Welcome To The Happy House Organic Farm – Philippines
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Organic Farm Philippines
- Organic agriculture
- 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.
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Why Organic Farms In The Philippines Are A Great Idea
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.
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
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.
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.
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!