By Eula Dee Lañada
Photos by Aeron P. Bermudez
Not only she is an advocate of human rights, Atty. Carolyn Dumlao-Amis also is a champion in natural farming. She found a home for her crops in Sta. Monica, Rizal, Nueva Ecija, dubbed as KD Farm, where it bears rice, bananas, Jemon, and various, vegetables. Her farm is also an abode for ducks, native chickens and pigs.
She shared that she had a recurring dream when she was young, a dream that she was standing among lush greens, and endless waters. One day, she found herself standing in that same spot and instantly recognized and knew that her dream came true. Her dream led her to the farm. Little did she know that her farm will serve as an instrument to help other people.
Through her farm, she is not only helping the environment with natural farming, but also lending a hand to a group of rebel returnees.
Atty. Carol established Kabuhayan, Kalikasan at Kaunlaran tungo sa Pagbabagong Buhay Association (KKKPBA) to aid the said rebel returnees in making their idle times productive through farming. Noticed how hardworking and passionate in learning the group is, she decided to find trainings or activities regarding agriculture for them.
Farm visitors would enjoy the healthy food served in the farm such as dragon fruit, sweet potato tops or leaves (talbos ng kamote), eggplant, ladies’ fingers, tomato, chili pepper, and home-brewed tea. KD Farm will be launching their products soon such as chips of ladies’ fingers [okra), sweet potato and other vegetables.
The farm has also a holding area overlooking the endless waters of the river. This is a perfect place to unwind, relax and spend time with nature as it is far from the busy streets of the city. As Atty. Carol quipped, “There is no better thing than working with nature. The benefits will stay forever.” , –
Atty. Carol also envisions to have a boating activity where visitors would enjoy fishing at the same time picking vegetables which are suspended in a trellis over the river.
This article was first published as KD Nature Farm in Vignette A Travelogue of Central Luzon’s Agritourism Sites from the Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center III.