Palawan’s Yamang Bukid Farm reopens to urban gardening enthusiasts

Yamang Bukid Farm
A bird’s eye view of the Yamang Bukid Farm’s developed and highly productive land. Photo by JM Zap on Yamang Bukid Farm-Palawan Facebook.

The Yamang Bukid Farm of Puerto Princesa in Palawan has reopened to visiting guests interested in their healthy organic products and urban farming.

The accredited Farm Tourism destination reopened on June 1, 2020, after its closure during the community quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus disease in the Philippines.

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During the lockdown, the Palawan-based farm managed to adapt and began delivering their health and immunity-boosting products, namely their famous Turmeric 10-in-1 Tea, to customers’ doorsteps.

They also employed employees untrained in agriculture to help in farming or delivery, assisted other farmers by supporting their farms and buying and re-selling their products.

The Yamang Bukid Farm teamed up with the internationally-recognized and equally eco-conscious Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort in providing food for families who were not given the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) services in Sabang, Palawan.

The farm is known for its organic produce and other healthy products. The farm’s goal is to not only provide fresh and healthy products for its clients but also to provide education and work for agriculturists as a Learning Site accredited by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) of the Department of Agriculture.

Yamang Bukid Farm is currently home to more than 300 farming employees, the majority of whom used to trade in illegal logging before turning to engage in farming. In 3 years, the now-productive land is a source of various health products that are distributed nationwide.

Urban gardening has also been championed by UP Los Banos which offers its edible landscaping model, the Bohol Backyard Food Garden Contest, and the agriculture department’s distribution of seedlings for home-based gardens.

The lockdown had been difficult for farmers who could not sell in the regular markets. Thankfully, programs by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Homegrown Organics, as well as private initiatives from San Miguel Corporation and Petron, have been helping farmers stay afloat by making farm produce orders more accessible to the market.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Yamang Bukid Farm in Palawan for championing urban gardening and farming.

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