By Nikky Necessario

A day of leaving the city and experiencing farm life is what Balik Bukid Jr. offered last May 19. This year’s fair was a ‘junior’ version because they moved to a smaller venue from their neighboring farm, Fun Farms, to Holy Carabao Holistic Farms. Both farms are located in Hacienda Sta. Elena, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

The program aims to connect children to nature and to lessen their reliance on gadgets and mobile phones. The country fair features various back-to-land activities such as feeding bunnies, pigs, and goats; carabao cart, horseback, and unlimited zipline rides; and a mud pit for children to play and get dirty in.

Aside from these livestock activities for kids (and the kids alike), there were a number of pop-up stalls that sold food, soaps, bags, and other organic and sustainable products, all of them curated by Hindy Weber-Tantoco and Melanie Go, founders of Holy Carabao Farms and the people behind Balik Bukid Jr. “Everything we have here, from the food to whatever it is sold by the merchants, they had to be home made and organic. The closest to its original state whatever that maybe,” Go said, as they want their attendees to have guilt-free shopping.

Currently on its 6th run, Balik Bukid Jr. was made possible by Holy Carabao Farms and Game Changer PH.