 8 farmers who are regularly working on the farm. Apart from local veggies, we also found fruit trees, watermelons and lots of passion fruit, as well as ornamental plants and flowers.
I'm definitely curious how aromatic herbs would thrive here. I can't wait to try growing heirlooms and bring in more variety to the island. I will always have a soft spot for organic farming.
If you were to purchase any of these fruits and vegetables, what would they be?
Love & light,