We often see this jewel bug (Chrysocoris sp.) around our calamansi trees. This jewel bug belongs to the family Scutelleridae. The website Project Noah tells us more:
“Scutelleridae is a family of true bugs. They are commonly known as jewel bugs or metallic shield bugs due to their often brilliant coloration. They are also known as shield-backed bugs due to the enlargement of the last section of their thorax into a continuous shield over the abdomen and wings. This latter characteristic distinguishes them from most other families within Heteroptera, and may lead to misidentification as a beetle rather than a bug. These insects feed on plant juices from a variety of different species, including some commercial crops. Closely related to stink bugs, they may also produce an offensive odour when disturbed. There are around 450 species worldwide.”
Remember that Smart Digital Farmers Program 101 held last month? Participants to that workshop were supposed to make short videos about our respective farms. Here are our two entries–tell us what you think!
Last night we had a dream–we dreamt that Chef Boy Logro, Mr. Ping Ping Ping himself spent two days in Our Farm Republic shooting for his super-secret project. And then we woke up, and realized, we weren’t dreaming after all! We’re still star struck! The Kusina Master is truly the most humble, most fun, super kind and generous celebrity chef we’ve ever met. Thank you so much, Chef Boy Logro and your wonderful team for choosing Our Farm Republic as the location for your super secret project. Can’t wait to welcome you back and hear about your own farm down south! <3
Wanna see our workshop output during the Smart Digital Farmers Program 101? We had to conceptualize, shoot, edit, and post this 2-minute video in less than two hours. We learned sooo much and had sooo much fun we cannot wait to do this again!
We had some special guests yesterday at Our Farm Republic! SMART Philippines, in cooperation with the Agricultural Training Institute RTC1 and The Probe Foundation, held the Digital Farmers Program 101 seminar-workshop today for farmers and millennials from all over Pangasinan. We had tons of fun as we learned how to use the latest in video and mobile phone technology to tell stories that would promote our farms to the rest of the world through the wonders of social media.
We welcomed STI Tourism students from Dagupan City to Our Farm Republic today.
We loved hearing your giggles when you petted our pet piglets Siopao and Siomai. Glad you enjoyed learning about basic organic farming principles and practices and we’re extremely happy to know that you are all interested in pursuing sustainable farm tourism in your respective areas.
Indeed there is JOY in farming, and YES, visits are more FARMFUNtastic, FESTIVE, and FRUITful in Filipino farms! <3
Visit our mini-gallery to see how much fun they had in Our Farm Republic!
Our Farm Republic welcomed the crew from ABS-CBN North Luzon today. In the spotlight? Our Arroz Azul Valenciana!
Healthy, safe, good food are grown organically by farmers like us who love eating colorful meals that are also nutritious and delicious. After all, nothing beats farm-to-table dishes cooked with love and gusto. <3