That was one sunny morning and we were at the busy Caticlan Jetty Port heading to Nabaoy, where the farm is situated.
In less than an hour, we get off from a tricycle in front of an open bamboo gate. All you can hear was palpable silence except for the sound of gentle wind through the bamboos and birds chirping in the background.
It was like nobody was there. Suddenly, there was this white furred little thing crawled out under the two-story nipa hut. This cute little one barked at us strangers!
In a few minutes, a caretaker came out from behind the house too , olala my heart almost dropped! Popping out from nowhere of the puppy and the caretaker actually took me by surprise. He smiled at us coyly. He asked us to wait for his boss and took the cute puppy inside.
We relax ourselves as we waited and in no time Binggoy, in white polo shirt, khaki pants, and farming shoes welcomed us warmly. He toured us around and here are the pictures we took to share with you.
What to Find at Finca Verde
Farm’s To Do List
This is an attention catcher and this is a must-have to any farm.
Arugulas in this bamboo greenhouse are newly harvested. They trimmed the leaves off, leaving the main plant to regrow leaves. On the further left is a row of coriander. These herbs are used to add to the dishes served at Dos Mestizos in Boracay.
Coriander, arugula and tarragons.
The herbs in the farm’s nursery at germination stage.
I loved these giant fern leaves as a canopy. It’s refreshing as you walked through this stone path under the sun.
This lead us to where the labyrinth of tarragons and other herbs. There are nipa huts for the guests who would like to stay for a night or two. Near it, is the river.
Binggoy himself and guests enjoyed tubing up and down the river especially during summer. They also hold picnics in one of the areas in the farm and on the other side of the river.
Saw these free-range ducks roaming around. At the right, is the ducks’ house. This is located at the other side of the farm, away from the river. Binggoy said that he wanted to raise chickens again and pigs later on in this farm.
The mountain behind it is planned to fill with a variety of wild and local orchid collections. Can you imagine the lush green mountain with blobs of multi-colored orchids in bloom? Soon, that would be an awesome nature backdrop to behold!
This kind of pepper is hotter than cayenne. The birds just dropped the seeds at the farm and it just grew there on its own. Binggoy noticed that once this hot pepper is planted near eggplants, the veggies are pest-free.
At one glance, this bush looks like an eggplant especially the appearance of the leaves. But the yellow fruit tells you it’s not. This is not edible, but it can serve as another attraction to your farm. Name of this plant? Mickey Mouse. Such a vibrant mouse in the farm!
Binggoy here showed us the vermi bed with vermicasts ready to use for his plants. When I asked, where can we buy the ANC (African Night Crawlers, he referred us to an Organic Farm expert named Paul Henares.
The Improvised Carbonized Rice Hull (CRH) Burner
The farm’s caretaker is seen here with his Carbonized Rice hull burner. CRH is produced through slow burning of rice hull or what we call “ipa”. CRH is used to enrich the soil the organic way.
It was a quick farm tour and we are happy to share it away with you. To those whose interests lies in farming related activities, hope this post helps.
By the way, Finca Verde also accepts visitors, to those of you who are interested, please see contact details below:
(by reservation only)
Brgy. Nabaoy, Malay, Aklan
+63 998 545 7279
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