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Tarlac hill farm engages in organic farming

Tomy Garma Farm gives you a majestic view of nature, especially glorious hues of emerald from endless rice fields and mango trees.

By Eula Dee Lañada
Photos by Aeron P. Bermudez

Perched on top of a hill, Tomy Garma Farm gives you a majestic view of nature, especially glorious hues of emerald from endless rice fields and mango trees. With 2.8 hectares of productive area, Mr. Tomy Garma has a variety of crops which follows the principles of organic agriculture. His farm is filled with rice, pinakbet vegetables, mango, mint and tarragon and a pond full of tilapia.

Tomy Garma, the owner of the farm, also raises tilapia in a pond.

In venturing into organic agriculture, Tomy Garma said that he is ensured that the health of their family is safe, as well as their buyers and visitors. He also quipped that the organic concoctions he uses in his farm cost less than the synthetic ones. “So organikong pagsasaka, buhay ay gaganda,” exclaimed Garma when asked what is it that he want to convey to other farmers and enthusiasts.

The lineup of activities in the farm includes a farm tour, rice and vegetable planting (you can also pick vegetables and pay for it later), organic concoctions making, and then fishing of tilapia.

Serving food with raw materials fresh from the farm, one would be sure that it is healthy and chemical-free, They often serve delicious local dishes such as pinakbet, inabraw, papayang may saluyot with tilapia, native pig adobo or sinigang, kamote tops and leaves.

In venturing into organic agriculture, Tomy Garma said that he is ensured that the health of their family is safe, as well as their buyers and visitors.

Garma did not regret venturing into farming as he owes all of his children’s education to it. As a frustrated engineer, he said that he only dreamt of the farm and he can only see it in the books that he tears through. But now, he cannot believe that his dream became a reality. He reaped a gold in the farm and the blessings have rippled ever since.

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

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