My Farm Gallery

Buro Buro Springs Vermi Farm

Buro Buro Springs Vermi Farm (www.vermiphil.com) is our family farm,  a highly integrated organic farm located in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. It is a premier agro-tourism destination in the Philippines and the first organically certified farm by NICERT in the country. It is considered as the primary resource and training center of Vermiculture in the Philippines and produces organic rice, fruits, herbs as well as high value vegetables. It also produces Vermicompost, Bokashi Organic Feritlizer and Liquid Foliar Fertilizers, mostly from agricultural waste matter. The farm also produces a line of herbal supplements from medicinal plants soon to be registeredwith the FDA for commercial sale. In the last 10 years, this farm has advocated the practice of Vermiculture through training and consultancy services for farmers, local government units and private organizations – to date supplying over 6 tons of African Nightcrawler worms all over the Philippine archipelago. This was my home for over four years, during which I learned the basics of sustainable farming methods and eventually became an organic farming specialist. It is a host farm of the international organization, World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farms (WWOOF), which links farms to volunteers around the world interested in learning a sustainable and organic lifestyle.

Organic Vegetables

Farm House and Training Center

Vermicomposting Beds

Organic Lettuce

Bokashi Compost Factory

Organic Rice Fields

Amanpulo

Amanpulo is an exclusive resort in Pamalican Island, North Cuyo, Palawan. Famous for its A list clientele and its immaculate white sand beach, it is arguably one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines. Reachable through its own private airport and airline company, it is literally in the middle of nowhere between mainland Panay and Palawan. I started working here in 2008, introducing vermicomposting and soil preparation techniques for a tiny garden they already had. This area was eventually overhauled and farmscaped, greenhouses were constructed and a liquid fertilizer laboratory was created. Today, Amanpulo Organic Garden produces most of the resort’s salad greens, herbs and vegetables that are served in their various outlets. The farm is in the process of certification, eventually making Amanpulo the first island resort with an organically certified garden in the Philippines.

Amanpulo Organic Garden

Kitchen Staff Harvesting Fresh Produce

Rain Harvesting Equipment

Farm-to-Plate Arugula Salad

Vermicompsting Beds

Sangat Island Dive Resort

Sangat Island is located off Busuanga Island in Northern Palawan. Accessed through the town of Coron, it is a 700 hectare island with limestone cliffs and dense forest cover. It is a nature reserve as well and located near four of the wrecks that this part of the Philippines is known for. Sangat has a small 5000 square meter farm planted to local vegetables and garden greens. It has a vemicomposting facility and fements its own fertilizers from waste products as well. It will soon be used as a model farm in teaching the native Tagbanua of the area sustainable farming methods.

Sangat Island Organic Farm

Vegetable Plots from Cleared Jungle

Worm Breeding Beds

Vermicomposting Beds

Vegetable Plots

Lazy Greens

Lazy Greens is a small organic farm located in Nabaoy, Malay, Aklan. Started in 2009, it supplies organic vegetables for a restaurant and a deli owned by Binggoy Remedios of the famous Dos Mestizos Spanish Restaurant in Boracay. It has a vermicomposting facility and also produces its own fertilizers from waste products. Its vermicomposting process uses agricultural waste products from nearby rice farms as well as animal waste gathered around the area It supplies their restautant requirements as well as produce for Boracay’s Saturday community market at Plazoleta Square.

Vermicomposting Beds

Nursery

Organic Vegetable Beds

Organic Lettuce

Sunnyvale Eco-Farm

Sunnyvale Eco-Farm is located on a 5000 square meter property in the traditionally rice-growing area of San Miguel, Iloilo. Started by a retired lawyer and real estate executive, it was the fastest farm I ever developed and finished after 4 months from breaking ground. It produces organic lettuce, arugula, tomatos, basil and other culinary herbs which are supplied to restaurants in Iloilo City as well as to top hotels in Boracay Island. All its fertilizers are made from agricultural waste products such as rice straw, rice hull and carabao dung, making it a sustainable food system in its own environment.

Building the Nursery

Vermicomposting Beds

First Crop

First Harvest

Greenhouses

Farm on a Cliff

Farm on a Cliff is a small garden I helped set up in Yapak, on the Northeast end of Boracay Island. Set in a 2000 square meter area, it is probably one of my biggest farmscaping challenges. When we were planning the farm in April 2011, it seemed as the most improbable area for building one. It was sloping, rocky and had clayish top soil. Water is also an expensive commodity in the island, as this is pumped from the mainland by a water and sewerage company. We eventually made terraced plots, a rain catching system and vermicomposting beds. Three months after breaking ground, we harvested our first crop of arugula. It is planted to pineapples, salad greens, basil, herbs, tomatos and cucumber.

terraced vegetable beds

rain catching system

organic lolo rossa

first harvest

vermicomposting beds

 

 

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12 thoughts on “My Farm Gallery”

  1. Ma. Gala M. Enerio said:

    Ostentatious! congratulations for the astounding organic farms you have built in Palawan, Negros and Panay. these inspired me to realize my long dream of developing one myself here in balamban, cebu. can u keep posting the developments in these farms in the near future as well as other farms you will be building soon? thnaks a lot for inspiring people around.

  2. Kristine Zembrano said:

    hi! i’m a researcher for a government agency and we are currently doing a research project on lettuce. i’d like to visit the farms especially the ones in palawan and negros occidental. please, can you help me contact them? thanks in advance and i really find your article inspiring.

    • Hi Kristine,

      You may contact the different farms through the links found on my home page to the right. Sangat Island has already stopped their farming operations due to a drought that hit them last year. The rest are still operating so you may contact them to schedule your research visit. Thanks

      Paul

      • Kristine Zembrano said:

        thanks paul,
        i contacted pam from buro buro and will coordinate my visit with her. thanks again.

  3. Excellent post. I used to be checking continuously this weblog and I am inspired! Extremely useful info specifically the last section 🙂 I maintain such information a lot. I was looking for this particular info for a very lengthy time. Thanks and best of luck.

  4. Mr. Paul Henares’ warm accommodation in his organic farm made great impact for my group (Animo Puppet Theater). We were here more than 2 years ago and I can say WOW! what a trip. It’s not only inspiring but also it’s educating!!! Thanks again Mr. Paul Henares I hope we could meet again soon.

  5. Cherry Rogato said:

    Hi I am researching on how to build my own organic farm.I am amazed on how beautiful these farms are. I dont have any experience or knowledge in farming. i have excess space in my familys poultry lot. i like to grow some organic vegetables. can you help me find a training center or consultant that can help me set up? thank you very much. You may contact me at 0922-8867399 Cherry rogato. Hope for your favorable reply

    • Hi Cherry,

      Thank you for your kind comments about my farm gallery. Our farm conducts training for people like you interested in doing organic farming. You may contact my mother, Pamela Henares, at owapam@gmail.com for details on how you can visit and observe our practices. Thanks

      Paul

  6. Harry Belonio said:

    Dear Mr. Henares:
    In your years of doing organic farming, do you think its necessary to apply bio-control agents to control pests and diseases and therefore boost yield?

    • Hello Harry,

      There are natural bio-control methods that can control pests and diseases. Read on Oriental Herbal Nutirients ( OHN ). We can sell you this if you wish to get it directly from us. Thanks

  7. Benedict said:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge.. My name is thomas benedict reyes 09258667878. Pls do contact im want to bring my family to your farm in talisay. Im planting rent a lot and start a small vermiculture organic farm vegies with freerange chicken.. God bless you

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