The Colors of Hope at Lulu’s Nature Farm
Are you seeking peace of mind, positivity, and adventure? Lulu’s Nature Farm is a perfect place to unwind. It offers an experience of serenity with its greeneries at two hundred sixty-two (262) meters above sea level altitude. The hidden bliss is eighteen kilometers away from the National Highway of Opol, Misamis Oriental. The farm is owned and managed by Ms. Lourdes V. Abad.
It was in the year 2012 when her farm was first presented to the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) that allowed her to enhance her knowledge in farming. Since then, she was invited to attend a series of training, benchmarking, and farm visits. The experience leads her to venture into integrated organic farming.
Way back in the year 2010, the farm was just a remote five-hectare rolling area with a dying creek in an abandoned mining site. Definitely, not attractive to anyone. But the potential of this place started to show when a man offered his land to Ms. Lulu with a condition that he will still cultivate the area in exchange for food supply.
That offer touched Ms. Lulu’s heart and made an optimistic change in her life as she started to open her mind to farming. But it was never been as simple as she thought since she started at nothing but vain in agri-business. Fortunately, the transition of colors was slowly revealing.
Soil is life. The tint of security, protection, and comfort was finally framed after five years. That infertile thirsty land became a bliss of fruit trees, timber, vegetables, and cereal crops which now expanded to 20.3 hectares. From the knowledge gained through the technical assistance of ATI, Lulu never stops learning so that her farm can offer more, including different livestock as well. Ms. Lulu never imagined that she will be that affectionate to farming. Now she leads in the development of the farm and farming has become her passion.
Lulu’s Nature Farm finally painted the complete picture of her vision of a wholesome and pure environment with a graceful river flowing back to its nature, fishes freely swimming and frogs croaking aloud. She was glad that through the development of the farm, a paradise is born. She is happier knowing that her nature farm offers work opportunities to the locals, provides products to her neighboring communities and at the same time address climate change through the promotion of organic agriculture. “I just can’t describe that fulfillment of saving the earth and be productive at the same time,” she said.
The pigment of success associated with abundance was visibly decorated. The Year of the Rooster (2017) opens a new venture to her farm as she linked with private associations (MECOFA and HEKOFA) by lending the area for plantation of turmeric and at the same time to process and develop farm products specially made from the farm. Years from now she perceives to be a successful entrepreneur who will promote agri-tourism that would create more livelihood to locals.
“I find happiness in farming. I can do what I want and earn unlimited income through hard-work. It is the kind of business where you are not prone to bankruptcy. And the legacy of security for the family has assurance not just on money but the technology as well” she added.
Lulu’s Nature is situated in the hinterland barangay of Awang, Opol, known for its rich mineral deposit of chromites ore which has been the subject to an “off-and-on” mining operations since late 1930. It is geographically located at longitude 124.4821 and latitude 8.4597. It is about 18 kilometers from the National Highway at Poblacion, Opol following a well-paved gravel road. The place is secured for its stable peace and order condition as people in the community are mostly Dumagats or from the lowland, who are peace-loving people.
In 2015, Lulu’s Nature Farm was recognized as National Awardee for Gender and Development. It was also featured by the local ABS-CBN station Program Agri Tayo Dito and continues to accommodate individuals who dream of seeing a more colorful future in farming.
Source: Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center-X