By Vina Medenilla

In part one of this story, husband and wife Rossinni and Jose Obligacion, proprietors of JoRoss Farm, shared how they established their farm despite having no background in agriculture, and how they managed to grow it into the thriving business that it is today. Here are the several farming tips that they’ve found effective so far: 

  1. Grow herbs. Producing them is not “very delicate and uses small quantities of water.” By tending herbs, you won’t have to worry about your water bills escalating. Herbs are expensive in the market, therefore, growing them will put you at an advantage. You can sell them and earn a high income or save your money from not buying them at the market since you can easily acquire them on your farm or in the garden.
  2. Try off-season planting. Like what JoRoss Farm tries to do, even if you produce small quantities of non-seasonal crops, still, you get the best competitive price due to the limited supply in the market.
  3. Practice natural farming. Other than the fact that it’s sustainable, it can benefit everyone involved in the supply chain from the farmer to the environment to the consumers.
  4. Keep learning. “[You] don’t have to be an inborn farmer to become one,” said Jose. The couple’s shift to farming despite not having any experience in it was made possible because they educated themselves through research and by attending seminars. The programs and training organized by the Department of Agriculture are highly recommended.
  5. Pay it forward. As you gain and apply the knowledge you discovered, it’s good practice to share and educate others about what you are doing. “Go out of your shell and share the benefits, they will be your first supporters.”

The farm is allowed to operate amid the COVID-19 situation, although in a limited capacity, as they have secured permits from the concerned government agencies. As long as the guests comply with the farm sanitation guidelines and the protocols imposed by the government, they are allowed to enter JoRoss Farm. 

The onslaught of several typhoons in the previous weeks left about 70% damage on the farm. As per Jose, they’re now in the restoration mode that will probably last for six months.

As farmers, resilience to natural disasters is something that the couple has developed. These disasters do not weaken them yet are making them even stronger. 

Photos courtesy of JoRoss Farm.

For more information, visit JoRoss Farm.