A couple of years ago my dad retired from teaching and decided to switch to farming. He found this piece of land in the outskirts of Cagayan de Oro City. After years of hearing about what the land was like, I finally got to see what he was talking about when we visited them last year. He is currently raising Cows, Pigs and Chickens. One of the cool things that he is doing is that he is re-using the waste of these animals as fertilizers of the crops that he is using which can be considered as the most basic principle in sustainable agriculture farming. His main crop right now are corn (the image on the top-left of this blog is an actual image from the farm) and eggplants. That one time we were there, his farm hands were sorting out roughly 100 pounds worth for eggplants from that days harvest alone. He does have other crops, right now he is experimenting on red rice, strawberries, pineapples, bananas and coffee.
I’ve been trying to help him out by researching on what seem to be the best way to be able to attain Sustainable Agriculture Farming. One of the pretty good resources out there can be found at http://www.hobbyfarms.com/. They mostly discuss items that deal with hobby based farming and has really helped me in looking at farming in a simpler and more scaled down perspective. Their articles on Crops & Gardening and Equipment & Tools are very good. There is one article that does stand out and is on my top list in discussing with my Dad, bee keeping. But that would be another blog for another time.
I just helped buy my dad a mini-truck that he can use to deliver the crops in and out of the city. I guess our next project would be a hand-held tractor that can double up as a diesel generator and a solar pump that can bring fresh water to the farm house.