Simulating nature's organic gifts:
The natural cultivation of fresh produce minimizes risk and increases healthy benefits. Here are some organic farms that provide healthy food products.
These days, it seems as if everything has gone organic—food, cosmetics, and even clothes. People are now making it their business to check out what goes into the stuff they buy and how they’re made or processed. Thus, the market for natural or organic products is growing. Instead of chemical additives and over processing, people now look to ingredients or production practices that are derived from or related to "living organisms," as defined by the dictionary.
So what is organic farming? Organic farming involves the cultivation of crops using fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin. It relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control, organically approved pesticide application, and mechanical cultivation. Animals in an organic farm are raised without the use of drugs, hormones, or synthetic chemicals.
Organic Manila was established four years ago. It was the natural progression of founder Rafael Gonzales’ involvement in various areas of the organic movement. "Making organic food available for a healthier you is my advocacy,” he says.
He observes that people who chose to go organic did so because they fell ill, knew somebody who did, or “someone in their circle has died due to cancer-related food." Organic farming yields produce that are extremely rich in natural minerals and nutrients. It also helps preserve the environment. "I have seen farms that are heavily damaged from chemical overuse. The soil calcifies like hard chalk and it loses its main purpose, which is to provide life. If a farmer turns to organic means of farming, he may still have time to save his farm."
Rather than operate its own farm, Organic Manila trains and educates willing farmers on different organic farming methods. According to Gonzales, it is important to make farmers fully understand that the extra work involved is worth it.
"Talking to conventional farmers is not that easy. A lot of them are pessimists. If you tell them to grow using organic methods, they feel that they will fail or they will not have enough income," he explains. "Fortunately, I have met farmers who were willing to do it. We now have farmers growing for us in Rizal, Laguna, and Benguet. Our sharing the same advocacy and ideal is what made us click."
Contact Rafael Gonzales for inquiries
Tel. no.: (02) 794 9226
Mobile no.: (0928) 624 5185 or (0917) 513 5959
Web site: organicmanila.com
Located in Abra, Pamora Farm is a free-range chicken farm which uses a free-range chicken breed from France. "Free-range" denotes a method of farming husbandry where animals are allowed to roam freely instead of being contained or caged.
Pamora Farm lets their chickens out of their shelter to roam around the field, forage for natural foods, scratch the ground for insects and whatever vegetation is available to them.
Raising chickens naturally means the birds are not pumped with growth-accelerating hormones. They are also not given antibiotics and other chemical stimulants which can be harmful to people. As a result, their meat is firm, lean, and considered of better quality.
There are also substantial increases in nutritional value particularly in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A. There is also markedly less total fat.
Address: Km. 396 Garreta, Pidigan, Abra
Manila liaison office: Unit M-IX Gallery Bldg., Amorsolo St., Makati City
Tel. no.: (02) 759 2678 or 811 1580
Mobile no.: (0917) 537 5639
Web site: pamorafarm.com
The Farm at San Benito
More widely known as a wellness resort and spa, The Farm at San Benito is located in an organic coconut and coffee plantation in Batangas. It was transformed by Eckart Rempe, a German national, and his Filipina wife, Perla, into the verdant paradise it is today.
The Farm's approach to wellness follows the Hippocratic dictum, "Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be food". This belief is showcased in The Farm’s restaurant, Alive! The food it serves is 85 percent raw and 15 percent cooked, using ingredients harvested daily from The Farm’s own organic gardens.
Its extensive Kitchen Garden yields a wide variety of sprouts used in their menu preparations. It cultivates its own wheat grass for use in health drinks. Guests can also take the Alive! Culinary Prep Class to learn how they can prepare healthy meals on their own using organic produce.
Aside from a healthy and nutritious dose of organic food, The Farm also offers European-inspired medical services and natural spa healing treatments supported by a team of experienced medical doctors, nurturing spa therapists, movement consultants, and living food chefs. Whether it’s a day trip, an overnight stay, or a week-long recovery retreat, you can be assured of consuming only organic food at The Farm.