I still consider myself new to the concept of organic agriculture and my recent experience in Bacolod was an unforgettable one.
My first serious exposure with the concept of organic farming was in Costales Natures Farms of Laguna. This was followed by a series of wonderful encounters in different farms in La Trinidad, Benguet 2 months ago.
Needless to say, the recent trip to Negros was a highly anticipated one. Thanks to the Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute.
Upon arrival at the airport, we immediately proceeded to May’s Organic Garden which is about 30 minutes away and where we had our first lunch in the province.
It will be our home for the next four days as well.
Yes, organic dishes were in abundance and filled our hungry stomach. If you think organic food is boring and bland, you will be surprised.
Curious about what we had? Check out the NomNom,Club food blog for details soon.
Around May’s Organic Garden
Here are some photos of May’s Organic Garden facilities and accommodation / rooms:
After settling ourselves, we joined the brief orientation in the afternoon led by Mr. Ramon Uy, the owner of May’s Organic Garden which just opened to the public in 2010. He is also an advocate of zero-waste management.
Aside from being an ideal organic garden for holding events like weddings, birthdays, and training seminars, while at the same time promoting everything organic & natural, May’s primarily advocates sustainable practices and support organic farming technologies that assists farmers in the Organic Movement of Negros.
They serve as education centers for starting organic farmers to learn about vermicomposting and producing organic fertilizers, among others. They also explore organic rice production using RU vermiscast which is a production of different varieties of rice in organic way using RU vermicast, vermitea, and slurry from biogas.
For the organic farming technologies and machines, most obvious in our tour was the variety of shredders that they sell through RU Foundry and machine shop corporation. It is used to prepare materials for composting. On the other hand, there are also other types of shredders for bottles and even rocks. These machines amount to hundred thousands of pesos.
On the lighter side if things, May’s Organic Garden and Restaurant also offers the following amenities and activities:
- May’s Organic Garden Tour (w/ van)
- ATV Bike / Golf Car
- Big Canopy / Big Cottage (Bahay Kubo)
- Catering Services (Bueffet / Ala carte)
May’s Organic Garden & Restaurant
Sitio Aning, Brgy. Pahanocoy,
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
(+6334) 444-1751 and (+6334) 444-1337
Fast forward four days, it was a nice and cozy stay at May’s Organic Garden. They offer different types of accommodation fit for families, barkadas, and big groups. They have a number of function rooms and open cottages for casual training.
This is indeed a good venue to start learning about organic farming in Negros Occidental as the province aims to earn itself the title of being the Philippine’s capital in organic agriculture. With vast land areas of fertile soil, good organic practices, and able individuals with passion towards the cause, this will surely be realized in the very near future. Stay tuned as we publish more organic farms visits around Bacolod in this month of September.
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