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A visit to the farm

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Mountain rice

Middle of this week we went to visit a partner-farm of TheVillageGreenShop in Tarlac and as soon as we set foot in the brown ploughed soil we were welcomed by wonderful breeze of fresh crisp air and awesome sight  of greenery around . We don’t want to leave.  As I look into the horizon I remember a John Muir’s quote which I ran across a brilliant nature blog – Earth Station (http://earthstonestation.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/old-mountain-friends/#comment-2909) that says

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”
― John Muir

Absolutely true.

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Row of calamansi trees grow alongside a barrier

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Real food grown on living soil

When I was much younger I remember going to my father’s farm in the countryside. It’s so calming and relaxing.  For that reason, I realise why while I was living in 2 of the big cities in Europe where a good part of my adult life was spent, had to escape to museums and galleries. Not that impressionist works provide a semblance of sunrise from a Degas work or Monet’s hay stock of sunset and Pissarro’s Harvest but such wonderful works provide respite and inspiration.

And nothing is much truer than living soil underneath my feet as I walked into rows of calamansi trees,  moringa trees, banana trees and papaya trees, white corn, and stooping down to marvel at seedlings of different varieties of lettuces and green leafy veg such as kale, spinach, mustard greens etc.

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Assortment of green leafy veg

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Grass clippings as a mulch for plants. Why? conserves moisture, prevent weed growth, cool the soil and add organic material to the soil.

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This greenhouse is readied to produce arugula, romaine, green ice, mizuna, lollorosa and other green leafy veg such as kale, spinach, pakchoi, etc.

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This 3 feet red lady papaya is not just a beauty but produces bounty aplenty of folic acid, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and vitamin E

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Rosie, our hardworking assistant getting shaded by calamansi trees.

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Seed trays of arugula, romaine, mizuna, lollorosa

This is the organic farm that feeds a growing community of subscribers of TheVillageGreenShop in Metro Manila. At the time of our visit the entire staff including the farmers are doing mid-year assessment and planning  for the next year. They are looking at how can they build resilient structure in the farm and ensure the lettuces and veg withstand extreme temperature and stay happy and keep those insects at bay, create diversity in food choices, ensure affordability and accessibility of organic produce…and bring organic produce on the table in every household. One community at a time.

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Roger is happy picking calamansi.

More than any kind of farm input it is the human element that matters most like commitment, passion and dedication for good healthy real living food and respect for nature that enables our farmers and the entire team of TheVillageGreenShop produce fresh veg, fruits and greens week after week.

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Author: The VillageGreenShop

The VillageGreenShop is a low carbon food social enterprise that champions local and organically grown fruits, veggies and herbs including stringently selected grass-fed and free-range meat, cheese and dairy products sourced directly from indigenous community supported farms and farmers co-op. We, at The VillageGreen Shop, sell only what we eat according to our strict criteria of NO PESTICIDES, FUNGICIDE, NO GMO, and NO HORMONE and ANTIBIOTICS.

2 thoughts on “A visit to the farm

  1. wonderful post, gotta have the dirt under your shoes sometimes. Best of luck with the business.

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