Life Lessons from Caterpillars

Cocoons and caterpillars — beautiful lessons about life can be learned from our beloved creatures at Our Farm Republic. Here’s the cocoon and caterpillar of Pachliopta aristolochiae, common name Common Rose butterfly, a swallowtail butterfly that has a red body and black wings.

Our Batwan Tree is Fruiting

Batwan is a fruit normally just found in Eastern Visayas and is a traditional souring agent in dishes around those parts. Last time I tasted its fruit was at Pamela Henares’ house in Bacolod and I loved it so much I had to take some seeds home. Now that it’s fruiting here, in Pangasinan, I can’t wait until they’re ready!

It seems like we are going to have a great harvest (one out of the three trees is hitik sa bunga).

Maybe will ask our cook from Bohol to use it for a bangus dish. It’s time to do it the Ilonggo way. After all, Ilonggos, like Kapampangans, are known for their mouthwatering local cuisine.

Ifugao Farmers Benchmark at Our Farm Republic

Farmers from Ifugao, through a project spearheaded by the Ifugao State University, recently conducted their Good Agricultural Practices and organic farming benchmarking activity at Our Farm Republic. Thank you, ISU Dean Teresita Allig for bringing your project beneficiaries to us. We hope the farmers were able to learn from our farm’s practices and will be able to adapt and apply them to their respective farms.

Time for Our Cherry Tomatoes to Shine!

Today, our lovely, sweet, explode-in-your-mouth cherry tomatoes are in the spotlight through one of our suki members of the media, Joanne Ponsoy of Balitang Amianan/GMA Regional TV.

Balitang Amianan/GMA Regional TV Host Joanne Ponsoy picking cherry tomatoes at Our Farm Republic.

If you want your freshly picked crops to last longer, harvest with the stems
After cherry tomato-picking, time to work!

Our cherry tomatoes is the star in our veggie omelet–the newest addition to our breakfast/merienda menu.

 

Our Farm Republic Welcomes DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega

Our Farm Republic is honored and humbled to have welcomed our new Department of Tourism Regional Director Jeff Ortega recently during his two-day tour of farm tourism sites across Pangasinan. We had the full support of our beloved Agricultural Training Institute RTC1 Director Rogelio Evangelista and TESDA-Pangasinan Acting Provincial Director Rosa Untalan who joined us in welcoming RD Ortega to Our Farm Republic. Also present was our ever -supportive Pangasinan Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office head Malu Amor- Elduayan.

With (L-R) TESDA Pangasinan Acting Provincial Director Rosa P. Untalan and ATI-RTC1 Director Rogelio Evangelista
With ATI-RTC1 Director Rogelio Evangelista, TESDA-Pangasinan Provincial Director Rosa Untalan, TESDA Pangasinan UTPRAS Focal Menchie Lopez, and TESDA-PSAT’s Gerry Amansec
ATI-RTC1 Director Rogelio Evangelista and Pangasinan Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office Head Malu Amor-Elduayan welcome Department of Tourism Regional Director Jeff Ortega in Our Farm Republic
Quick meeting about the direction of farm tourism in Region 1

We gave RD Ortega the grand tour of Our Farm Republic so he’d get a feel of what our guests experience when coming to the farm.

The Our Farm Republic farm tour starts near our fish/filter pond
Our Farm Republic is a DOT-accredited Farm Tourism Site
Our guests go through our Hall of Fame, where all our awards and training certificates are proudly displayed. In Our Farm Republic, we value continuous skills development and learning and emphasize this among our team by allowing and encouraging them to participate in as many trainings, seminars, and workshops that our schedules permit. We are very grateful to all the government and private institutions that provide these free trainings that help us improve and learn more.
DOT Regional Director Ortega gets a brief overview of the ways in which we produce our own biopesticides and biofertilizers to use in our farm.
The tour continues through our garden area. Here, under a clump of green wax apples (makopa), DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega gestures toward the plump and juicy fruits just waiting to be harvested.
We encourage our guests to use their senses while going through our garden. Here, DOT Regional Director Ortega gets a taste of this season’s cherry tomato harvest.
“To your right is our row of cherry tomatoes just waiting to be picked by our guests…”
“To your left is our practical work area where we do most of our sowing, transplanting, and potting…”
DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega meets our resident pet piglet, Siopao.
PTCAO Head Malu Amor Elduayan takes a selfie with DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega and staff in our Gratitude Path.
DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega takes the time to smell our herbs in our Herbolarium.
DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega takes a moment to pose with members of Team OFR.
Before leaving, DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega thanks Team OFR, especially our resident chef, Ate Marge, for the wonderful meal she prepared for our guests

Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again soon!

 

WE WON!!!

Remember the Smart Digital Farmers Program 101 we participated in last November? They awarded the winners today and…we won! Both of our entries tied for first place.

We would like to thank Smart, the Probe Foundation, and ATI-RTC1 for the opportunity to learn from and work with all of you. We are very much honored and privileged to be a part of this very creative activity together with our fellow 1-SIKAT members.

Thank you also to all of you who watched the video, had a good laugh with Ang Probinsiyana, and identified with the sentiments of Magsasaka Ako, happily commented, liked, sent heart emoticons, and shared our two videos.

For hearing us and allowing us to share our stories, our advocacies, and our plight, we are truly grateful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Harvest of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ate Marge and Robert got up bright and early today to harvest these fresh, sweet, plump cherry tomatoes from our garden. We’re super excited to use these in our dishes. We hope this is a good sign of the year ahead!