By Eula Dee A. Lañada
Photos by Aeron P. Bermudez
Perfected the art of hydroponics, the Yabuts have decided to build a farm in the Philippines, specifically in Samal, Bataan. Dubbed as Bataan Hydroponics, the farm is owned by the dynamic pair, Danilo and Lerylina Yabut.
Also known as soilless agriculture, hydroponics is growing plants in a nutrient solution root medium. It is also a growing area for commercial food production as well as for home consumption.
As a chemist, Lerylina has concocted her own medium with all the needed nutrients for plants to thrive using the hydroponics system. Danilo, on the other hand, is in-charge of the labor and design of the greenhouses where hydroponics ensues.
As an integrated vegetable production farm, Bataan Hydroponics produces high quality green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, grapes, and herbs such as arugula, mint, and basil using the latest hydroponics technology. In fact, they regularly supply restaurants and other stores nearby.
The technologies present promote the fast growth of the crops in a controlled greenhouse environment. With this, the vegetables in the area are chemical-free during the growth cycle. This guarantees the production of fresh and healthy vegetables for public consumption.
The farm also holds a site tour, and seminars on basic hydroponics, plant nutrition, and hydroponics systems for only Php200.00/head for almost 3 hours. They also offer affordable starting kits to those who would want to venture into hydroponics.
The couple said that to venture in this field, you only need the ideal combination of the following: sunlight, oxygen, good temperature, humidity and nutrients. When asked to encourage other farmers to try their craft, Danilo said, “Hydroponics is simple and easy to operate but nevertheless you have to exude love and passion to succeed in this Held.”
This article was first published as Bataan Hydroponics in Vignette A Travelogue of Central Luzon’s Agritourism Sites from the Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center III.