By Eula Dee Lañada
Photos by Aeron P. Bermudez

When her husband was diagnosed with liver cancer, Ms. Yolanda “Yolly” Cruz Riguera was inspired to venture into organic farming.

Through organic farming, Riguera is sure that the vegetables and other products they consume are free from harmful chemicals.Nestled in Puncidion St., Angat, Bulacan (near Gawad Kalinga), the natural farm dubbed as Munting Paraiso ni Yolly Farm offers activities which farm and organic enthusiasts would enjoy.

Some of these activities are urban gardening, seedling preparation, and green leafy vegetables planting. Visitors could also experience harvesting eggplants (you just pay for your harvest later), and feeding the chickens in the backyard.

Visitors can experience harvesting eggplants from the farm.

With only just a small area, Yolly utilized it brilliantly and planted it with different kinds of crops, vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, and flowers. They also have poultry and livestock available in the area.

When touring around the area, food is not a problem. Made from freshly harvested crops, the menu usually consists of steamed eggplant, blanched kangkong, chicken tinola, and sinampalukang manok. They also offer champorado made with black rice, tablea and coconut milk.

Yolly utilized the farm’s small space by planting it with different kinds of crops, vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, and flowers.

“Vision, action, and fashion will change you,” quipped Yolly when asked what words she live by. Just like in farming, if you have a vision and you will work on it, then the results would be magnificent.

Feel free to visit Munting Paraiso ni Yolly Farm, a learning site for agriculture, if you are around the area and surely, you will fall in love with organic agriculture.

This article was first published as Munting Paraiso ni Yolly Farm in Vignette A Travelogue of Central Luzon’s Agritourism Sites from the Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center III.