Welcome To The Happy House Organic Farm – Philippines

Soak in the abundant nature based organic paradise that we are creating here 1km easy walk to the sea, in the middle of Luzon – the biggest island of the Philippines – just a simple bus trip north of Manila.
The best way to be with us is to join us on one of our monthly ‘Empower YOUR Life’ courses.

Alternatively you can join us on a volunteer work exchange or as an Organic Farm Stay guest (for Filipinos only)

 


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Organic Farm Philippines

We cover many areas of education including:

  • Organic agriculture
  • Vermiculture
  • Whole life empowerment
  • Natural health
  • Natural healing
  • Natural business creating and management
  • Power of creation and attraction

While we constantly focus on expanding and developing our organic farm, it is not our main focus. The organic farm exists to provide a dedicated work space for our guests to enjoy while providing us with all our organic food needs.

The main focus of the Happy House Farm here in the Philippines is education.

 

Fortunately there are a growing number of organic farms in the Philippines.
View our list of organic farms Philippines

 


Why Organic Farms In The Philippines Are A Great Idea

At the Happy House organic farm we have a standing joke when we dig the soil. We tell everyone that we are digging for gold and we have recently found a lot of gold, but it’s all brown!

Literally the soil is a farmers gold. And if a farmer does not care for the soil it cannot care for him/her. Soil health is everything on an organic farm so at the Happy House Farm we invest a lot of energy rebuilding soil fertility and micro-nutrients. We mainly use vermiculture along with traditional organic compost making to increase the soil fertility.

Many people – including conventional farmers, often think that organic farming is more labour intensive. And while some aspects of organic farming are more work, such as weeding, overall when sustainable modern best-practice techniques are used, such as mulching, no-plough, cover-cropping, crop rotation, vermiculture and permaculture, then the workload can be reduced in many cases.

Organic farming adds value in so many ways. While the Philippines is still a developing economy it is the perfect time to convert over to organic farming. In the USA, Australasia and Europe organic food is sold for a high premium price and it has a large consumer base. And while labour costs are still very low in the Philippines now is the time to convert and gain an edge in the market space by being an early adopter.

Most farmers in the Philippines live at a subsistence level. While they are often much better off than many city dwelling folk, they have a hard life. Living in simple homes close to nature with little material comfort may sound romantic but the reality is quite different. Having extra income from organic product sales which can sometimes be as much as 50% more than conventional products, can make a big difference in the farmers lives. The extra income can allow them to educate their children, have a few more material comforts all-the-while being able to eat their own organic foods grown without poison sprays and artificial fertilizers that destroy the soil along with their long-term livelihood.


Organic Farms In The Philippines : The Future

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The future of organic farming in the Philippines is likely to be a strong one as long as organic certification is in place.

Fortunately there have been some strong thinkers in the government and an act from 2010 (Organic Act of 2010 10068) has been created that will take effect from 2015 whereby organic products can only be labelled as such if they are certified organic.

Organic certification has strong barriers to entry – financial and administrative – so only focused professional farms will become certified giving consumers here and abroad strong certainty about the organic status and the professionalism behind the people and companies growing and marketing organic foods.

This consumer-backed confidence will allow Philippine farmers to leverage on the cheap and abundant labour supply here in the Philippines while being able to gain extra profit margins from an industry that by and large is undervalued.

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Of course strong barriers to entry will affect small organic farmers. This will be inevitable, but as with all major positive changes, a way forward will be created so that the small farm holders can still sell organic vegetables and products. One way forward could be from government grants. The Philippine government is becoming pro-organic so the 2010 Act will slow the organic farming industry down unless the government also intervenes and makes it possible for the every-day organic farmer to become certified.

One thing for sure though is that farmers who have been practicing organics for a number of years will have a distinct competitive advantage in the future because it can take up to three years to gain full certification.

If a farm wants to convert over from conventional agriculture it has to go through a conversion period before it can receive full organic certification status. Additionally it takes about two years for soil to start recovering and become fertile enough to sustain organic agriculture. Soil subjected to pesticide and chemical fertiliser is very ‘weak’ with low microbe count and little or no worm activity.

At the Happy House Organic farm we did not plant a crop in our fields for one and a half years. We allowed the weeds to grow and let nature to take over. Last summer when all our neigbours’ land was bare and barren, our property was green and lush, with all the untethered local goats roaming by to enjoy the feast!