Katharina Goes Places: Costales Nature Farms

 

As a requirement for our HNF 11 class, we went to a trip to the well known Costales Nature Farms, a certified organic farm located at Majayjay, Laguna. It is around 1-2 hours away from Los Baños. It was such a fun, memorable and knowledge-filled trip for me. I truly learned a lot in this activity which my family can apply in real life since we own a small farm and piggery in the province.

According to the Costales family, healthy living means knowing where your food comes from and eating the right kinds of food is key in maintaining a fit lifestyle. This then led them to formulating different techniques in order to run their zero-waste certified organic farm.

Upon arrival to the farm, we went straight to the reception area. Here, we waited for quite a long time for our other batchmates to arrive. And this is where the vanity pictures started. We had to do something to ease our boredom.

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After a while, we proceeded to the 30-minute talk with the son of the owner regarding Costales Nature Farms. After the talk, we started the tour (and the pictorial galore hahaha!)

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I was so amazed with the great number of various kinds of green leafy vegetable available in this organic farm and how they manage to let these grow without the use of any chemical pesticides and fertilizers at all. They depend solely on vermiculture for the fertilizer of there plants. They also manage to grow strawberries and it’s amazing since we all know that strawberries only grow in cold places. They also produce other fruits and vegetables. Another fun fact is that they were able to let their dragonfruit bear fruits twice a year when it normally bears fruit only once a year.

They also have different animals. Another amazing thing in this farm is you can not smell any foul or unpleasant odor in spite of the abundance of animals (and the fact that they do not bathe their pigs). This is because they have formulated this Botanical spray which basically does the magic.

We took a lot of pictures and here are some of these!

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During the observation of different lettuce at the farm’s Nursery area
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Their well-known organic egg (ft. one of the workers from Costales Farm)

With the chinitas!

With A-2L’s best group ever. (yep. always the best *winks* haha!)

With the whole class. Missing Ma’am Orca, though. (Notice the space left at the side for her!)

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With my college blockmates. CD2. 

And of course,

 solo pictures!

It was a fun-filled day and I truly enjoyed a lot. Thanks, HNF-11.

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Catherine is a 20-something BS Nutrition student of the University of the Philippines, but her heart screams for the art. She is a freelance creative and model, an artist and a writer, and an advocate of human rights and the environment.

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