Good things come to those who wait. I mouthed these words over and over like a mantra while on a bus with a friend.
All farmers and gardens live by this principle or quote. Even at church yesterday we were talking of The Vine and the branches, pruning and being fruitful. I guess all these might give you hints of what I'm going to feature next.
You are right! Farming.
Yet somehow there seemed to be a lack in your thoughts. This is all about farming+ tourism +
food. All these make sense when I tell you about the boodle lunch I had with fellow writers inside a farm owned by the top boutique hotel in Sabang, Palawan.
Someone once wrote "The role of vacations – an indulgent nepotism from choice of food to pace of movement...represents the essential curated experience, the insurance that everything is beautiful, even if only for a while." True that a quick get away to Sheridan Beach Resort is near perfect if you're only after the comfort of a hotel and not taking into mind the other amazing things unscene or less experienced by many.
In my case, I love foraging new ideas, capturing those relevant issues that gives more meaning to life - like adventures, eating exotic foods and visiting farms, if given the opportunity. And boy, I'll cease every moment of it, I would even plant a tree and would be honored to name it.
Days have become too demanding lately. Free time has been rare. I cannot remember the last time I took a photograph just for the sheer pleasure of taking one. There are books on my shelf, on my bedside table untouched and unread. There are long walks to take. Friends to visit. Confections to make. I had planned a million to do’s the other day — like any other day.
This farm experience I had at Sheridan's Organic Farm is one of those travel moments that I had kept hidden in my draft, amongst files and files of them still awaiting to be shared. You have to excuse me, I'm a mom first and foremost. I guess if I would be given a second life, and will be allowed to choose the kind of life I like, it would be in an organic farm, but of course I have to be the owner of the farm (Donya lang ang peg.) and definitely not the one working in the vermiculture ward. Hahaha. Nothing against them worms or workers really, actually I commend the practice of it.
Sheridan's organic farm had only started four years ago, while many others have been thriving already and marketing their produce even outside Puerto Princesa. The farm now supplies 80% of the fresh produce served at the resort’s beachfront South Sea Restaurant. Organic farming is a process which involves strict adherence to practices and painstaking trial and error. In this part of the country, organic farming is very challenging as the island of Palawan is not as ideal as other Philippine islands as it is mostly made of limestone. Since Palawan is also more of a tropical rainforest than farmland, climate is also an issue.
That is why the farm can only produce certain varieties of vegetables and fruits. However, the fresh and diverse harvest still includes the more common tomatoes, papaya, sweet corn, arugula, cucumber, water melon, lettuce, broccoli, bananas, eggplant, cabbage, pechay, mint and basil as well as the more difficult to grow (in this climate) coriander, parsley, fennel, radish and cauliflower. Fruit trees and ornamental plants are also cultivated.
There are also area were different farm animal are being taken care of. As you can see they do have a few number of ostriches as well.
The farm is strong on their advocacy and one natural farming method they adapted is vermiculture.
Known also as worm compost, vermicast, worm castings, worm humus or worm manure, vermicompost is similar to plain compost, except that it uses worms in addition to microbes and bacteria to turn organic waste into a nutrient-rich fertilizer. Vermicompost, or vermiculture, most often uses two species of worms: Red Wigglers (Eisenia foetida) or Red Earthworms (Lumbricus rubellus) rarely found in soil and are adapted to the special conditions in rotting vegetation, compost and manure piles.
Worms are fed with the same organic waste from all the food waste of the hotel even the animal leftovers are tossed here.
The farm is particularly proud of their black rice production with 15% of the 70-hectare the land area dedicated to black rice farming. Of all the pigmented rice, black rice (considered one of the healthiest food types around) has the highest fiber content. Common black rice varieties are usually planted in upland areas but the farm has a variety that can grow in irrigated lowland areas.
Sheridan Organic Farm: Brgy. Cabayugan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The resort offers 4-hour (Mondays to Saturdays, 9 AM and 1 PM) farm tour to its guests who want a first-hand account of country life and a taste for naturally grown fruits and vegetables. While touring the farm, tourists are sometimes dared to pick these pesticide-free vegetables and eat them raw.
Sheridan's Organic Farm
Address: Sitio Sabang, Brgy. Cabayugan.
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
Palawan Sales Office: Jeco Bldg., Rizal Ave. Extn.,
Puerto Princesa City.
Tel (+63 48) 434 1448 to 49 and 723 7278.
Mobile Numbers (+63 917) 308-3245
and (+ 63 917) 308-3245.
Cebu Sales Office: Sheridan Bldg., Ouano Ave.,
NRA, Mandaue City.
Tel: (+63 32) 236-1001
Fax: (+63 32) 345-1000
Mobile number: (+63 917) 306-6984
Manila Sales Office:
Contact nos: (+63 2) 939-8888
Mobile number: (+63 917) 726-5224
Instagram official tag: #SheridanPalawan