A Visit to DV Boer Farm : A Community Based Partnership

Mr. Dexter A. Villamin was a former OFW based in Thailand . His trail , hardship and lack of education did not deter him from reaching his ultimate success in the field of agri-entrepreneur .

Mr. Dexter A. Villamin and wife 

Hence the name DV Boer Farm was conceptualized . The number of people’s participation to  “Pa-Iwi System” taking care of one’s livestock which is a common practice in Southern Luzon provinces of Laguna , Batangas and Quezon . Unlike the usual pa-iwi system which relies on pure luck and honesty system .

DVBoer Farm 

Methodology 

This methodology were simple using an old system and integrating a new one ( which is already testing in many countries)  some features like livestock insurance. Currently the members  kept on increasing (following the series of seminars abroad aside from the occasionally scheduled on-line seminars or webinar). Hence, to accommodate the influx, DV Boer Farm had expanded by way of establishing satellite farms or sub-farms , Now they have farms located in Pangasinan which had a combined area of about 40 hectares and in Sorsogon province.

Lian , Batangas 

Lian is just a few minutes away from the beaches of Nasugbu and its rustic beauty and picturesque view of the surrounding agricultural areas are worthy place to visit, especially those who are keen in setting -up a new farm model  or just simple relaxation .

large nipa hut which can accommodate guests for overnight stay complete with modern day amenities like air-conditioned rooms and an area for meeting place or dining area which can accommodate between 30 to 50 people .

buffet table

The farm is self sustaining , they have a lot of homegrown vegetables . While the nearby mango orchard were also well taken cared -off .  Another nice feature about this farm is that they are also gearing-up for farm tourism potential .

suckling pig

Our group were treated to a lunch buffet which consists of rice, grilled pork liempo , kalderetang kabing , sinampalukang manok , sinigang na sabaw , grilled fish ( caught from the nearby Nasugbu area) suckling lechon with their own version of  sauce cooked Balayan /Lian style and their buko salad.

grilled fish and pork liempo 

The place had a nice topography , landscape features, magnificent views and farm life. They are also planning to add more nipa huts to accommodate the influx of local and well as foreign tourists. There was also some instances that their farm was also

Boer Goats

Boer goat is a breed of goat that was developed in South Africa in the early 1900s for meat production. Their name is derived from the Afrikaan ( Dutch ) word “boer”, meaning farmer. Boer goats are a popular breed for meat . The breed is carefully breed  with the local goats to achieve higher yielding meat . There is a growing need for goats in the country , in which local backyard growers cannot supply the market . That is “why” the price of goat meat is still relatively expensive .

Aside from goats, there are also sheep, cattle, pigs , different breeds of chicken ( heritage breeds) turkey, horses , and ostrich.

cattle

Unlike other farms, the animals are well-taken cared off , There are about 80 to 130 farm employees , which also provide  income opportunities to Filipinos . The farm also conducts a regular monthly seminars and training for those interested with their project.

group photo with media groups 

Community Partnership 

For those who are interested with their program and would like to replicate their Pa-Iwi system , one can try to reach them via at their FaceBook: Dv Boer Farm .

Websitehttp://www.dvboerfarm.com/

Address: Poblacion 1, Barangay Balibago , Lian , Batangas province.

Cellphone ( 0917-208-9388) / 9255323186

 

 

 

 

Paradizoo : A Haven for Nature Lovers and Best Practices in Agriculture

Mendez, Cavite province – Philippines

entrance

Zoomanity Group the leading Company in theme park industry is part of the Yupangco Group of Companies.  The farm is located in the town of Mendez in Cavite province. It is about 2 and 1/2 hour drive from Makati City .  Paradizoo is a 10 hectares farm with 2 more hectares to be develop ( total farm area is 12-hectares ) . The farm  apply the BEST Practices in agriculture especially in farming like vermi-culture  , bokashi soil, hydroponics and putting up compost pits .

WELCOME Pavilion or  Paradizoo Cafe

What is Bokashi Composting?

Bokashi composting is proven safe, convenient, and quick way to compost food waste in your kitchen, garage, or apartment.

Bokashi means fermented organic matter in Japanese. Bokashi composting uses a selected group of microorganisms to anaerobically ferment organic waste. The microorganisms are applied using a impregnation carrier such as wheat bran.

bokashicomposting :http://bokashicomposting.com/

rabbits nibbling on grass

The farm had several animals being reared like rabbits.  Some are also for sale.

fish spa

One can have a foot spa for Php 60.00 which can last between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

bloggers enjoyed hand- fed budgerigars

The budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) is one of the birds being captively- breed in the facilities . For a minimal fee, the public can hand feed the animals.

miniature horses

a participant feeding a goat

One of the favorite attractions in Paradizoo is the FARM FRENZY.  It is an area where guest can cuddle animals such as rabbits , hamsters ,  budgerigars  . Be amazed by the farm collection of Dorper sheep , Boer, Kalahari  and Saanen diry goats , Rusa and turkeys from Australia which are also for sale.

flower garden

The flower garden show the  different color contrast and different varieties of flowering plants and herbal plants like marigold, mayana, dog fennel, kuyapo neatly arranged .

PerPETual Park- Pet Cemetery

Pet lovers and Animals lovers have a reason to bury their pets .  The farm will soon be offering”  pet columbary ” , a comforting means of expressing a lasting tribute to you favorite pet by selecting a burial plot and a permanent marker in marble or in granite .

flowering zinnias

butterflies and bloom

herbs and plants for sale

beehives

The farm also produces honey and other bee by-products such as beeswax . It had several bee colony and bees are such an important insects which aid the blooming plants in pollination.

lettuces grown in hydroponic

violet colored-lettuces planted in rows

Plant Me Home” experience, where you can select and pick vegetables and flowers from garden plots to take home. It’s a destination for pleasure, learning and healthy living.

strawberries

Semi-terete vandas , dancing lady orchids ( oncidium hybrids) , white cattleyas , Dendrobium hybrid are planted around the Orchid Pavilion.

white cattleyas

 Solanum mammosum or mickey mouse plant

Utong is a coarse and branched half-woody plant, prickly or unarmed, growing to a height of 0.4 to 1 meter. Stems are prickly and covered with soft short hairs. The fruits resembles the popular Disney character mickey mouse hence plant and horticulture lovers nickname them as such. The fruits are also favorite among flower arrangers because of its orange color and unique shape.

Popularly  called mickey mouse , utong , talong susu, tagotong , apple of Sodom

jackfruit tree with fruits

Most of the trees, flowering plants and animals along the pathway  were properly tagged . For some city dwellers and even school children who may not have seen actual flowering plants and fruit bearing trees , the signage is very important and educational too.

ornamental plants like bromeliad  top and boat plant

a Bromeliad and boat plant  (Rheo discolor ) locally called bangka-bangkaan , oyster plant add beauty and color to the landscape, this is also a practical way to save space ( vertical landscaping ) and practical way to using used plastic cups .

Website : http://stuartxchange.com/BangkaBangkaan.html

* Note : I must ” Thank” Engineer Grace Nicolas-Bondad, Mr. JB L. Badon, Filipino Health Bloggers and the rest of the Zoomanity staffs for the warm accommodation to the group.

Website : http://zoomanity.com.ph

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/zoomanitygroup

Paradizoo

Address: Km. 63 Panungyan Road, Mendez, Cavite, Philippines

General Inquiries:
     • Call : (02) 899-9595 local 344
     • Text : (0918) 503-3399 (Smart)
                 (0928) 808-5555 (Smart)
     • Fax : (02) 899-9829
     • Email : info@zoomanity.com.ph
Marketing Department
     • Call : (02) 899-9824/ 895-7142/ 898-3695/899-9828
     • Text : (0928) 808-5555 (Smart)
     • Email: reservation@zoomanity.com.ph
Event/ Promo/ Advertising Department:
     • (02) 899-9595 local 344
     • Email : promo_inquiry@zoomanity.com.ph
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